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The drugs do work

Training to be a psychoanalyst has made me realise how well the NHS cares for the mentally ill

By Anna Blundy   July 2011

When I tell people that, as part of my psychoanalytic training, I have the privilege of observing ward rounds on a secure psychiatric ward in a big London hospital, they shudder. “I wouldn’t dare go in. They might not let me out!” one friend said. So many of us are in some kind of therapy that the idea of tipping over the edge into real psychosis, of being sectioned and treated forcibly on a ward full of maniacs, is a nightmarish fantasy we prefer not to contemplate.

The reality is that, for many patients on the ward, being sectioned turns…

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