Tales from the Couch is collection of actual case studies and a primer on psychopathology, as well as a captivating reflection on the human condition. Drawn from Dr. Bob Wendorf’s thirty-six-year career years as a clinical psychologist, the book examines the lives of some of his most troubled patients, in a project that aims to both educate and fascinate the reader. Clinical syndromes are described and dramatized by real-life case examples (altered only as necessary to protect patient confidentiality).
Each of the sixteen chapters focuses on a particular psychiatric diagnosis, including Multiple Personality Disorder, Asperger’s, and ADD. The clinical picture and symptoms are described and explained, then brought to life by case examples taken from the author’s practice. Dr. Wendorf presents the cases as a series of narrativessome dramatic, some humorous, most quite poignant. Along the way, the author offers his own reactions to the people and events described here and application to the general human condition as well.
Tales from the Couch offers compelling stories of extraordinary people, clinical conditions, and eventsboth in and out of the therapy hourwhile providing insights into the nature of human beings, mental illness, and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.
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About the Author
Dr. Bob Wendorf is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has more than thirty-six years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, working in community mental health centers, residential treatment programs, psychiatric and general hospitals, and private practice. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was formerly on the faculty of the Medical Center East Family Practice Residency Program.
Table of Contents
A Word about Confidentiality and Terminology xiii
1 Ping-Pong Therapy 1
2 Bad Boys and Girls 6
3 Ritalin and the Red Riveter 23
4 Touched by God, or "The Fear of the Lord" 32
5 "Til Death…" 45
6 Dramatic Breakthroughs and One-Shot Wonders 54
7 Name That Tune 69
8 Truly Crazy People 81
9 The Merely Weird 97
10 Elvis and Asperger's 108
11 Narcissus and Echo 119
12 A Child of God 140
13 Multiplicity 157
14 Junkies and Juicers 176
15 Body and Soul 183
16 Dr. Bob's Couch 190
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The practice of psychology on any level is not for the faint of heart. Largely due to the subject nature that of the human mind and how we wrap said mind around subjective realities and relationships therein. The author demonstrates these hard topics in a relatable way to the reader because after such a long career sometimes a reader interested in the study simply has questions they don't know they've a mind to ask, all I can earnestly say? Thank goodness for a couch and a gifted narrator on the human condition.