April 4, 2011
Me: So, right. I have two events back-to-back this week and one of them is a signing, on Saturday. And my hands are ... like ... kind of raw. From, uh, you know, the hand washing. Like lots of hand washing. I'm really doing the hand washing. And I want my nails to look pretty but I'm doing some crazy right now.
Shrink: Would you say it's more than the usual hand washing?
Me: Like more than the tenth power of unhinged. Yes. More hand washing.
Shrink: What are you thinking when you're washing your hands?
Me: Uh. Huh?
Shrink: If you can put a voice to your anxiety it will help. What are you anxious about?
Me: How long is our session? Cause I got everything from radiation cloud to money to pizza in the closet.
Shrink: Can say out loud the anxious thought as you go to wash your hands compulsively?
Me: That depends.
Shrink: That depends on what?
Me: CAN I STILL WASH MY HANDS ANYWAY
Shrink: Uh, yes. Sure.
Me: OK. I'm down with verbalizing. As long as I can still wash my hands.
Shrink: How are you on moisturizer?
Posted by laurie at April 4, 2011 6:28 PM