Jan. 10, 2013
-- Dr Dobbins book, What A Life Can Be: One therapist's Take on Schizo-affective Disorder
, recounts her descent into this crippling mental illness as an Olympic hopeful training with the US Ski Team at Lake Placid. She did not make it but instead spent years struggling to cope with her illness and to get an education. Despite periods of homelessness, time in jail and in psychiatric hospitals, Carolyn attained her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt.
During a 25 year career in which she hid her illness from friends and co-workers, Carolyn was a successful therapist and, for a time, a professional singer in Branson, MO. She presently has a therapy practice in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a case manager for a nonprofit called The Philadelphia Prison Ministries which helps male parolees re-enter society and is co-teaching a masters level class in mental health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
In 2012, Dr Dobbins was awarded the Spirit of the ADA Award for inspiring others by the Disability Resource Center in Knoxville for a life that reflects the spirit of the Americans With Disabilities Act by her helping to break down attitudinal barriers in society for those with mental illnesses.
At the presentation ceremony on July 26, she was described as a person who "gave comfort in her empowering words, and her willingness to share personal challenges with humor and dignity."
You can now hear Dr Dobbins interviewed on the Darlene Hunter Show on the Fishbowl Network via the internet on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:20 EST. Ms Hunter's webpage is http://www.overcomingtheobstacles.com/About-Her-Show.html
. Click on " Hear To Listen" and the show begins at noon.
Carolyn Dobbins book is What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and in Kindle, Kobo and Nook formats. Details are at http://bridgeross.com/whatalife.html