Magazine March 8, 2010, Issue

Bethesda Mental-Health Clinic

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2010. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Doctor’s Notes

Tuesday 1/19

Convened our first group session. Technically, we’re calling it “Dealing with Setbacks in Home and Career,” but I’ve decided to let the discussion encompass a wide range of responses. Of the twelve participants, nine are currently serving in Congress or in the administration.

The first meeting was rough — the group quickly broke into factions, with a great deal of anger coalescing around patients Nancy P. and Harry R., who responded with ego-defensive behavior until the group- breathing exercises. Then, doctor attempted to break group habit of “blame game” with some fun trust-building exercises. Slight setback in the “trust

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