Markus Donix, MD
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Donix M.; The Evening Seminar. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:432. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-6-201309170-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(6):432.
When she entered the room, I wondered whether she would feel uncomfortable. Placed on a small podium in front of a large audience was a chair on which the patient was to sit. The rustling and whispering that always echo our alertness of the past day in an evening seminar at the hospital suddenly gave room to an expectant silence. She was recovering from a major depressive episode, which had led her to the edge of suicide and unable to care for her family or herself. In a psychiatry department specializing in affective disorders, lectures and seminars on depression are nothing unusual. Neither are patients who are willing to share their experience with the physicians, psychologists, and students. Over the years, we had learned what to expect: stories of fragile recovery, reflected by the patient's ability to participate in such an event, and the inherent risk for symptom relapse.
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