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Fillers A memorable patient

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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:494
  1. Paul Blenkiron, specialist registrar in psychiatry
  1. York

    He remained clinically depressed despite medication and took an overly negative view of every event in his life. Fresh from my training course in cognitive behaviour therapy, I felt sure I could help.

    “Imagine you are in bed asleep one night and you are woken by a loud noise downstairs,” I suggested. “What would you think, feel, and do?”

    “It could be a burglar,” he replied. “I'd be terrified—perhaps ring the police or hide.” “What if you have a cat and remember …

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