Guide To Viewing My Content

If you are new to the blog and my social media content, we should start with a brief introduction. 

My name is Dr. Garrett Rossi, I’m a medical doctor who specializes in adult psychiatry. I’m board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I’ve practiced in multiple settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial care, assertive community treatment teams, and I provide ECT services.

I make mental health content on multiple social media platforms and each one has a specific style and type of content. 

Shrinks In Sneakers YouTube Click Here

This is where you can find the deep dives on mental health topics including medication reviews, psychiatric diagnosis, and various other topics. Videos can range anywhere from 5-20 minutes and time stamps are available in the descriptions for longer content. 

Shrinks In Sneakers Instagram Click Here:

This is where you can find shorter videos and posts on mental health topics. The focus on Instagram is more on mental health advocacy, and myths about psychiatry and mental illness. The content here is shorter but still has a lot of educational value. 

Shrinks In Sneakers LinkedIn:

This is where you can find more information about my professional activities. I have information about my advocacy work, professional memberships, publications, and is another good place to follow my work. I make frequent posts here as well. 

Shrinks In Sneakers Twitter

Here I’m not very active and haven’t spent much time but I do update blog posts and other relevant information here as well. 

If you have a question or want to get in touch with me, I am most active on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram. 

We are building a community where empathy is a central part of the content. The goal is to make psychiatry more accessible, provide education, and reduce stigma associated with mental health treatment. 

Shrinks In Sneakers Reunite: Bound by Love for Psychiatry

I think everyone needs a person in their medical training that they bond with and lean on during this difficult period. 

Medical training has its ups and downs, the process is filled with highest highs and the lowest lows. There were moments that I loved training and there were moments where I hated training. 

I was lucky enough to find a great person to share these experiences with.  

We spent many hours discussing psychiatry, what excited us about the field and what worried us about the future. We discussed difficult cases and the drama of residency training. If I ever needed help or someone to cover a call shift last minute, I knew who I could count on.

I could trust this person to have my back and I would do the same no matter what. 

 I would encourage anyone who is going through this process to find someone who can help them grow as both a physician and a person. 

It’s always comforting knowing we can all get by with a little help from our friends. 

How to Manage Aggression with Psychopharmacology in an Inpatient Setting

I’m very careful about the content I consume and the resources I use to grow as a psychiatrist.

When I endorse something like The Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast, you know it’s something I personally use and trust. 

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Puder on a recent episode How to manage aggression with psychopharmacology in an inpatient setting. Unfortunately, I got caught up taking care of patients on my inpatient service on the day of the recording and did not get to talk with Dr. Puder and Dr. Cummings.

I would encourage you to listen to all the episodes, but my personal favorites are the ones with Dr. Cummings. He has a wealth of knowledge and I’ve learned some amazing clinical pearls that I apply in my daily practice. 

Check out the episode, you will not be disappointed

Why Labels Matter: A Personal Perspective


I’ve been writing a lot lately about the why words matter, and how the language we use can go on to influence our lives in many ways. In my clinical work with patients, I make an extra effort to explain the process of making a diagnosis. I also stress to my patients that diagnosis is a way of conceptualizing mental illness to help physicians design appropriate treatment plans. I want them to know that diagnosis is an imperfect process. When we label someone as “depressed or anxious,” we may not understand the lasting impact this can have on them. Many patients internalize and identify with being “depressed” sometimes to the detriment of their treatment. 

True Story:

I can share a personal perspective on the power of labels, because one particular label almost prevented me from becoming a physician. Imagine you are in fourth grade, and to that point you were already identified as “one of the least academically gifted” children in the class. At this point it was already clear there would be no gifted and talented classes for me. After another year of painful struggle academically, my parents requested I be tested by the child study team for a learning disability. At the time I did not know this was going to pretty much set the course for the rest of my academic career. Sure, enough, after what seemed like endless testing I was classified, given an individualized education plan (IEP), and placed in slower paced classes with fewer students. Now I had been officially labeled as having a learning disability. I had a real excuse to give up on any academic ambitions. 

Looking back on it, I’m not sure I even had a learning disability as much as the educational material and teaching was just so uninspiring. I continued through middle school, and high school and average student in below average classes, and I thought I was okay with that, after all I had a learning disability. I identified with this label which had a profound impact on my academics and ultimately set my medical career back five years. 

Famous Last Words:

The point of this is to help people who have been affected by labels. If you find yourself continually self-sabotaging, you may be allowing early labeling and the conditioning that comes with it to limit your potential. It’s important to accept your circumstances, and to try the treatments or interventions offered if you are not functioning well. However, we should not allow our life to be defined by these labels. Just because you have a learning disability or depression does not mean you cannot be successful. It took me many years to accept that I might actually be smart enough to go to medical school. I often think about how much further along I could have been if I did not identify with and internalize the idea of having a learning disability. Do not make the same mistake.

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