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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today was the day that I met with a new psychologist. I still have the same incredible psychiatrist but he doesn't do psychotherapy, only med management, so I've been on the hunt for someone on my insurance plan for psychotherapy. If anyone needs a psychotherapist it's me.

I was fully prepared to question him to death, to take charge of my treatment, and to make an informed decision on if I would choose him as my treatment provider. I was going to be the one doing the judging and the assessment.

That was until my husband burst my bubble and brought me crashing to the ground. I was on the way out the door when he asked, "You're not really going to wear that shirt are you?"

"Yeah, why not?"

"Do you think it's appropriate for meeting a new psychologist?"

"Yeah, why not?" I was a little confused. It was just a black tank top.

"Teri, that's your 5150 shirt, you're 'Hardcore 5150' shirt."

"Oh shit! But it's hot out there and I couldn't find the shirt I was looking for so I just grabbed this."

"5150" is police and institution code for a dangerous crazy person on the loose. I got the shirt at Street Vibrations last year from my friend's family's booth.

"Are you sure you want to wear that?" He wasn't going to let it go.

"Well I guess I'll see if he has a sense of humor."

With that I left the house and made my way to the doc's office. When he greeted me his eyes went directly to the "5150" or to my boobs, I'm not sure which. Both were well displayed.

I decided I needed to explain my shirt and told him what my husband said and that I said I'd just see if he had a sense of humor.

He looked at me and said, "Well, it definitely gives me insight on who you are and what you're about."

Shit. I was sunk. I was no longer in control. I'd betrayed myself with my choice of attire, and on my first meeting at that.

Oh well, what the hell, like he said it'll give him insight on just who I am and what I'm about. I decided to just roll with it. At least he got a valid first impression.



Cloudia June 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM  

It is a tenant of psychology that we cannot conceal for long. Relax and enjoy the agony of losing the s**t you no longer need, gal pal.

Aloha from Honolulu,
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Andrea L June 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

So where do I get one of these shirts :)

The Bipolar Diva June 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

I got mine at a motorcycle rally. they may have a web page. just google hardcore 5150 :)

Rob-bear June 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

There is something to be said about truth in advertising.

Such an "interesting" shirt. And, yes, you certainly made an impression.

Blessings and Bear hugs.

middle child June 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM  

Clever Psychologist figured you out a bit. Will probably know what to cover in your beginning sessions. Hope all works out.

highheeledlife June 22, 2012 at 6:11 AM  

LOL..., oh the joys of finding a new psychologist. Wishing you good luck with this one, it's always a nerve racking changing. We need to remember these health professionals are actually working for us, and they need to impress us not the other way around.

Every 6-8 months we have a team meeting (with the various rehab therapy people that keep me functioning)we sit around the table ..while I listen to each of them give "their" opinion on my progress (or lack of or whatever) from emotional to physical post accident. At the last meeting when the occupational therapist ask if anyone had anything to add ... I raised my hand and gave my opinion on how I felt they were all doing. Thought you would get a chuckle... if not for us and others with needs ~ all of these people would be out of jobs!!

Smile ... your are doing great!! xo HHL

P.S. I have a mug that says: "Counselling has taught me it's not my fault" lol xo

Anonymous,  June 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM  

I like it :)

Classic NYer June 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

Sounds like he's perceptive. You should keep him. :-) June 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

--I LOVE THE t-shirt. I love your new dude. & I love you.


I must get one!! XXxxx

Dazee Dreamer June 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM  

That is hilarious. At least he didn't get all doctory on you.

The Bipolar Diva June 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM  

I'm guessing with my proclamation he could have had me committed!

Christy June 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM  

I thought humor was a good thing.

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