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5 MINUTES WITH Dr Sohom Das: ‘mental illness has robbed people of control’

April 01 2022

We’re excited to be working with Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Sohom Das on the campaign for his new book, In Two Minds. We asked Sohom some questions to find out more about him, his book, and his vision:

1. Pitch in 10 - sell us your book in less than 10 words

Fascinating cases within my career of assessing mentally disordered offenders.

2. Audience of One -  If you could choose ONE person to read your book who would it be and why? 

Anybody who has an interest in true crime and psychology. Those that want to understand how childhood trauma and experience can lead some people to suffer serious mental illness or down a path of criminality, or both. Those who want to understand how specific psychiatric symptoms might lead to violence. An overview of some heart-breaking cases where mental illness has robbed some people of control and even criminal culpability leading to serious violence, including murdering children. Those are interested in the inner workings of the machine that rehabilitates the most dangerous psychiatric patients and has to decide when to discharge them safely into society.

3. Guess what? Tell us one thing that readers might be surprised to hear about you. 

I have had quite an eclectic series of hobbies in the past. This includes two short periods of my life where I have attempted to be a stand-up comedian. I had reasonable success on the open mic circuit, though I ultimately had to give it up because I didn’t have enough time to do that as well as my career and spend time with my family. I went to battle rap against another doctor on a hip-hop TV game show – Don’t hate the Playaz. I won!

4. The next chapter - what’s next for you?

I focus a lot of my time and attention to make YouTube videos on my channel, A Psych for Sore Minds. This is similar in content to my book, though has a much more playful, jokey and humorous tone. I have provided soundbites for numerous true crime documentaries, and I’m hoping to grow my profile, ideally featuring on my own show eventually.

To get a review copy or to book in an interview, contact Alice Rowe at alice.rowe@thebookpublicist.co.uk

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