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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Labelled for life

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7037
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Teenagers get a hormonal mainline rush of adult insight that sends them into a spiral of mental agony. They fight against parents to try to define themselves; they don’t want to be us. Childhood is not about defining what you want to be but what you don’t want to be. Yet we all remain captive to our childhood: try as we might, we can’t change who we are or where we come from, or free ourselves from the emotions we develop as children.

Therefore, I …

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