First meeting with TN

Fgh.  That’s the closest I can get to the sound my brain is making right now.

First meeting with the new psychologist (who, with the initials “TN”, will inevitably be called “Tennessee” in my head from now on.  Great.) today (despite my failure at calendar-keeping that sent me there last week expecting some psychological relief).

I hate first meetings with therapists.  There’s sooo much paperwork, especially when you have to give a detailed account of all past abuse, self-harm ideation/attempts and suicide ideation/attempts, and go through all of the depression/anxiety checklists.  The latter basically sounded like this:

TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Yes.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Yup.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Yes.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Um…I don’t think so.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Yes.  Oh!  Wait!  That last one was yes, too.  Sorry.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: Yep.
TN: *Peanuts Teacher Voice*
DBR: zzzzzzzzzz

Fun, fun times.

The psychologist (herebefore-and-after referred to as TN because I really am that lazy) said that my affect was good, and I seemed only moderately depressed today.  Hooray.

Hopefully we can get into some of the more urgent problems next week.  Until then, I’ll still be here, feeling relatively shitty and unable to do some of the more emotionally demanding tasks on my plate.  Thank goodness for pain meds, for wheelchairs, and for very nice apartment managers (what do you call the landlord’s son who does all the maintenance?) who lug your chair inside for you with apparently little effort as you struggle to keep up going up the steps to open doors.  It’s been a terrible couple of days pain-wise, and all of those things and people have been so very helpful.  I’ve gone to work, and done everything that needed to be done, and it’s been great.

Time for a nap.


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