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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 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Men’s Health put up a quick, useful read in response to new research on the success of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy even when antidepressants fail. They asked me for some ... Read on »
When is it (Not) Okay to Lie? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The good people at RoleReboot.com asked for a slightly different take on the notion that honesty is always the best policy. Fancying myself a psychological iconoclast, I ... Read on »
I Got a Letter: Something You Might not Know about Empathy and Choice by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I can’t remember the last time I received a paper letter in the mail but, sure enough, last week I had a small, two-page missive waiting for me at my office. Here is the ... Read on »
Penn State’s Punishment: Denial, Identity and Self-Worth by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’ve spent most of the afternoon trolling the seemingly endless blogs/websites regarding the Penn State scandal and the sanctions handed down from the NCAA. I noticed tha ... Read on »
Impostor Syndrome and the “You’re Not Special” Speech: Something you Might Have... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health 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 screen is a very frenetic ... Read on »
Is it Time to Stop the God Bashing in Alcoholics Anonymous? One in Recovery Responds by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For years, I was never a fan of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I never knew much about it, other than my sister had tried it and said it sucked, and when you lose a sibling t ... Read on »
A New Approach to Empathy: Fantasies by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Years ago, I worked with a young woman who struggled with the concept of empathy. A trademark symptom of narcissists and sociopaths, she was actually neither, but was in ... Read on »
Let’s Learn About Defense Mechanisms (Reposted because I’m a Bad Person) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A little over a year ago I entered a comedy writing contest. The required material needed to be previously unpublished, but I was so focused on finishing ‘Crazy’ that I c ... Read on »
Three Tips on Psychologically Healthy Eating by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’ve been reading some of my Yahoo posts and, quite frankly, I’m a little embarrassed. There’s no narrative arc, the text is peppered with anemic jokes and everything is ... Read on »
Test Anxiety: A Few Quick Fixes by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It’s a bit early for Final Exams, which is exactly why this piece is relevant now. If you suffer from test anxiety, I have a few tips for you over at ConstitutionalDaily. ... Read on »
What to do When You Know about an Affair by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I wrote for Yahoo Health, I often pitched articles such as the following: - Sandusky: The Psychology of Pedophilia - Pornography: Relationship Enhancer or Detra ... Read on »
Is the American Dream Dead? – Part 1 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I watch/read about the carnival of idiocy that is the Republican candidates for the Presidency, it usually begins with laughter and ends in a fit of rage that can onl ... Read on »
Blaming, Understanding and Forgiveness: Three Very Different Things by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I was an intern I worked in a community mental health center that treated primarily women with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). As many of you know, this can b ... Read on »
Romantic Jealousy: The Unrecognized Disorder? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A version of this post originally appeared on my Yahoo Health page (per contract, I can’t post those pieces here in real time; thus, ShrinkTalk gets them a few months late ... Read on »
Short Fiction Winners Revealed by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s exercise and congratulations to the winner(s). You can read the stories by the selected winner, five runner-ups and t ... Read on »
Bullying: What we Know and what we can Do by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A shortened version of this post can be found on my Yahoo Health Expert Page . When I was about 10 years old, my friends and I would play football on the side yard of ... Read on »
My Entry in the Second Short Fiction Writing Exercise by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health You can read my entry for last year’s exercise here , and click here to enter this year’s contest by December 1, 2011. I’m pretty much incapable of writing something p ... Read on »
Join our Second Short Fiction Writing Exercise by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here to read about our first short fiction exercise. It’s time for another chance to showcase your writing skills to two people completely unqualified to judge t ... Read on »
Outtakes, Part 10: A Light Tale from the Dark Side by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This was one of the very first stories I wrote after graduate school. If there’s any truth to the notion that writing is a skill that takes years to master, the following ... Read on »
Yahoo Needed a Mental Health Expert, but Settled for me Instead by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When you’re a raging success like me, having sold literally dozens of books, it’s inevitable that career opportunities will present themselves. So when Yahoo needed a new ... Read on »