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Does she take therapy?

A bout of despair cannot always be alleviated by drugs, psychotherapy is sometimes a better solution-but your friends may be sceptical

By Marion McGilvary   December 1997

I do not believe in all that stuff,” she says, her lipsticked mouth pursed like a prune. “Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy and droning on about your inner child. It’s ridiculous.”

I want to protest-but then I notice that the two women sitting along the other side of the dinner table have transferred their interest from the chocolate tart to me.

They all want reassurance that my desire for psychotherapy is a mere middle class indulgence; that suicide is something contemplated by mad people, not by the hostess of a little west London dinner party.

“So do you do the whole…

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