Me: Okay, so when would be a good time for me to follow up with you next week?
Client: Uh… you know. Whenever. Whenever your instincts tell you it’s a good time.
Client: Yeah. So when you just get that feelin’, uh, like, ‘it’s time,’ then you can just call me.
Me: Okay… I’m just going to call you on Monday, okay?
Client: We’ll see how you feel.
This is what it’s like trying to communicate with my mother (except that I’d be wrong. And her feelings would be hurt.)
By Gary O’Brien
Part 2 in my Mental Health guides. Part 1 here.
In the modern world we no longer have to fear our crippling social anxiety. Why, just a few clicks away we can find literally tens, maybe even several tens, of people on the Internet who are ready, willing and able to talk to us using our typed words. No more face to face interaction where you worry about having this conversation:
“Hey! How are you doing? You look fantastic. Have you been working out?”
“I need to report a fire.”
“Oh my god? Is there a fire?”
“I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH!”
I’m probably not going to be funny on here for a while, so feel free to unfollow.
I don’t think I was depressed as a child. At least I don’t think I thought as a child I was depressed. But looking back through the brilliant prism of decades of experience I suppose I was. What I considered myself to be back then was a terrific liar. I created a wonderful and colorful background for myself that hid how lonely and sad I was. I can say for certain that I held that veil of secrecy above me from about the age of five until roughly twenty minutes ago.
Thank you for writing this, it’s so well said. And really, you can’t make trauma into not-trauma by calling it that. This really was. Really. You’re unburying it very well, I think.
Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of a Depressed Person™! This is a very exciting period of time for you as you unpack and understand your new living companion. While he may look like the previous model, Regular Person™, there are some key features of this model that are important to understand before you start using the product: