The Apartment Too Clean to Call Home

A 40-year-old demands to stay at the hospital, yet nothing seems wrong — until he explains why he can’t go home.

RELATED TAGS: PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH
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Twenty years ago I was a resident in psychiatry and was called down to the emergency room one night to see a patient. Richard, 40, was wearing jeans, a button-down shirt and exceptionally clean white sneakers. He had neatly folded his unused patient gown and placed it at the foot of the bed. He was calm and didn’t appear to be physically injured. His pulse-oximeter, clipped around his right index finger, displayed normal vital signs on the bedside monitor. I glanced back over my shoulder t...
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