Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couchby Rob Dobrenski
An average day in the life of a psychologist is a frenetic one. A 9 a.m. appointment to help a woman manage a husband who won't take out the garbage (at least with pants on) quickly shifts to a session with a convicted rapist at 10 a.m. After talking with a child about his fears of school an hour later, the psychologist then meets with a therapist to deal… See more details below
An average day in the life of a psychologist is a frenetic one. A 9 a.m. appointment to help a woman manage a husband who won't take out the garbage (at least with pants on) quickly shifts to a session with a convicted rapist at 10 a.m. After talking with a child about his fears of school an hour later, the psychologist then meets with a therapist to deal with his own fears, followed by lunch with his socially-phobic colleague who's already had four martinis by 1 p.m. All this, and it's only Monday.
Is it any wonder, then, that therapists are often depressed, anxious, and prone to panic attacks? Or that they take antipsychotics, self-medicate with booze, and struggle in their own relationships?
Crazy is the story of how one mental health professional deals with his own personal problems and those of the people he treats. Part exposé and part memoir, it reveals what therapists really think about their profession, their colleagues, their patients, and their own lives.
A licensed psychologist dishes about his patients, and himself.
The life, times and thoughts of a New York therapist are put on display in a candid account of what goes on behind the doctor's door—and in his head—during a day filled with patients and self-doubt.Tackling serious mental-health subjects without being overly reverent, shrinktalk.net blogger Dobrenski maintains a snappy pace. Patients are not spared his keen observations, which help to answer the vexing question: Am I paranoid, or does my shrink think I'm crazy—and sloppy? Take the author's account ofpatient Scott, "six-foot-four, disheveled, overweight, and constantly perspiring. He began many of his sentences with an F-bomb and arrived for his sessions in T-shirts that were too tight for his abdomen, and white sneakers with black socks. His hands were always very clammy, but he insisted on a handshake every time he entered the therapy room. He was easily the brunt of many people's jokes."But Dobrenski also puts himself under the microscope, ultimately heeding the old chestnut: "No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand...Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing." The author also cautions those being shrinked: "The human condition is so complex and constantly evolving and no one person or institution has all the answers. Therapy will never be an exact science, and therefore there will never be the perfect textbook or teacher or school that will create the Ultimate Therapist who puts his hand on your head and cures you of every and every ill."
Clean, honest writing makes for an engaging read, particularly for "couch" potatoes.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Rob Dobrenski, PhD, is a licensed psychologist whose work has been published in The Best of Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2. Visit him at ShrinkTalk.net. He lives and works in New York City.
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