I tend to put up walls between myself and others. That’s definitely no secret. It’s how I survived the years of endless abuse. Don’t let people inside, don’t get hurt. Period.
It took me a long time to dismantle the wall between my therapist (Dr. D) and me. We’re talking about 18 months. It took a lot of hard work on both our parts to find trust.
I had been doing well trusting her. But…
A lot has happened since I last wrote. I had bariatric surgery and lost 140 pounds. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a lumpectomy. I had a couple of hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts (getting quite close to an attempt). Now I’m undergoing radiation for the cancer. I’m in the middle of psychotic symptoms, specifically voices.
I guess the wall wasn’t completely down. I was scared to tell Dr. D and Dr. W (my psychiatrist) that the voices were back and I was having severe depression symptoms. I’m working now with Dr. W to get my Haldol dosage correct. I refuse to take the new antipsychotics because of the potential for weight gain. I don’t need that.
Back to Dr. D. Last week, I was telling her about the voices and the depression. We discussed how it could be situational. I think it started that way, but evolved into something biological. I know, not the best description, but it’s all I got. Then she said something that shocked me. She said it seemed like an overreaction to the situation. The worst started shortly after I had the lumpectomy.
That shook me. My reaction wasn’t immediate. I was already feeling bad so I just sat there. I didn’t question. Over the last week, I’ve been stewing over it. Today when I saw Dr. D, the wall was up and thicker than ever. Before I gave honest answers. Today all I gave was “fine”. I could tell she didn’t believe me. She sat for a minute and asked if I just wanted to get past the question. “Pretty much” was my answer. I didn’t say much today. A lot of yeses and nos in response to questions. I don’t think I looked at her the whole time. I stared at the rug. I stared at the picture on the wall. I stared at the fish tank. My trust was shattered in one statement. I didn’t ask her about what she said. I don’t know if the reasons are important. What’s important is how it made me feel. And I didn’t tell her. I didn’t want to tell her. I was scared to tell her. I didn’t feel comfortable telling her. I don’t know if I ever will. I’m not even sure what I would say.
I didn’t want to go back. I really didn’t. But I thought that I would give it a try. That maybe somehow I would feel different when I saw her. I didn’t feel any different, though. I still don’t know if I will go back again. I have a good excuse to take off the next few weeks. The radiation makes me really tired. And going one less place on Thursday would be nice.
I’m not sure what she could do to re-earn my trust. To start the process I would have to tell her about the effect of her words. But in order to do that, I’d have to tear down my wall a little bit. I’d have to go on faith alone. It almost feels like a catch-22. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I don’t want to start again with another therapist. She specializes in trauma, and is one of the few psychologists that take my insurance.
I guess I have a lot of thinking to do.