Lande RG. Dancing With Medusa, A Life in Psychiatry: A Memoir. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2011;111(6):410–411. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2011.111.6.410.
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In spite of her distress, she was only mildly depressed. When I questioned her about thoughts of suicide, she denied it. However, she revealed to me, for the first time, that she tried to commit suicide in 1970. “My brother had been killed and my Grandfather died. A priest had tried to sexually assault me. I took an overdose of pills.”... I knew so much about Bella and yet apparently, there were layers and layers yet that I would have to peel back to understand her more fully.
I could relate to the abuse that Bella suffered as a child. In spite of his gift with others, my father had no patience with me. When I was in elementary school, he punished me for minor infractions (I was a good kid) by hitting me with a strap. After he hit me, he made me stand in the corner with my hands straight down at my side...
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