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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 his pants on) quickly shifts to an emotionally intense 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 anxieties, followed by lunch with his ...
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 his pants on) quickly shifts to an emotionally intense 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 anxieties, 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.
What most of us don’t realize is that while mental health professionals are trying to help people resolve their problems, they often suffer from depression and anxiety, take antipsychotics, self-medicate with booze, and struggle in their own relationships. In other words, they can be just as “crazy” as their patients.
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.
Ultimately, Dobrenski’s riveting, sometimes humorous, and deeply insightful narrative brings us to one oddly comforting conclusion—namely, the therapist’s not-so-secret secret: We’re all crazy.
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.
A Note to the Reader vi
9 a.m. Seeing the World through Black-Painted Glasses 1
10 a.m. Panic and Dr. Pete 15
11 a.m. The Torture Chamber That Is OCD 23
12 p.m. No One Else Can See or Hear It, Yet It's Still There 35
1 p.m. Sex, Drugs, and Parents 52
2 p.m. The Pain We Believe Will Never Cease 77
3 p.m. The Ghost of Janet 93
4 p.m. Till Death Do Us Part … or Not? 102
5 p.m. The Root of All Evil? 116
6 p.m. A Victim for Life? 136
7 p.m. Sexual Deviants, Angry Spouses, and a Neophyte Shrink Without a Clue 152
Epilogue: Cured? 188
About the Author 202
Posted August 9, 2014
Rob Dobrenski's CRAZY is an insightful, informative look at the challenges of a specific psychiatrist ... just doing his job. Find out what he thinks, what he feels, and how he grows. If you've ever wanted to look inside a psychiatrist's mind, don't miss this opportunity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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