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 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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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 ... Read full review

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Insight into the complexity and the dynamics of providing and financing psychiatric care. Explains why some doctors are not in the in-network list for insurance companies. Insight into forensic psychiatry and the unfortunate events that unfold in some people's lives.

Contents

Introduction
1
A Note about Our Patients and Our Doctors
4
Getting Help
5
A Walk through the System
21
Why People Seek Care
42
Lets Talk
61
Ask Your Doctor to Prescribe
82
When Things Go Wrong
99
Hospitalbased Psychiatry
158
The Business of Psychiatry
183
Chapter 11 Things We Argue About
201
Chapter 12 The Future of Psychiatry
221
Acknowledgments
227
Sources and Suggested Reading
231
About the Authors
239
Index
247

A Child at Risk
122
The Prison Patient
135

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About the author (2011)

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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