I once knew a woman who by her count had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, normally the same hospital, close to 20 times over a 5 year period. They knew her and she knew them and they hated it when she came. The nurses were sure that she had to be more than a little borderline since she argued with them so much.
No one at the hospital ever thought any thing they did was going to make a difference with her. If she had ever thought that it was going to help she had long since lost that notion. She could tell you what the therapists were going to say in group before it was even said. She would comfort new patients nervous about group by telling them not to worry “here is what is going to be said.” And I think she was normally right.
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