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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. -- Pete Earley, New York Times bestselling author of CRAZY: A Father's Search through America's Mental Health Madness 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. -- Keith Ablow, M.D., psychiatrist, Fox News contributor, and coauthor of The 7: Seven Wonders to Change Your Life

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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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It's a fascinating peek into the minds of those who study minds. -- Rachel Saslow Washington Post [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 Johns Hopkins Magazine An intriguing read. Midwest Book Review 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 Road to Hellth 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 Baltimore Magazine 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 International Review of Psychiatry 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 Metapsychology

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