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72 minutes | 20 days ago
In Session with “Rain Man”
Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran hope to spread awareness, information and acceptance during Autism Awareness Month. Their first stop? One of the most commonly referenced portrayals of autism in American cinema, the 1988 Academy Award-winning film, Rain Man. We use Diagnosis Bingo to break down the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and determine whether that diagnosis applies to Dustin Hoffman’s character, Raymond. What aspects of Raymond’s character seem to accurately portray autism and which have been exaggerated? For example, do people with autism always have special abilities? We wouldn’t bet on it. The doctors explore the misconceptions around autism and savant syndrome. Listen to this week’s episode and stay in our good graces. Unless you want to get stuck with the rose bushes just like Charlie… THE ROSE BUSHES?!
67 minutes | a month ago
In Session with “Sharp Objects”
Travel with Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran to Wind Gap with Camille Preaker as they investigate HBO’s Sharp Objects. Who is murdering children in Wind Gap? What is going on with Camille, Amma, and Adora? The doctors solve those questions quicker than Detective Richard and the police chief solve the town’s crimes. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran review complex topics seen in the show including Camille’s history of abuse, alcohol use, and non-suicidal self-injury. Would we expect someone to engage in self-harm the unique way Camille does? Given Camille’s difficult history and current challenges, what could treatment for her ideally look like? Learn more about an uncommon disorder which is commonly portrayed in entertainment. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran dive into Adora poisoning her children and review a new diagnosis—factitious disorder imposed on another (previously called Munchausen syndrome by proxy). That also brings us to a new Diagnosis Graveyard. We will tell mama if you don’t listen to this week’s session! Content Warning: episode discusses suicide, non-suicidal self-injury/self-harm, and child abuse
63 minutes | 2 months ago
In Session with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Dear friend, join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran as they go back to high school with Sam, and Charlie. By popular demand, the doctors evaluate The Perks of Being a Wallflower this wee. Join this ‘island of misfit toys’ as we discuss Charlie’s social isolation, loneliness, and relationships. We also discuss adolescent mental health and Charlie’s mental health as it shifts throughout the movie. Are Charlie’s experiences as a teen realistic or possible? Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran review complex topics seen in the movie including Charlie’s history of sexual abuse, trauma, and his treatment experience. What would treatment for Charlie ideally look like? The doctors investigate components of treatment that seem to be helpful for Charlie and overall treatment options. We accept the love we think we deserve and we think you will love this week’s session!
76 minutes | 2 months ago
In Session with “To the Bone”
In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re putting Netflix’s 2017 drama To the Bone on the couch. Starring Lily Collins, this film tells the story of Ellen, a young woman battling anorexia, including her treatment at a residential facility led by the unconventional methods of Dr. Beckham, played by Keanu Reeves. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran discuss whether or not Ellen meets criteria for anorexia as well as the prevalence of anorexia in the US. We also review what Ellen’s treatment looks like in the film and explore the broader treatment of eating disorders by level of care (or setting) and type. Even beyond the subject of eating disorders, this is an especially helpful breakdown for anyone navigating the mental health system. Finally, we discuss some of the controversy surrounding the film and rate the portrayal of anorexia and its treatment on our DSM-5 (Diagnosing Shows and Movies). Plus, we share some certified PhDonts that the movie definitely got wrong. We hope this episode provides help and hope. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can get help by calling the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
In Session with “The Queen’s Gambit”
After a short winter break, we’ve returned to tackle Netflix’s hit series The Queen’s Gambit. Join us as we sit across the board from orphan turned chess champion, Beth Harmon. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran explore what makes Beth a prodigy, investigate her time in foster care and review her battle with substance use. Plus, what are those little green pills or “magic vitamins” they’re giving out at Methuen Home? Is that really a thing that happened in orphanages in the 1950s? As her star in the chess world rises, so too does Beth’s tolerance for alcohol and drugs. Does she really need them? Or is this just another Sicilian Defense mechanism? We discuss substance use disorder, treatment and the importance of social support when combating these difficulties, not to mention Grandmaster Borgov. Don’t be a pawn! Listening to this week’s session is the best opening move of 2021.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
In Session with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Every lover of podcasts liked Freudian Scripts a lot,But the Grinch, who never listened or downloaded, did not! The Grinch hated psychology. The other Whos, they would tease him.It was especially bad during the holiday season. So on this week’s episode, Dr. Sam and Dr. Frandecided to psychoanalyze this little green man. What’s going on at the top of Mt. Crumpit?If there’s a diagnosis to be had, we’ve never been stumped yet. Is it attachment, anxiety or clinical depression?Listen and figure out during our special holiday session. On the 20th anniversary of this live action story,We’ll celebrate this classic, in all it’s Grinchy glory!
71 minutes | 5 months ago
In Session with “Mean Girls”
On Thursdays, we wear pink and listen to Freudian Scripts. That’s right. This week, Dr. Sam and Fran are reenrolling at North Shore High School to meet up with Cady Heron, Regina George and the rest of the Plastics. This is going to be so fetch! We’re not “pushers” like Ms. Norbury, but we’d highly encourage you to listen to this episode if you’re interested in learning about adolescent relationships and friendships, cliques and bullying as well as body image. At the very least, we promise you’ll learn way more than in one of Coach Carr’s health classes. Find out what impact being “popular” has on teens, the best way to address bullying in schools and whether a school-wide trust fall exercise is really recommended. Hint: we’re putting it in our own Burn Book. How much will you enjoy this week’s episode? The limit does not exist.
76 minutes | 6 months ago
In Session with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
Thi This session we transfer you from Ratched’s Lucia State Hospital to Oregon State Hospital as we discuss a classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran as they discuss inpatient psychiatric hospitalization as portrayed in the 1975 film and take a dive into the history of psychiatric hospitals in the US. What’s the difference between voluntary and involuntary commitments? What does treatment look like? And is ECT still a thing? The answer might SHOCK you. Plus, we also try to sort out whether R.P McMurphy is feigning symptoms to escape prison labor or if he truly has symptoms of mental illness. How does Nurse Ratched play into all of this? And is she still a fan of the lobotomy? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Mildred is one to learn from her mistakes. Line up and take your medicine. And by medicine, we mean this session.
64 minutes | 6 months ago
In Session with “Ratched”
Welcome to Lucia State Hospital… where the nurses are not nurses, the doctor is taking more medication than he prescribes, and the only problems the patients face are the people “treating” them. Don’t lose your head! For a special Halloween treat and final episode in the Spooky Session Series, Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss Netflix’s popular show, Ratched. Join us as we attempt to better understand Nurse Ratched. Is she an angel of mercy or angel of death? We also chat about Edmund and his motivations. Finally, we review the various treatments portrayed including lobotomies, hypnosis, scalding baths, and LSD. Yes, we said treatments… This session will have you thanking your lucky stars that you are not under the care of Nurse Ratched or Dr. Hanover where the only positives are the stylish wardrobe and expansive office space. See you next session at Oregon State Hospital!
78 minutes | 7 months ago
In Session with “Shutter Island” with Dr. Weber
This week Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss our second psychological thriller, Shutter Island, as part of October’s Spooky Session Series. Join the doctors and Teddy Daniels as they embark on a journey to Ashecliffe Hospital in search of a missing patient. This week, Dr. Emily Weber, a forensic psychologist, joins as we discuss the evolution of forensic hospitals and treatment as well as trauma, delusions, and hallucinations. Are transorbital lobotomies still a major form of treatment for the “criminally insane?” What does “criminally insane” even mean? Most importantly, does Teddy uncover and thwart a mass conspiracy to experiment on patients and create “ghost soldiers?” Dr. Sam pulls out her spy notebook and the doctors work to get to the bottom of what is really happening at Ashecliffe. Which would be worse—to live as a monster? Or miss this week’s episode of Freudian Scripts?
88 minutes | 7 months ago
In Session with “The Silence of the Lambs” with Dr. Adam
Hello, Freudian Scripters. This week Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss a classic psychological thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. This movie may have won a ton of awards, but would they win one for their portrayal of psychological themes? This week, the doctors are joined by an expert in forensic psychology—Dr. Adam Coffey. The doctors discuss serial killing, psychopathy, and whether the two are related. Dr. Adam also gives an introduction into forensic psychology and the “CSI effect.” And finally, we all know Hannibal as a psychopathic cannibal, but does he meet criteria for psychopathy? We play Diagnosis Bingo to find out! You don’t want Hannibal Lecter in your head, so pour yourself a nice glass of chianti, serve up some fava beans and listen to this week’s session!
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Mini-Session 2: Q&A with Dr. De Los Reyes
Do you have questions about applying to or attending graduate school? What about how to navigate a research career or career in academia? Well, you are in luck! Join Drs. Sam and Fran as they welcome Dr. Andres De Los Reyes back to for a Mini-Session. Dr. De Los Reyes returns to Freudian Scripts to answer listener questions on just these topics.
59 minutes | 8 months ago
In Session with Iron Man and Spider-Man with Dr. De Los Reyes
With great podcasting, comes great responsibility. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran take a detour from discussing a single show or movie and instead attempt to tackle an entire universe. Join us as we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including the personality traits and potential diagnoses for Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Peter Parker (Spider-Man). Iron Man is a self-declared narcissist, but is he actually? Peter Parker on the other hand is a shy adolescent. But that’s only when he’s not wearing a mask! This week, the doctors are joined by their first guest—Dr. Andres De Los Reyes, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Dr. De Los Reyes discusses mentorship through the lens of Tony Stark and Peter Parker’s relationship. He also uses the MCU to discuss navigating conflicts and compromises. Finally, listen to discover which Marvel characters and movies are our favorites. We can’t tackle the full MCU in one week’s session so we may have to use an Infinity Stone to time or space travel and cover additional MCU movies in the future… or past?!
76 minutes | 8 months ago
In Session with “Silver Linings Playbook”
Excelsior! You voted. We listened. Join us as Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran put Silver Linings Playbook on the couch this week. (Just don’t sit in Pat’s dad’s favorite spot or you’ll mess up the juju.) This week, the doctors discuss the critically acclaimed 2012 film, Silver Linings Playbook, which bravely explores mental health through the outstanding performances of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. With so much to cover, the doctors focus their attention on one of the most often portrayed but frequently misunderstood diagnoses—bipolar disorder. As Pat (Bradley Cooper) returns home from an eight-months stay in psychiatric hospital, he attempts to win back his ex-wife while moving in with his parents and coping with this new diagnosis. But does Cooper’s portrayal conform to what we might expect for someone with bipolar disorder? We play Diagnosis Bingo to find out. Plus, what do we make of Dr. Patel’s approach to treating Pat? And will Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran approve of going shirtless and body painted to a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate with your patient? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet your restaurant on it. If we’re reading the signs, you’re going to love this episode. So put down that Ernest Hemingway novel and plug in your headphones. Let’s dance.
76 minutes | 9 months ago
In Session with “Fight Club”
Are you Jack’s eager ears? This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran cover the cult favorite, Fight Club. And we do mean cult. The doctors dive into the possible psychopathology of both the narrator (played by Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). We learn more about the narrator’s insomnia and gain a better understanding of his mood and motivations. We then compare and contrast the narrator with his new best bud, Tyler. Next, the doctors break the first two rules and talk about the creation and purpose of the Fight Club. And try to get to the bottom of the club vs cult question. Finally, we discuss one of the most infamous twists in movie history with a breakdown of Dissociative Identity Disorder. If this is your first episode, you must rate, review and subscribe. Just kidding. You met us at a very strange time in our podcast.
52 minutes | 9 months ago
In Session with “Never Have I Ever”
What’s a-poppin? Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran this week at Sherman Oaks High School as they break down Netflix’s hit series, Never Have I Ever. Follow 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar as she navigates grief, trauma, friendships, family and romance. Drs. Sam and Fran help to explain why Devi’s legs may have “given out.” Spoiler alert: No Ben, she’s not faking it! The doctors also discuss traumatic grief and examine how Devi attempts to contend with the loss of her father, which includes getting attacked by a wild animal and trying to “bone” the hottest guy in school, “Paxton friggin Hall friggin Yoshida.” Maybe not the best coping mechanisms. In honor of BIPOC/Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we discuss disparities in mental health in underrepresented groups. Specifically, we discuss mental health in the South Asian American population through the lens of Devi. We also briefly share information about the diversity, or lack thereof, of psychologists in the U.S. workforce. Finally, we break down the portrayal of teenagers in therapy—something with which both docs are very familiar. Can therapists really be as cool as Dr. Ryan? And should you ask your therapist to buy you a thong or alcohol? Listen to this week’s episode to find out. Girl, bye.
43 minutes | 10 months ago
In Session with “Couples Retreat”
Kick off your flippers! We’re headed to Eden West to take a deep dive into Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau’s 2009 vacation comedy Couples Retreat. There’ll be kayaking, jet skiing and, of course, couples skill building. It’s the Pelican Package, only instead of Monsieur Marcel, you’ll be guided on your journey by Drs. Sam and Fran. We discuss the Gottman Institute’s “Four Horsemen,” as it relates to conflict in relationships, and how they apply to each of the couples from the movie. For example, it may not be a good sign if you describe your relationship as “average, great.” Plus, for the first time, we take a look at the world of couples therapy. What strategies do we see employed by the therapists in the movie, and which of these are used in real-life couples therapy? Hint: it’s not swimming in shark-infested waters. And, oh yeah, are there actually luxurious therapy resorts? If you or Grandpa Jim-Jim have read this far into the summary, we’ll take that as a firm, tentative yes that you’ll be downloading and listening.
66 minutes | 10 months ago
In Session with “Sex Education”
You may feel like a sex guru after this week’s session analyzing another Netflix hit series. But, please don't start charging for sex advice.
50 minutes | a year ago
In Session with “You”
Stalk much? This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran analyze the streaming sensation that had fans obsessing even more than its creepy protagonist. Don't worry. That voice in your head is not Joe's interior monologue. It's just our latest episode.
12 minutes | a year ago
Mini-Session 1: Q & A
Have you found yourself wondering, what is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? And, how do the doctors really feel about the portrayal of psychology in entertainment? Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran for their first Mini-Session (or mini-sesh, if you will) as they tackle these and other burning listener questions with a little help from producer, Brandon.
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