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The psychiatrist saw William just once. He'd been depressed, but now seemed better, so the psychiatrist sent him away. Then, five weeks later, he opened the local paper

By Robert Drummond   October 2007

The young psychiatrist shifted uncomfortably on the bench outside the court, a file of notes gripped in his sweaty right hand. The newspaper article clipped to the outside of it was entitled “Teenage suicide,” and was half hidden, like a guilty secret, under the arm of his suit.

He had only met William Holden once, six months before, on the first day of a new job. He had been meeting his predecessor’s patients, all of them for the first time, and it was proving complicated as he attempted to disentangle psychiatric phenomena from their understandable reactions to meeting a new…

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