Friday, 26 March 2010

"I'm a lot more normal than people give me credit for"

The Mentalist has been grumpier than normal recently. Which living with someone in chronic pain will do to a person. Plus the added bonus of Tigs and his stress monkey ways, and you have all the ingredients to make someone grumpy.

TM has suffered with depression for most of his life. It is part of his character, and it is one of the things we, uh, love about him. It's none of your garden variety sort of depression, because being difficult is another part of his character.

Still, after I started calling him Maudlin Moe - a name I felt was a step up from my normal terms of endearment - he decided to something about it. He went off to the doctor, me with the hope he would get some Xanax, or anything slightly upperish (it's a word, honest), him with the hope that I would stop mocking him.

Unfortunately we have a crap GP who won't prescribe anything, not even to get me out of pain for a little while, so I didn't really have a hope in hell of getting anything tasty via TM. The man told TM that he needed counselling. To which I laughed (internally) heartily! I didn't voice my concerns (or at least, only a few), because it was something he needed to do.

TM is not a fan of anything head doctor related, and being the bright spark that he is, he decided to mess with the poor counsellor. Not on the first visit, because he was prepared to give it a go.

Apparently the first visit went well. Although when he got home, he was concerned by some of the things that she spoke about. He decided then that counselling wasn't the way forward for him, and thought that he wouldn't bother going for any more.

The surgery, however, decided that he did need to go for more sessions, and booked him in for the following week. So he decided to go, just to see if maybe he had got the wrong impression from the counsellor.

But no. She really didn't have a clue how to handle him, and accused him of using sarcasm as a shield. Now, I don't know about you, but sarcasm is more a way of pointing out to people just how dumb they are being.

By the end of the session, it was agreed by both parties that they shouldn't meet again. Her because TM is just too insane to deal with (or rather she just doesn't have the ability to deal with him), TM because he (wrongly) realised that he is a lot more normal than people give him credit for.

This coming from the man who feels that accessories for Chiwanabees is a great money making idea. But that, dear readers, is a story for another day.

Hope you have a happy Monday, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the band of the week!


  1. I feel you've missed out the highlight of my second session. When she said I used sarcasm because I was angry, I told her "I believe that the seminal work of Lydon expressed that Anger is an energy." When she didn't pick up on the reference, I went in for the kill.

    And don't tell everyone about the Chihuanabees, I haven't even copyrighted the name yet. Plus they're not going to be as lucrative a group as people who think they're Batman (but on further analysis actually think they're a different superhero entirely).

    You know, I don't think I come out of this very well at all. Do I get a right of reply at some point, rather than just a comment?

  2. I have family full of depressed ppl. Aunts, Uncles,and Cousins. You do know that this is hereditary?

    I know most ppl dont like to go see a "shrink" cause they are not crazy but the big picture is just talking about your issues with someone who is NOT related to you and therefore is not biased. Really helps alot.

    I hope he keeps going.