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Life of the mind: A miracle cure?

Psychotherapy is not always a quick fix.

By Anna Blundy   June 2015


Patients who were hoping for a quick fix from psychotherapy—six sessions of life tips and you’re on your way—often slump after a few weeks of self-consciously talking about themselves to no obvious end. After a few more weeks they might say: “I mean, how does this actually work? I don’t feel better at all. If anything, I feel worse. Where are we headed?”

This is what a patient, Ms S, said to me. She started our sessions talking about her chronic anxiety, sleeplessness, desperate panic about what she knew ought to be…

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