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Shrink Rap - Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work

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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 dont all psychiatrists do it- When are medications helpful- What happens on a psychiatric unit- Can Prozac make people suicidal- Why do m ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I selected this book from the Amazon Vine program because I thought I knew a lot about psychiatry. I am a public defender who has successfully employed an insanity defense at a probation violation hearing, I work with forensic psychologists on a regular basis, and my brother is a psychiatrist himself. I was pleasantly surprised, then, to find so many surprises in this terrific book.

The book is co-written by three authors who try hard to develop a collaborative voice (they are successful, althoug
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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I liked the beginning part and the middle and end just got boring also they mentioned every mental disorder under the sun except for OCD that annoyed me but overall this book taught me a lot
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I'm the intended audience for this book, but I did get through it quickly and without complaint. I see it as a good discussion of psychiatry in various forms and in mostly laymans terms.

Much of the information was stuff I know from psych classes, and from personal experience with the mental health system, but there is certainly value in hearing from a doctor's perspective. I'm already pretty familiar with the standards for psychotherapy and the various different approaches. The con
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
As a medical interpreter I relay what was said in one language in another, so technically I only have to grok the words. However it helps if I know what the speakers are thinking and why they say the things they do. In many cases the patient's thoughts are simple: "OW. Ow ow ow ow ow - a little help here?" In acute cases the questions make sense: "You have a fever, ache, and chills... have you been in contact with anyone who has the flu?" The one specialty that tends to throw me off, though, is ...more
T.L. Cooper
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work by Dinah Miller, M.D., Annette Hanson, M. D., and Steven Roy Daviss, M. D. explain the way psychiatrists perform their jobs. They give detailed explanations of the process and example of possible scenarios to illustrate the various aspects of psychiatry. Written for the layman to understand the process, the book still calls for the reader to pay close attention in order to internalize all the nuances included. While the psychiatrists don't alway ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In “Shrink Rap,” three MD’s involved in the psychology industry--Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, and Steven Roy Daviss –explore the modern landscape of diagnostic criteria, treatment, the path to recovery, and much more through this guide to the industry.

The book alternates between stories of different patients, intended to portray different situations and their solutions. Chapters cover topics like the decision to get help, a walk through the system, different reasons why people might seek care
Steve Daviss
Dec 14, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: understand how the mental health field works, incl economical, practical, & social aspects
I won't rate it since I'm a co-author on the book, but I do appreciate the comments on GoodReads about Shrink Rap. Readers would know this, but we do have a blog called Shrink Rap where you can continue the conversation on many of these topics (many of our posts have dozens of comments). In addition, if you prefer audio, we have sixty-some podcasts on My Three Shrinks (also on iTunes w/50+ reviews).

Finally, a couple of good give-backs to the Good Readers. We have made available the list of Sugge
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work is a guide book to modern psychiatry. With the help of fictions patients, the three authors paint a portrait of psychiatric work in many situations. Beginning with what to expect when getting help, the authors cover the more personal situations of help. What an evaluation encompasses, what the psychiatric system is like, why people seek care and psychotropic medications. In the latter part of the book, the authors address different work places t ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I thought this would be a more in depth exploration of psychiatrists and how they approach certain problems. Instead, it reads like a high school level class on what psychiatry actually is. There was nothing insightful in the book. The only people I can imagine getting use out of this book would be those who think they might want to see a psychiatrist but know nothing about it and want to learn more, or maybe family members of people seeing psychiatrists who know nothing about it. It was not use ...more
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
A little bit sluggish to get through from start to finish so skipped around a bit. Some parts were off; for example the explanations about commitment are something that can vary greatly depending on state but overall ok introduction to different sorts of patients and how psychiatrists work in different situations.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This book does not contain anything that someone who is already passingly familiar with psychiatry doesn't already know. That said, if you fall into the "mystified by psychiatry" camp, this is probably a pretty fascinating book.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was unable to finish this. Good premise, but surprisingly boring execution.
Nate Hendrix
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was interesting and I learned from it, but not very entertaining. If you want to learn more about shrinks this is the book for you, but it gets to be kind of a slog twards the end.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
If you know anything about psychiatry or mental health services, this book is probably not worth your time.
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