Crazy: Notes on and Off the Couch

Author(s): 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 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 expose and 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, 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.

General Fields

  • : 9780762764839
  • : Globe Pequot Press
  • : Globe Pequot Press
  • : June 2011
  • : 231mm X 157mm X 28mm
  • : United States
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rob Dobrenski
  • : Hardback
  • : 616.8914092
  • : 224