My early training in psychology introduced me to a wide variety of patients. They represented different races, religions, and sexual preferences. I worked with adults, adolescents, and couples who suffered from anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, gender dysphoria, sexual compulsion, alcoholism, HIV, schizoid personality disorder, and trichotillomania. Though the patients were diverse, they had one thing in common. All of them wanted to lead happier lives — and nothing made me happier than trying to help them.