Out of sight, out of mind

First there was insomnia; next hallucinated white mice were chased around the room with a broom; and then, the final straw, an attempt to jump in terror out of a moving vehicle.*

The family GP had little hesitation in choosing to section this bipolar disorder patient to prevent self-harm, to the relief of his family.

On hospitalisation, a psychiatrist soon identified the use of
St John’s wort, a herbal supplement sometimes taken for mild depression, as the trigger for the rapid psychotic breakdown. The psychiatrist explained that

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