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Life of the mind: saviour syndrome

Care is something you can get from your friends. Therapy isn't.

By Anna Blundy   June 2016

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I have a patient who reminds me a bit of Amy Winehouse. She dresses in a way that’s ultra-feminine but aggressive at the same time. “What do you mean? It’s just how I dress.” Just! I love just! It comes up all the time in therapy. Nothing is just anything (not even a cigar). She is fantastically self-destructive. “Why shouldn’t I drink and do drugs? I’m not hurting anyone else?” She is terribly sad. “Isn’t everyone? And nothing you say will change…

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