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Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
New York, New York
I am a licensed Clinicial Psychologist with specialized training in mood and anxiety conditions. I... Full Bio
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Four Steps to Decrease Depression

Men’s Health put up a quick, useful read in response to new research on the success of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy even when antidepressants...

When is it (Not) Okay to Lie?

The good people at asked for a slightly different take on the notion that honesty is always the best policy. Fancying myself a...

I Got a Letter: Something You Might not Know about Empathy and Choice

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Penn State’s Punishment: Denial, Identity and Self-Worth

I’ve spent most of the afternoon trolling the seemingly endless blogs/websites regarding the Penn State scandal and the sanctions handed down...

Impostor Syndrome and the “You’re Not Special” Speech: Something you Might Have Missed

My apologies for having been off the grid for so long. When you’re not a trained or focused writer like me, the process of getting words on the...

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Megan B. wrote on Dr. Rob Dobrenski's Whiteboard. Oct 19 2010
jules23tai wrote on Dr. Rob Dobrenski's Whiteboard. Apr 04 2010
WiMarty wrote on Dr. Rob Dobrenski's Whiteboard. Feb 17 2010

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Oct 19 2010 by Megan B.
@ Jules 23tai...  this has nothing to do with a psychological disorder.  You should really see an M.D. for this condition.  In fact,  you should probably actually go INTO a dr's office and pay for a visit instead of asking questions on the web.  No one can diagnose or treat you in this fashion.
Apr 04 2010 by jules23tai

I have popliteal vein decompression and would like to know my opitions , weight loss is one but excercise is an issue due to sweliling in both legs



Feb 17 2010 by WiMarty


Regarding : "Social Aversion Therapy" @


What you describe is Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) or as it was once referred to as "Social Phobia". Yet you don't mention - even once - this disorder, which is PRECISELY what you're describing. 

I'm puzzled. Do you care to explain what I'm probably missing here? Thank you. 



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