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Life of the mind: Behind the boredom

What to do when patients bore you stupid

Sometimes patients are boring. I have a patient who drives the supervision group nuts (trainee therapists like myself, as well as the fully qualified, always need input from others). When I relate a whole 50 minute session I feel their minds drifting away, eyes sliding towards the window, feet shuffling, phones buzzing interestingly in their bags. “Doesn’t he ever do anything interesting?” moaned the medical student in the red jeans. “No, I don’t think so,” I said, honestly.

This patient was describing an altercation at the bank. The cashier insisted on a signature for some transaction or other and the…

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