Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work

Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work

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by Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, Steven Roy Daviss
     
 

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Finally, a book that explains everything you ever wanted to know about psychiatry!

In Shrink Rap, three psychiatrists from different specialties provide frank answers to questions such as:

• What is psychotherapy, how does it work, and why don't all psychiatrists do it?• When are medications helpful?• What happens on a psychiatric unit

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Finally, a book that explains everything you ever wanted to know about psychiatry!

In Shrink Rap, three psychiatrists from different specialties provide frank answers to questions such as:

• What is psychotherapy, how does it work, and why don't all psychiatrists do it?• When are medications helpful?• What happens on a psychiatric unit?• Can Prozac make people suicidal?• Why do many doctors not like Xanax?• Why do we have an insanity defense?• Why do people confess to crimes they didn't commit?

Based on the authors’ hugely popular blog and podcast series, this book is for patients and everyone else who is curious about how psychiatrists work. Using compelling patient vignettes, Shrink Rap explains how psychiatrists think about and address the problems they encounter, from the mundane (how much to charge) to the controversial (involuntary hospitalization). The authors face the field’s shortcomings head-on, revealing what other doctors may not admit about practicing psychiatry.

Candid and humorous, Shrink Rap gives a closeup view of psychiatry, peering into technology, treatments, and the business of the field. If you've ever wondered how psychiatry really works, let the Shrink Rappers explain.

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Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology - Silvia Di Paola

The authors convey a rich and detailed picture of psychiatry. They use plain English and reduce the use of medical jargon to the minimum: the book is thus usable by anyone interested in the topic.

Johns Hopkins Magazine
[Shrink Rap], the 'straight-talking guide to psychiatric care'... Although they explain psychiatry in all its merits and failings, acknowledging the limitations of their field, these are clearly three shrinks who love their jobs.

— Kristen Intlekofer

Washington Post
It’s a fascinating peek into the minds of those who study minds.

— Rachel Saslow

Midwest Book Review

An intriguing read.

Road to Hellth
The public should have a general understanding of important illnesses as well as the relative roles of patients, clinicians, and the economic, medical and political environments in treating them. It would make the discussion of healthcare reform a great deal more meaningful. This edition of Shrink Rap is an excellent beginning.The bottom line: if you or anyone you know has any interest in the world of psychiatry, do them a favor and have them ' Shrink Rapped'. It's a very worthwhile read.

— Dr. Doug Perednia

Baltimore Magazine
Most of us easily understand how to treat a broken arm, but a fractured psyche? That's an entirely different matter. Or is it? This clear-headed presentation of psychiatric services and methods covers a lot of ground and achieves a conversational tone that's both educational and entertaining.

— John Lewis

International Review of Psychiatry
While topics are addressed soundly for the professional reader, the authors’ optimism and humor consistently shine through, creating an informative and entertaining resource for patients and families

— Margaret S. Chisolm

Metapsychology
The authors convey a rich and detailed picture of psychiatry. They use plain English and reduce the use of medical jargon to the minimum: the book is thus usable by anyone interested in the topic.

— Silvia Di Paola

Washington Post - Rachel Saslow

It’s a fascinating peek into the minds of those who study minds.

Johns Hopkins Magazine - Kristen Intlekofer

[Shrink Rap], the 'straight-talking guide to psychiatric care'... Although they explain psychiatry in all its merits and failings, acknowledging the limitations of their field, these are clearly three shrinks who love their jobs.

Road to Hellth - Dr. Doug Perednia

The public should have a general understanding of important illnesses as well as the relative roles of patients, clinicians, and the economic, medical and political environments in treating them. It would make the discussion of healthcare reform a great deal more meaningful. This edition of Shrink Rap is an excellent beginning.The bottom line: if you or anyone you know has any interest in the world of psychiatry, do them a favor and have them ' Shrink Rapped'. It's a very worthwhile read.

Baltimore Magazine - John Lewis

Most of us easily understand how to treat a broken arm, but a fractured psyche? That's an entirely different matter. Or is it? This clear-headed presentation of psychiatric services and methods covers a lot of ground and achieves a conversational tone that's both educational and entertaining.

International Review of Psychiatry - Margaret S. Chisolm

While topics are addressed soundly for the professional reader, the authors’ optimism and humor consistently shine through, creating an informative and entertaining resource for patients and families

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421400747
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,022,893
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Keith Ablow

In the too-often confusing and fractured world of mental health services, Shrink Rap is a ready resource for patients and their families looking for more insight into the range of services available and how they are delivered.

Pete Earley

One of the most useful books I’ve read about mental illnesses—and as the father of a son with a severe mental disorder, I’ve read just about all of them. It demystifies our complicated medical and legal system, explaining everything from 'chemical imbalances' to involuntary commitment procedures to the most recent advances in brain mapping. If you have a mental disorder, love someone who has one, or are a doctor, therapist, social worker, lawyer, judge, or criminal justice professional, you need to read this book.

Meet the Author

Dinah Miller, M.D., a psychiatrist and writer, is in private practice and is a consulting psychiatrist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program. Annette Hanson, M.D., is a forensic psychiatrist with appointments at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Steven Roy Daviss, M.D., also on the faculty at the University of Maryland, is a hospital-based psychiatrist and medical informatician and is chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. All three created Shrink Rap, a blog by psychiatrists for psychiatrists, and My Three Shrinks, a podcast series about psychiatry.

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Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheOtherJake More than 1 year ago
Great book for anyone interested in psychiatry or psychiatrists. Lots of information presented in an interesting way. Plenty of clarity and examples. Note, if you're looking for a lighthearted or humorous book, which the title might suggest, this is not it. But if you want information in an intelligent, often entertaining, way about psychiatry then this is the place.
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