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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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When People Say ‘Anti-Depressants Don’t Work,’ Run for the Hills. Or go for a... by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There is a growing movement on the web against anti-depressant medication. I’m not going to link to such ludicrous filth, but you can find it easily, written by “qualifie ... Read on »
My New Friends are Miserable Lawyers, Getting Annoying and Want to Change Their Lives by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Read part 1 of this three-part piece here , part 2 here . Sometime between the copious red wine and far too much champagne that I’ve been consuming to celebrate a book ... Read on »
Finally, a Book Deal…oh Hell Yeah! by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last week, I was sitting in Dr. Steve’s office while he was at lunch, wondering how someone with so much money could have such disgusting, tacky furniture on which to sit. ... Read on »
Because my Self-Absorption Know no Bounds…Podcasts! by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The title pretty much sums it up. I’m teaming with my former editor and aspiring stand-up comedian Ben Corman for weekly podcasts. You can find the link each week on the ... Read on »
Did it Ever Occur to You That You Might Just Suck as a Therapist? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Depending on where you get your numbers, roughly 1/3 of all patients will not benefit from psychotherapy. Why this is so isn’t entirely clear and could be due to multiple ... Read on »
My New Friends are Miserable Lawyers, Getting Annoying by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Click here to read Part 1 of this 3-part series. I continued to shoot the breeze with the great Philalawyer , as well as BL1Y and LF10 around their “lawyers are wimps ... Read on »
Vote for me or I’ll Stab Your Face by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In 2008, I was beyond fortunate to have Shrinks Get it Wrong Sometimes published in “The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 2.” I had never had anything printed in a medi ... Read on »
Abstinence Only Programs are Stupid by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Recently, a female client and mom of three adolescents told me that she was not allowing any violent video games in her home. She read research studies that pointed to de ... Read on »
My New Friends are Miserable Lawyers by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As discussed ad infinitum on this site, I generally do not befriend other mental health professionals. Between Steve’s narcissism and John’s incessant April Fool’s Day ph ... Read on »
I Broke up With the Light Box/Why Altruism is an Anti-Depressant by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The first part of the title should tell you all you need to know about my affair with the Light Box (aka, THOR, The Helper of Rob). Like me and Success, sometimes it’s jus ... Read on »
Shrinks are Neither Smart nor Funny by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I received a call on Wednesday from a woman with a blocked phone number. “Hello, Dr. Dobrenski? This is ________ from (major publishing house). I’d like to say that ... Read on »
“Reuniting With Your First Love…on the Net” Revisited by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When you use WordPress to power your website, there is a feature which allows you to see search terms people have used to find your site. When people aren’t using the word ... Read on »
What Can I do When my Partner Suffers From Depression? by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven 3 Comments Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’ve recently been offering my services to a group called Help a Reporter Out (HARO). This helps promote both ShrinkTalk and my book, as well as scratch the surface of th ... Read on »
ShrinkTalk Heads to the Radio (With New Start Date) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Yes, I’m still whoring myself out: I’m pleased to announce two new radio shows in which I’ll be taking part. The first, called “Here’s What to Think,” will be co-host ... Read on »
I’ve Changed my Mind: ‘One Day University’ Sucks by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Note: Click here for my glowing review of One Day University and to read some amazing facts and tidbits. I’m not nearly as pleased with my second visit. One Day U. aga ... Read on »
Migraines, Phobias, Mean Investment Bankers and Creating Your own Misery by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was sitting in a dank Irish pub last night *, working on my book , when I noticed I was getting a slight headache. It might have been from staring at the screen for too ... Read on »
Tough Love in the Office (Especially When Clients Touch You) by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In graduate school I worked with a young woman who suffered from a very deep, intense depression. For months she could barely get out of bed, let alone go to work, which l ... Read on »
Happiness: A Conversation With the Emotion Machine by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Clinical Psychologists have recently received criticism, not unfairly, for their hyperfocus on pathology. In other words, we are trained to direct our energy mainly (somet ... Read on »
Dr. Rob and The Light Box: A Torrid Love Affair by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last week I received a light box from my mother (click here to learn more about its hypothesized mechanisms of action) as a birthday present. It’s only recently that I’ve ... Read on »
My Parents are Strange by Dr. Rob Dobrenski Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Shortly after the Anthrax scare of ‘01, my father handed me a bottle of Cipro. It was a birthday gift, actually. “It’s the antidote,” he said. “I know. Why is it ... Read on »