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Anna Blundy: Do you need therapy?

By Anna Blundy  

Not many people think they need psychotherapy. This includes almost everyone having psychotherapy. Once, as part of my training, I shadowed a psychiatrist on her ward rounds, seeing patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Most of them disputed their need for treatment, despite being delusional, incapacitated by their illness and pretty obviously constituting a danger to themselves and others. Often they seemed to have got a friend or parent on side, someone who would sit in the room and argue wildly that this was all a horrible misunderstanding. It wasn’t. At least in the cases I saw.

Of course,…

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