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February 17, 1984

Nightmares and the Blue-Eyed Boys

JAMA. 1984;251(7):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340310015011

He was referred from the diabetic clinic where he had been treated for several years. He also had hypertension and had often seemed moody and depressed although he had tried hard to conceal it. It was apparent that seeing a psychiatrist was about the ultimate indignity. In the first session, he did everything possible to avoid the problem that was all too obviously on his mind. He even denied the need to see a psychiatrist and spoke casually of his everyday life and all the handicaps encountered by having diabetes and hypertension. He mentioned his fine family of three grown boys and bemoaned the little time he had spent with them because of his "bad moods." He spoke of his devoted wife, and when the time was almost up, tears streamed down his reddened face and he began to sob. He then stated that since near the end of World