Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch

Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch

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by Rob Dobrenski
     
 

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An average day in the life of a psychologist can be a frenetic one. A 9 a.m. appointment to help a woman manage a husband who won't take out the garbage quickly shifts to a session with a convicted rapist at 10 a.m. After talking with a child an hour later about his fears of school, the psychologist meets his therapist to deal with his own fears, followed by

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An average day in the life of a psychologist can be a frenetic one. A 9 a.m. appointment to help a woman manage a husband who won't take out the garbage quickly shifts to a session with a convicted rapist at 10 a.m. After talking with a child an hour later about his fears of school, the psychologist meets his therapist to deal with his own fears, followed by lunch with a socially-phobic colleague who's already had four martinis by 1 p.m. And it's only Monday.

           At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, thoughtful and irreverent, Crazy is the incredibly honest and insightful story of how one mental health professional deals with his own personal problems and those of the people he treats. Part exposé, part memoir, it reveals what therapists really think about their profession, their colleagues, their patients, and their own lives.

 

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"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? . . . But Dobrenski also puts himself under the microscope. . . . Clean, honest writing makes for an engaging read." —Kirkus Reviews "Most people who get into psychology as a profession do it because they're crazy, and it's their way of healing themselves. The problem is, they never admit this fact to themselves or to anyone else. Dr. Rob does what very few psychologists ever do: He looks at himself with the same eye for analysis that he uses for his patients." —Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell "It takes a truckload of guts to write a book this honest about one's profession. To pen one as funny and insightful as Crazy is, simply, amazing. You'll never view therapy in the same light again." —The Philadelphia Lawyer, author of Happy Hour Is for Amateurs "If you ever wondered what your shrink was like out of office hours, then this is the book for you. A fascinating, thought-provoking and at times hilarious, read." —Robin Baker, author of Sperm Wars and Primal "Fun for anyone who's wondered what it's like to make a living by listening to other people's troubles all day." —Library Journal "A refreshing memoir...a solid step in the right direction of reminding patients that treatment can be a two-way street." —Shelf Awareness
Library Journal
Clinical psychologist Dobrenski, author of the popular Shrink Talk blog (www.shrinktalk.net), wants us to understand that therapists can be crazy, too. To that effect, he tells us about a colleague who has panic attacks and describes his own obsession with a former girlfriend. But mostly he writes about what therapists do and describes the different kinds of patients he may see in a typical day—a couple with a troubled marriage, a teenage boy who's trying to cope with his parents' divorce, a woman mourning the death of her husband. He relates unusual encounters, including working with sex offenders and their partners and a blind man who "cured" his depression in a most hair-raising way. VERDICT Fun for anyone who's wondered what it's like to make a living by listening to other people's troubles all day.—Mary Ann Hughes, Shelton, WA
Kirkus Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762769209
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
572,221
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Rob Dobrenski is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. His training and practice have afforded him the opportunity to work with virtually every psychological condition. Because of his unusual candor and non-traditional take on therapy, Dr. Rob is receiving increased public attention on his website, ShrinkTalk.Net (originally launched in 2007 as part of Tucker Max’s Rudius Media Corporation). His work has been published in The Best of Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2, and he has been interviewed by Cosmopolitan about relationships. He lives and works in New York City.

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Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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lovesjournaling More than 1 year ago
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.
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Love this book
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Ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
informative, honest, and funny. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go back to "together" res 2