Kourosh Dini, MD

Kourosh Dini, MD is a psychiatrist, productivity expert, author, and musician. Please click here for information on Dr. Dini’s psychiatric services.


  • I write books about working and playing games.
  • I write music.
  • I work with people.
  • I’ll blog here from time to time, too.

Photograph by Dan Kullman


Mastery and meaningful work are the results of guided play.

This is my mantra. This is what helps me do the work I do, be creative where I can be, and help people along the way.

As an author, I write about productivity. Success is about finding that union between play and work, where what you have in front of you is all there is, knowing that you’ll still meet obligations.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus, Workflow Mastery, and Being Productivity are all my attempts to find that center so you can live life on your terms.

I want to help others to be on top of their work, not be drowned in it.

I want to help people do what they want with clear intention. I want to help people who feel scattered to feel focused and to get to the things and places they want.

I’ve also written about the benefits (yes, benefits!) and potential pitfalls of Video Games with Video Game Play and Addiction.

Video games have been a passion of mine for many years. When engaged well, they can hone and focus a way of thinking and organizing for achievement. When played problematically, they can create troubles throughout a person’s life. Video Game Play and Addiction helps parents and kids navigate to have a healthy relationship with video games.

“Success is about finding that union between
play and work…”

Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I help people one-to-one to find their unique paths in life, to find what is productive to them.

Too often, we look at depression or anxiety as problems that are just there. But they tend to come from somewhere, often because we have troubles meeting the world in a way that works for us. I try to help others individually to overcome such difficulties to find their own voice, and begin building the worlds they want.

If you’re interested in a free PDF of my booklet Choosing a Therapist, check it out here.


As a musician, I write music. If ever there were a direct practice of finding play in structure, it is in art. I have loved music since the age of 5. The music I write is a blend of relaxing and thoughtful, and I share the works on a part of this site.


Academics include Northwestern University as a part of the Integrated Science Program with a focus in the neurosciences. His medical degree and residency in adult psychiatry were obtained through the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He pursued further studies in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Kourosh also practices psychoanalysis having graduated from the Institute for Psychoanalysis, and maintains a private practice in Chicago involving therapy, meditation, and medication management.

Name Pronunciation

I’m often asked how to pronounce my name. Here’s how…