From psychopathic serial killers to CIA operatives with bipolar disorder, depictions of mental health are pretty much everywhere in entertainment. But what’s exaggerated for the screen? And what can these portrayals tell us about actual psychological diagnoses and modern, evidence-based treatments? Hosted by two practicing clinical psychology PhDs, Freudian Scripts explores the real world of psychology today, destigmatizing mental health, through the lens of your favorite TV shows and movies.
Dr. Fran is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and specializes in working with individuals exposed to trauma and adversity across the lifespan. Currently, she is a Research Faculty in a university setting seeing clients and conducting research. Dr. Fran is also passionate about her work with at-risk youth and other underserved communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals. Her favorite movies and TV shows include most movies by Quentin Tarentino (think Reservoir Dogs), Fight Club, Atypical, and Sex Education. She is also a sucker for cooking competitions, including the Great British Baking Show and Top Chef.
Dr. Sam has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in pediatric psychology, working with youth with chronic illnesses. She is currently faculty at a major academic medical center. Dr. Sam is passionate about clinical work and research. With training at some of the country’s most prestigious children’s hospitals, Dr. Sam’s expertise includes health psychology, diabetes, adherence, sleep, and working with adolescents/young adults. Her favorite movies and TV shows include Wedding Crashers, The Office, New Girl and anything by Wes Anderson or Tim Burton.
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