Tales from the Couch: A Clinical Psychologist?s True Stories of Psychopathology

Tales from the Couch: A Clinical Psychologist?s True Stories of Psychopathology

by Bob Wendorf

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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 narratives—some 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 events—both in and out of the therapy hour—while providing insights into the nature of human beings, mental illness, and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631440304
Publisher: Carrel Books
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 1 MB

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

Introduction ix

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

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Tales from the Couch: A Clinical Psychologist's True Stories of Psychopathology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.