Life of the mind: How do I know I’m helping

By Anna Blundy   September 2016

There were two minutes left of the session and my patient went quiet and contemplative, her Jackie O look today, bobbing diamond earrings and claret nails.

She had not started the course of anti-depressants she’d been prescribed. When she said she’d changed her mind about wanting them but felt guilty, I said something like: “You feel it’s obligatory to take the drugs in order to please your GP?” She said she didn’t want to disappoint anyone, but that…

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