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Alice thinks she's depressed, but her erratic behaviour may be better explained by the diagnosis nobody wants & borderline personality disorder

“You’re going to think I’m dreadful,” said Alice—a middle-class girl in her late twenties—to the young psychiatrist. “But I met this man on the bus and agreed to sleep with him, I don’t even know his name.” She looked meekly towards the doctor, holding the hem of a denim miniskirt tightly over bare legs. “I can only talk to you about it.”

Of all the relationships he was developing with his growing list of patients, the one with Alice was the most difficult to get right. She had been to Birmingham University and then to drama school in London, but…

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