Tales From the Wrong Side of the Couch
A Psychiatrist Looks Back on His Work
About the Book
The training to become a psychiatrist is challenging and at times bewildering. Once trained, the practicing psychiatrist will continue to encounter people and situations for which he or she is not fully prepared. Some of these experiences are ultimately rewarding and show doctors and patients at their very best; others can overwhelm, lead to anger, or break your heart. All can be stories worth telling. Looking back on forty years of work, the author selects most of his “tales” to illustrate his own naivete and sometimes the shortcomings of his peers and teachers. Overall, this is a hopeful and respectfully entertaining book about those who suffer and those who try to help.
About the Author
Drew Bridges is a retired psychiatrist who worked in a variety of clinical, administrative, and academic settings. He served as President of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association in 2004 and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lives in Wake Forest, NC with his wife Lauren.