Most people are impressed to learn that I was a neurosurgeon before becoming a psychiatrist. When I was a medical student, I found the workings of the brain to be quite interesting enough. I chose to specialize in it, and the idea of doing a particularly difficult and lengthy residency in neurosurgery was not a problem for me. I knew I would finish by the time I was 30 years old. Graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979, I completed my residency in neurosurgery at U of L in 1985. I practiced neurosurgery for the next 16 years.
About a year after I started practicing neurosurgery, a close friend recommended that I see a psychologist. She saw that I was struggling. The issues I had with my father were very much like the issues she had had with her mother, and she said that therapy had really helped her to get her head straight.