Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work (Paperback)

Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work

By Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, Steven Roy Daviss

Johns Hopkins University Press, 9781421400129, 255pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2011



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.

About 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.

Coverage from NPR