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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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I Beat up a Man…With my Brain by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I recently went to see Roger Waters perform The Wall. Say what you will about older bands whose music might be described as outdated, this album is the pinnacle of human ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 6: Can a Shrink’s Bumbling Idiocy be Therapy for Suicidal Ideation? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For an introduction to the “B-Sides” series click here . Also see Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 and Part 5 . This is a very early story I wrote, probably in 2005. As pro ... Read on »
My Doctor is Reassuring, Kind of an Asshole by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last week, I predicted my imminent demise , and with my yearly physical looming, I assumed that my visit to the doctor would just confirm the various ailments with which I ... Read on »
I am Not Well by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In June, as I walked down the bottom steps from my therapist’s office – after a great, productive session, no less – I took out my iPhone to check my email (I’m so importa ... Read on »
Anti-Depressants Linked to Diabetes: Correlation Does not Imply Causation by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I got about a dozen emails from friends and readers recently, all with the same question: did you hear that anti-depressants cause diabetes?? Let’s keep it short and swee ... Read on »
Travel and I do Not Mix: a Primer on Classical Conditioning by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I was in my 20’s, I didn’t have much money and therefore couldn’t afford to see most of the world. I’d never been a huge fan of traveling anyway: delayed flights, un ... Read on »
It Had to Happen Sooner or Later: Therapy and Migraines do not Mix by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I take pride in having my clients’ sessions run uninterrupted. While brazenly unprofessional, there are shrinks will answer their telephone in the middle of an appointmen ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 5: A Client Screwed me Over….Creatively by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For the background on the “B-Sides” series, click here . The issue of fee increases can be a delicate one for many clients. Some become accustomed to their rate and l ... Read on »
Book Update/Some Questions for you by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I recently posted on Twitter that you might be a narcissist if you begin with the phrase “sorry for not having tweeted in so long.” In other words, if you see the absence ... Read on »
Three Years of ShrinkTalk.Net: Let’s Celebrate with Some Hate Mail! by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Read about the first anniversary here , the second here . Last week, this site turned three years old. As always, thank you to everyone who reads, adds comments, send ... Read on »
Shrinks are Partisan Morons: A Comment on the Treatment of Nightmares by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There’s an article in a recent edition of the New York Times that discusses a relatively new approach to treating distressing, recurrent nightmares. You can read that pie ... Read on »
Computer Crashes, Book Salvaged by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I had one goal for last night: transfer all of my Eminem cd’s onto my pretentious iPhone so that I had more than 7 songs at my disposal. Of course, given that PC’s suck at ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 4: Are Parents the Cause of a Child’s Psychological Problems? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For the introduction to the ‘B-Sides’ series and to learn why it exists, click here . Some of this material will likely be in the book , but in a much different (i.e., ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 3 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Read the philosophy behind the “B-Sides” series here . See part 2 here . This is a piece I wrote sometime in 2006. I was very angry and jaded at that time. Not unlike ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 2 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here for the rationale on the “B-Sides” series and to read Part 1. I believe this piece was written in early 2007, again (in vain) for my first book (which, as w ... Read on »
B-Sides, Part 1 by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’m going to steal a page out of my friend Philalawyer’s book and post some material that was either in my first, badly written unpublished book or was material that was u ... Read on »
The REAL Interview I did for ‘Cosmo’ by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I first spoke with Cosmopolitan, the editor confessed that she would start with a vague idea and build an article around it, based upon the responses from the panelis ... Read on »
An Unusual Take on my Book from a Publishing House (and why They’re Wrong) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When you start to accumulate an almost offensive number of Pass Letters from publishers, the specific wording of the rejections start to blend together, like a gelatinous ... Read on »
Things I Wanted to Buy With the Cash Advance on my Book/Only Become a Writer if You Really Love It by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When my literary agent and I had our first phone conversation, I told him that I hoping for approximately three million dollars as a cash advance from any publisher intere ... Read on »
I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, but Check Out Page 139 of This Month’s Issue of... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A few months ago a client of mine, while sitting in the waiting room, was flipping through a copy of Psychology Today. “Christ,” she said in disgust as I opened my o ... Read on »