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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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The Rabid Fandon of Schadenfreude by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My apologies for being off the grid for so long. Between lame attempts at promoting my book, slowly transitioning my private practice to a new location, planning a coloss ... Read on »
Bonus Material from ‘Crazy,’ but with a Catch by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As most of you know, whenever I have a good idea for book/website promotion, it’s usually stolen from my friend, The Philadelphia Lawyer . In keeping with this convenient ... Read on »
‘Crazy’ is now on Kindle, Other Good Stuff Coming Soon by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My apologies for being off the grid, and I promise that more material is coming soon. For now, though, be a good conservationist and pick up ‘Crazy’ on Kindle here . ... Read on »
Enjoy an Excerpt from ‘Crazy: Notes on and off the Couch,’ Read by the Author (i.e., Me) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The great Ben Corman and I did a mini-podcast this week, the focus being ‘Crazy,’ and I read aloud the first vignette of the Prologue. So if you’ve read the book and want ... Read on »
The Psychology of Unemployment: Why it’s not Just about the Paycheck by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The good people at ConstitutionalDaily.Com asked me to comment on the psychological effects of unemployment. This was a hot topic in late 2008 (psychologists called it Su ... Read on »
Four Years of ShrinkTalk.Net and a College Student Asks an Important Question: Is the Site... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As I continue to eat and drink virtually everything in sight – this is what I call the Month of Hedonism for Writing a Book and Screw Everything Else – it escaped me that ... Read on »
Will Gay Marriages be More Successful than Traditional Ones? (Hint: Quite Possibly) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Please read Why Marriage Fail before continuing, especially if you intend to unload your opinions (and possible hatred) in the Comments thread. Now that gay marriage i ... Read on »
Snyder vs. Phelps: Can a Single Event Cause Extreme Emotional Damage? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Someone politely (yet firmly) pointed out to me that although I can spend all day and night mentally masturbating to the fact my book has been published, I still have a we ... Read on »
‘Crazy’ Finally Hits Book Stores, Final Thoughts (The Most Important of which is... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’m not quite sure where to start. There are moments you plan for days, months, years. But sometimes when they actually occur, you don’t even know how to respond. That’ ... Read on »
First Review of ‘Crazy’ is in, now Send me Yours by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A licensed psychologist dishes about his patient…and himself. The life, times and thoughts of a New York therapist are put on display in a candid account of what goes ... Read on »
Management Hates me, Possibly Because I’m a Shrink, Part 2 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Read the first debacle here . As you know, the managerial staff in my office building has not treated me kindly. They took repeated pleasure in spelling my name incor ... Read on »
Treatment Options for Depression: an Article for HealthLine/Yahoo by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When people offer you money to write for them, in dollar amounts that will easily make you a Hundred-aire, you do it and be thankful for the opportunity, even if you aren’ ... Read on »
Come to the ‘Crazy’ Book Launch Party by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The day is almost here: my book, ‘Crazy,’ comes out on June 14. This is a project that has, at times, completely sucked out my will to live, so to have it completed calls ... Read on »
Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Lesser Known Reason why Romance in the Office is a Bad Idea by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I wrote another piece for the good people over at ConstitutionalDaily.com. While the article is directed at lawyers, the title should suggest to you that it’s applicable ... Read on »
The Killing of Osama bin Laden: How do I Explain it to a Child? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Dr. Rob, My son (age 9) and I watched a lot of the footage of the Osama bin Laden killing. When they showed all of the people dancing and cheering in the streets, he ... Read on »
Advice to Bad Therapists: Know your Responsibilities or Get the Hell Out by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I was in graduate school, students would sometimes watch therapy sessions from behind a one-way mirror. The patients were advised of this before they came into our c ... Read on »
Professional Identity: Benefits and a Major Caveat by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The good people over at ConstitutionalDaily.com asked me to contribute a piece on the dangers of developing a professional identity too early in life (apparently lawyers d ... Read on »
“Crazy” Outtakes, Part 8: Verbal Abuse, Nursing Homes and Validation by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here if this is your first time visiting the Crazy Outtakes section of the site. This was one of the last pieces to be cut from “Crazy.” It seemed overkill to ... Read on »
I Did a Strange Interview with a Strange Man: Ethics, Kids and Books by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Back in the day when I was writing for Rudius Media, one of my colleagues was a young, somewhat troubled young man named BC Woods. He wrote about his dysfunctional family ... Read on »
“Crazy” Outtakes, Part 7: Narcissism, Weed, Booze and Goiters by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here if this is your first time visiting the Crazy Outtakes section of the site. I believe this was written in 2005. It originally began as a chapter about wo ... Read on »