A Psychiatrist Haunted by a Patient's Suicide

September 17, 2014 12:29 PM

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A Psychiatrist Haunted by a Patient's Suicide

It was many years ago, but I still cringe with a sense of loss, failure and even shame every time I think about it. And I think about it often.

Mr. P was in his 60s, an executive who had been hospitalized for depression. He was better now, discharged from the hospital and returning to see me as an outpatient -- and denying the suicidal impulses that led to his admission. Denying it consistently until that one moment when he let his guard do...

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