Patricia Farrell


Dr. Patricia A. Farrell, a native New Yorker, is a licensed psychologist, author, former associate editor of both Publishers Weekly and King Features Syndicate, a former medical consultant for Social Security Disability Determinations, and educator who has appeared on national TV shows and in print media where she is sought for her opinions on stress, anxiety and mental illness. Her website ( has long been a resource for consumers, students and professionals seeking a wide array of information on mental health issues.

Dr. Farrell has held clinical positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC where she was the national clinical monitor for a medication for Alzheimer’s disease. She has also served in large psychiatric hospitals and mental health centers and has been active in every area of mental health. Formerly the Health & Science Editor of Time/Warner Cable Ch. 10 in New Jersey and a professor of psychology on the community, undergraduate and graduate levels, she has also been a psychiatry preceptor at The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.

She is a biographee in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and was elected to The National Honor Society, received the Social Sciences Award from Queens College and has been a grantee for research on eating disorders in female teen athletes. Her specialties are in mental health and medical illness, stress and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Farrell’s most recent books prior to Fired Up: A shrink's musings, include It’s Not All in Your Head: Anxiety, depression, mood swings and multiple sclerosis (Demos Health), and How to Be Your Own Therapist: A step-by-step guide to taking back your life (McGraw-Hill), was published in five editions and translated into French, Portuguese, and two dialects of Chinese and distributed around the world.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do like the Kindle because it's small, but I made a foolish choice and didn't get all the memory I should have, so while I have diverse interests, I have limited numbers of books I can put on it.

I now have an iPad and it's great. I can load up lots of books and I like the fact that I can look at 2 pages at once and the display is really nice.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Believe me, I've been trying many marketing efforts. My first book (with a major publisher) had me on TV, radio and newspapers, but I found that I did most of the work finding where I could get booked. That taught me a lot about marketing. The agency that had been hired tried to take most of the credit for my work. It was eye-opening.

Now, I find that Twitter and Socialoomph is great. I load up tweets on the Premium service on Socialoomph and they spin effortlessly night and day until I stop them. But I think that magazines, newspapers and radio are the best unless you can get booked on a major TV show.
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Fired Up: A shrink's musings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,140. Language: American English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Essay » Sociology
The shrink is always in and outspoken. Dr. Farrell has used her experience, as well as her time in book publishing, to create a book of articles and essays including interviews with John Lennon and Yoko, Isaac Asimov, Alison Steele, comments on the current state of medicine and psychology-related topics for the interested reader. Nothing is sacred.

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