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Beautiful madness

Psychiatric drugs restored Nia's sanity and destroyed her beauty, and she doesn't mind

By Robert Drummond   February 2006

Nia was too beautiful to be in a psychiatric ward. That’s what everyone secretly felt, including the blunt, unsentimental nurses. She was willowy and dark-eyed—not just blandly attractive like teenagers can be. Her parents had delayed signing her into the ward on a section for as long as possible. They couldn’t bear the thought that their beautiful girl was going mad.

It was Nia’s younger sister who used to be the special one, with a gift for the piano that had no precedent in the family. There weren’t any family precedents for what would happen to Nia either. As a…

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