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An insight into modern day psychiatry, written by a psychiatrist. Dispels myths about what mental illness is, and what psychiatrists actually do.
“How Shrinks Think” provides an overdue window into the world of the modern psychiatrist and goes a long way to dispersing stereotypes and the stigma that attaches to mental health professionals as well as their patients. The rising tide of awareness of mental ill health is mirrored by greater curiosity about what psychiatrists can offer and yet traditional stereotypes still inhibit help-seeking. With refreshing honesty Helen relates her personal experiences which illustrate how close psychiatry can come to being “The Impossible Profession” but also reveals the unique privileges and satisfaction that we receive as psychiatrists. She cuts through the smokescreen of political correctness to reveal the unacceptable state of public mental health care in Australia which is a result of grossly inadequate funding, stigma and discrimination within the health system in relation to psychiatry as a field and the patients, and the consequent and partly understandable timidity and weakness of psychiatric leadership in general. She rightly asserts that this is unacceptable and has to change. While she has followed a familiar pathway of talented psychiatrists to private practice where she provides expert care to people with significant needs, she has in a very responsible move continued to contribute positively to the careers of the emerging generation of psychiatrists through mentoring and deliberate boosting of their professional self esteem and confidence. This is a book which has been written with great clarity and a personal touch and it should be read not only by the general public but by medical students, doctors, and policy makers.”
|Professor Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD FRCP FRANZCP
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