Beards and Bowties is a wonderful animated short film about the outdated stereotypes of psychiatrists that still persist.
It’s been created by psychiatrist Kamran Ahmed and is a light-hearted exploration of how psychiatry is perceived by people he meets and others in the medical profession.
The film notes that the important speciality is stigmatised, not just by the general public but by other doctors, and it aims to show a more accurate picture of what psychiatry can be.
I note, however, that the film portrays other doctors and psychologists almost entirely as stereotypes, to the point where the psychiatrist shoves the bearded, pipe-smoking psychologist out of the way to show his medical certificate! Thanks colleague.
Psychodynamic types would probably mutter something about projective identification but I’d probably just mark it down as a little ironic.
However, the film is still hugely entertaining and captures the diversity of modern psychiatry.