1- Boundaries between Psychiatrists and Patients in film and drama


This talk will explore psychiatrist-patient narratives as portrayed in Egyptian and American cinema and TV in the following themes: interdependency between psychiatrists and patients, professional identity, patients’ quest for mental well-being and implicit trust in their treating doctors.  The change in power dynamics in these relationships from a ‘paternalistic’, to ‘semi-dependent’, to ‘shared-decision’ models will be discussed. Two TV series will be used as case studies; ‘Sixty Minutes’ (Miryam Ahmadi, Egypt, 2021, available on Shahid MBC), and ‘The Shrink Next Door’ (Michael Showalter and Jesse Peretz, USA, 2021, available on Apple TV) to reflect on the above themes.