My Three Shrinks

Reviews For My Three Shrinks

When I found this podcast, about a year ago, I downloaded all of the extant shows & started listening in order (surely indicative of some DSM-IVR malady). The first 10 or so were unrelentingly awful, as (to be fair) one might expect from newbies. Awful sound, utter lack of format self-conception or self-discipline, on-mic bickering, continuous dog barking, bird chirping, cell phone ringing, etc. Skip these without a second thought. [I have just rescued several hours of your life better spent watching Jerry Springer or re-runs of Hogan's Heroes - you're welcome.] Bad News the First: It really never got all that much better. Roy bought & figured out a new mic, which helped the sound considerably. What this ended up meaning, unfortunately, was much better sound staging for dog barking, pointless bickering, cell phone ringing…sound familiar? Bad News the Second: If you're the sort of person who kind of just assumes (or needs to believe) that doctors in general and psychiatrists in particular are notably more intelligent than the average person walking down the street…surrender all hope. These folks, while perfectly nice, are stunningly average in general intelligence. Yes, they made it through med school and residency and boards, so they're definitely not dumb. But they're not *smart* either, if you see what I mean. They don't make connections between topics previously discussed or items in the news and previous topics of their podcasts; they aren't _at all_ self-aware WRT their presentation (and seem somewhat deficient WRT self-reflexivity in general); as a collective, they're surprisingly ignorant of broad swathes of popular culture, general news, and the sort of more informed general knowledge & opinion that one expects from readers of (e.g.) the New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Nation, or The New Republic (to say nothing of the NYRev of Books). It's a depressing experience if you've a naive faith in the elevating effects of higher professional education. In other words, if your sub-conscious model of a shrink is a sort of scholarly child of Freud, learned and wise, broadly well-read and familiar with the world at large and the depth of human experience in general, look elsewhere. Good News the First: Roy is easily the most informed and informative of the three - he seems the most plugged-in to the world in general, he's capable of focussing and not engaging in mindless cross-talk of either the process-talk variety ("Are we going to discuss X? I thought we were going to discuss X…or was it Y? Oh rightrightright, it was Z - Roy, weren't you going to mention Z? Maybe you do that and then I'll come back to X…or Y."), or of the utterly and generally inane variety ("Isn't there something about Girl Scout cookies and subterranean super-pythons? Wasn't there something in the news, something about cough lozenges, Anthony Bourdain, and testicular cancer?). Bad News the Third: The other two have not improved one iota over the years. Hard to believe, but I've listened to every episode seriatim, hoping it would get better, but at some point I was just listening out of pure malicious curiosity. I hasten to disavow sexism as the source of that opinion - my own shrink is female, absolutely brilliant in a myriad of ways, and easily the best shrink I've ever had. Final Upside: They do cover some topics of psychiatric interest, though usually not very well. Listen to one of the more structured podcasts (MGH, e.g.) if you really want informative commentary on psychiatric topics. This show _could_ be so good; that's what made it such a huge disappointment. I hope three other shrinks somewhere will pick up the idea and make it work.
I love this podcast and have listened to all sixty something episodes in the last 4 weeks. Clink, Roy, and Dinah are wildly funny. Their conversation topics are fascinating and have helped me narrow down my search for a career in the mental health field. I'm leaning towards psychiatry after listening to this podcast.
This podcast advertises some potentially very fascinating topics. Unfortunately the hosts are unorganized and difficult to hear. What's more, by the time they finally agree on what they will NOT discuss, they end up not really saying anything. I feel I gave this podcast more than a fair chance by listening to six episodes. It irritated me so much that I spent the past half hour or so locating my Apple ID and password so I could post this review.
Love this podcast! The banter and unguarded comments are fun to listen to and this is stuff that patients rarely hear. From my perspective of being both a patient and a family member of a shrink I find it fascinating to listen to the conversation between the three of them. I wish there were more new episodes though - I've listened to just about all of them and find myself craving more!
This is a beautiful display in passive aggressive behavior, otherwise it is just plain embarrassing to listen to. There are other podcasts where the hosts get along.
Nothing in a year? WTH is "Grand Rounds"?* "My 3" was great. Sigh... *Clunky name, nebulous, & dumb.
I have it on good faith that the Shrink Rappers will be cranking up their mics and mixer this summer to start podcasting again. It's been nearly a year, so about time. Can't wait!
I just wish they would make some new episodes!
Podcast 48 was a real treasure, and I have enjoyed all the episodes on ITUNES. Please continue the good work and post episode 47.
Love your work!!! I am currently in my last semester in an MFT program and working as an intern. I am very interested in pschiatry, but not enough to send me to medical school. I really enjoy your podcast and have listend to all of them in about a month. What I have found is that if I am in a bad mood or had a difficult day, I can zone out to you three and things just seem better (hence the title). ClinkShrink - when you started laughing at the end of the Dr. Phil podcast, I laughed just as hard and even went back to listen to that one a few times. Nothing against you Dinah, it was more Clink's laughing that got me. Anyway, I really enjoy you three and some of the topics are very relevant to what I am doing so thank you and keep up the good work!!!!
I listen to several podcasts and enjoy yours greatly. The disorganization makes it easier to concentrate on each persons opinions as opposed to listening to a dry commentary with little or no emotion. Your ability to bring the converstion to a level a lay person can understand also helps to keep it interesting. Patient K
I was stuck in a traffic jam and listened to several podcasts that I had downloaded just to see what they were like. Very entertaining as well as informative. I'm a psychiatric nurse. I like to listen to psych podcasts but they're usually very dry. Not this.... I love it. Thanks.
I love this podcast, but it has disappeared! What happened?
I just began my first year of a military psych residency and I've been listening to this podcast for months now. I enjoy the lightness of the discussions (although the humerous bickering gets a little heavy - haha) and at the same time I learn little tid-bits of new information that keep me on top of things. Thanks you three, keep up the good work!
I have listened to the podcast for a few months now and find that I really enjoy the conversational style. I frequently find myself wanting to contribute to the conversation with Dinah, Roy, and Clinkshrink. This podcast evokes "positive transference" back to the days of residency and journal club. I also agree that this is a partial antidote to the professional isolation that can occur in private practice. The podcast is stimulating and educational; yet avoids being dry as CME programs frequently are. The topics of discussion are very relevant and engaging. Through the discussion of various therapeutic considerations, I always take away something of value from each of the podcasts: from new clinical insights to consideration of diverse opinions in treatment options. I have recommended this podcast to colleagues and will continue to subscribe myself. Thank you for all of your time and effort. It is a worthwhile and appreciated endeavor.
This podcast is completely disorganized and very amateurish (to the point of being kolledge kiddie). These tweety-bird pshrinks talk about whatever pops into their pea brains. They obviously do not sit down and PLAN their podcast. This is a shame, because psychiatry is now a fast-moving field. I'm writing this review on June 25, 2008. A few days ago, there was a scandal involving several Harvard child psychiatrists that will cause people to review the research supporting the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in children. Cymbalta got approval by the FDA for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. These are important news items in the world of psychiatry and these tweety birds don't tweet tweet tweet on these topics. There are a lot of very good medical related podcasts out there. For example, the medics who produce the podcasts Mitigation Journal and The Medic Cast do it as a hobby, yet their podcasts are very professionally produced and information packed. I wish there was a psychiatry podcast that is as well done and practical as these two EMS podcasts. But then.... My friends who are pshrinks tell me that it is impossible to tell the difference between the pshrinks and the patients... and the patients might be saner!
This podcast is very entertaining and filled with great information. Good chemistry between the three of you.
Has much potential! Can be very informative. Unfortunately it is very unorganized!!! Much of the information gets lost amongst thier squable. They are frustrated with each other, which in turn frustrates you. If they can syncronize and organize, it could be great!!!
I love my three shrinks and have been an avid listener since its birth. I like how the topics are academic in nature but presented in a fun an interesting way. I also enjoy the chemistry between the three podcasters as it allows one to feel as if he or she were almost in some group therapy session analyzing group dynamics. Although I am a doctoral music student, I find this show to be my favorite and the one I always listen to first onmy ipod. Great job, y'all!!!
Informative, provocative, fun. As a mental health professional I recommend this podcast to my collegues. It's a learning experience that happens to be quite enjoyable.
The topics of this podcast are often interesting yet the hosts seem to only want to express THEIR opinions and not listen to what the others have to offer.
This is one of the most interesting and well delivered podcasts I've encountered. I've been listening on and off for over a year, and while other podcasts have lured me away I always come back. Never boring, consistently high quality -- I always learn something. I was an amateur psychiatrist in my youth, and this podcast satisfies my mature yearnings for serious psychological discourse. Thank you for producing it!
Thanks a million for getting your new sound equipment. I've been listening for a several weeks and really appreciate the difference in the new equipment. Previously, I could not tell the womens voices apart and it was sometimes confusing. Now I can understand what everyone is saying. I've enjoyed listening. Thanks!
I read the other reviews and I see that you have broad appeal: you appeal to both the layperson and professional. I will speak from the professional point of view. I am a psychiatrist and very much enjoy both the content and the way it is presented. I am going to tell my friends about your podcast (both lay people and professionals.) I just discovered the podcasts and I am listening to them at the rate of one every other day, so I still have many to explore. About professional isolation: I've heard (and experienced) that psychiatrists/therapists are especially susceptible to becoming isolated and insulated in their own world. Because of confidentiality and because we don't tend to work in groups when we are doing therapy. Because there is little time in the day to network. So, your podcast, along with being educational and entertaining, is one partial antidote to this isolation. Through your podcasts, we psychiatrists can hear how other psychiatrists think in a way that is not censored or biased by the psychopharm industry. Please keep up the good work.
I have just recently discovered Podcasts after getting an Ipod and have listened and subscribed to over 30 different titles ranging from ESPN to Arts to Physcology. I would say this is one of my favorites. There are many different questions that I have personally but sometimes feel embaraced to ask someone directly. This is a safe non direct approach to listen to three "Shrinks" talk back and forth getting slightly different ideas and opionions. THANKS FOR GETTING THE NEW SOUND EQUIPMENT Wow what a difference it makes! HD Podcasts :) Again thanks for your time; and for anyone wondering if it is worth the time..... no question 100% yes.
Roy's podcast about delirium needs to be heard by all. My mother went into a hospital for intestional obstruction and many things went unnoticed. Sepsis started in before she left the hospital and all the labs pointed to it, but she also had delirium which started after the surgery. The hospiltal blew if off as hospital psychosis and after a few days she was better but still not all there. They kept her for a week but then discharged her. She later died from sepsis. DELIRIUM should never be ignored. I am so glad you discused this on a popular podcast. If I heard this podcast before my mothers passing maybed I could have saved her. I hope everybodys listens to the podcast about delirium, a very important sign that shows your loved one could be in danger and die. I hope you know that you probably saved one or many live's from that one podcast. Much kudos to you. Great job to all three shrinks.
I was able to listen again, and to my delight, I was "astounded" with the new sound quality in your "studio.". Again thank you for an interesting evening. Now 2 of my lfriends from far distances get on our cellphones, conference, listen to your podcast and then talk about life. This happens late at night, between pages on our nights on call. Just thought you might find it funny. We do. We call ourselves the leaders of the nerd herd. Huggs to all. R
This has poor radio quality, which is strange, considering its sister show, "Shrink Rap Radio" has the best audio quality I've heard on the net. Its also confusing, as three people are talking at once, and their voices vary, so I constantly have to readjust the volume.
As a Psy.D. student in her last year of taking classes, this podcast has been helpful in staying on top of topics important to the field AND is just interesting to hear professionals chat - makes them appear more normal in my opinion.
I may be biased by being a psychiatrist and so inadvertently find myself being very critical of statements made by the team. I would like to enjoy it as banter but then the folks talk about serious stuff and my ears perk up. The most recent podcast considering the NYTimes ethics giving someone else ADHD meds gave me cause for concern and I would have preferred if it was challenged factually and not lightheartedly as, even though it is banter, these are three professionals. At the end of the day though kudos to you. YOU are online doing the work and I'm not, so thank you for the effort.
If you have any interest in the realm of psychiatry then you must listen to this podcast. Dinah, Clinkshrink and Roy do a wonderful job of presenting psychiatric issues in layman's terms that are both easy to understand and hilarious to listen to. Issues they discuss vary from psychiatrists in film and tv to mental health issues that range from depression to identity disorders. It's like going to med school, minus all the studying plus a whole lot cheaper.
My Three Shrinks are both thought provoking and entertaining. All three of them have great personalities that make the topics discussed all that more interesting to listen to.
I'm a psychiatrist in Michigan, and I love your podcast - except when I can't hear you!!! There are times when I can only catch every third comment, even with the volume turned all the way up. Please consider investing in some better recording equipment (after all, you're getting pretty big-time in the podcasting world now....). Thanks for sharing such lively, genuine conversations about the work of real psychiatrists.
I love the podcast, very informative, makes me chuckle, wish the psychiatrists around here had even 1/4 of the personality that you guys have!!! Thanks for your hard work and keep em comin!
If you have ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a shrink, you just need to listen to one podcast with Dinah, Clinkshrink and Roy to find out that they are people just like us. (Where do I get a never-ending supply of chocolate?) There is no topic that they are not willing to tackle within their field and they apply their insight which is filled with experience and, most importantly, compassion. They want to help people feel better. It is clear that they are good friends and their relationship makes this a very enjoyable podcast. There aren't too many places where I can laugh and learn at the same time. You guys are fantastic, please don't stop podcasting!
I found this podcast by accident while searching for mental health topics a few weeks ago and have not stopped listening. As a psychologist, I appreciate the timeliness of the topics as well as feeling like I am in a friendly, mental health discussion group with other fun, witty professionals--the discussions can get light-hearted and fun but are how providers "talk shop" amongst themselves--and never irrelevant (okay, except the Dr. Phil gag... but it was really funny). Keep up the great work.
I stumbled upon "My Three Shrinks" two months ago. Mental health and psychiatry get such short shrift in medical school, and I'm really glad I found this podcast. It has become one of my favorite podcasts, and I often listen to it on my way to class. As both a patient and (hopefully) future shrink, I enjoy the different perspectives that Roy, Dinah, and Clink Shrink bring to a broad discussion of modern psychiatry. More than anything, I just love learning about how real shrinks think. I hope you guys keep on podcasting, and I would definitely recommend it to other people in my psych interest group.
This is really a good show for us lay folks, I really enjoy the banter. Very informative and not a chore to listen to. Please keep up the good work.
In an attempt to canvas what was out there, I recently decided to download a bunch of randomly selected podcasts. Sadly most podcasts are so bad that I can only listen to them for only 30 seconds or so. The less said about that, the better. I like My Three Shrinks the most. The three shrinks—ClinkShrink, Dinah, and Roy—are a winning combination of likeable, mildly argumentative, and almost always interesting personalities. I find their discussions of mental pathologies fascinating, but I am even more interested in their struggles with philosophical/ethical issues, juxtaposed with the always pressing need for practical application. For example, in one recent episode, they discuss how they go about deciding who needs medication; the discussion soon became a philosophical sandbox of serious consequence. Typical question: How do you know a person meets a threshold that triggers a valid justification for medication? But the Three Shrinks ask such questions in an engaging, honest way that I find refreshing. Sometimes, you can hear one of them revising how they have looked at an important problem. How often can you say about anything you see or hear in any mass medium? It's a fun podcast to listen to—often laugh-out-loud funny.
I really like this podcast. I think the reason is that it is a wonderful blend of information and humor. It makes psychotherapy very understandable and shrinks very human, showing psychotherapy as an art, a science and a business. I enjoy the choice of topics and the interplay between the three psychiatrists. From these podcasts, you learn a little bit about what's new in psychotherapy and what it's like to practice in today's environment, the joys, the challenges, the pitfalls, the irritants and the rewards. It's a little like getting to listen at the keyhole as the three psychiatrists discuss big and little issues in psychiatry. I'm not sure exactly why I like it so much, but it does get a little addictive. My three shrinks feel like friends, a little nerdy, a little goofy, interesting and loveable. I like listening to them and I love my three shrinks.
All I ever needed to know about psychiatry, I learned from My Three Shrinks and Shrink Rap (ok, the sad thing is that that's at least partly true). Seriously, I love the podcasts. The shrinks give an interesting take on mental health issues with a nice dose of silliness thrown in. The questions from the audience section are a new edition, and seem to be working out well.
The program is a series of brief segments in which three psychiatrists discuss various contemporary mental health issues, many of them from print and online media. The interplay between the three is enjoyable, and their discussion is animated, with intensity and humor. This podcast is aimed at the general public, but also of interest to those in the field. I am a clinical forensic psychologist and part-time academic, and I always learn something form the show. I always learn something.
The podcast is interesting and informative and quite enjoyable. The topics chosen for each podcast span a wide range ensuring something for everyone and the Three Shrinks have an email address to which you can send suggested topics. Just don't ask them to help you figure out your mother because, well, because they only have half an hour for the podcast.