By Anna Kavan
This choice of tales, more often than not interlinked and mostly autobiographical, chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to ultimate incarceration in a Swiss medical institution. The feel of paranoia, of persecution through a foe or strength that's by no means given a reputation, conjures up The Trial by means of Kafka, a author with whom Kavan is usually in comparison, even if her deeply own, confined, and virtually overseas —accented type has no actual version. an analogous characters who recur throughout—the protagonist's unhelpful "adviser," the pal and lover who abandons her on the medical institution, and an collection of deluded companions—are sketched with no hint of the fad, self-pity, or sentiment that experience marked more moderen bills of psychological instability.
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Use the formulation to summarize the facts, generate hypotheses, and arrive at a working diagnosis. ” History of present illness: Mr. Williams is a 36-year-old, single, white man well-known to our system who carries the diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder. He was doing well living in his own apartment and working as a salesman, and was coming to see his therapist weekly for psychotherapy and lithium. About 2 weeks ago, his girlfriend of 3 years broke up with him; he began to drink daily (6 to 10 beers) and failed to show up for his appointments.
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