Part 2 - Carpe Diem Is Not a Disability

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Before my initial appointment at UBC I received what seemed like a 30 page questionnaire in the mail. I was to complete this treatise and present it upon my arrival at the clinic. The first time I opened the package was during a self imposed Happy Hour on a sunny payday Friday. I read the questionnaire out loud to my husband, not sure if he was answering for himself or for me. Right from the get-go I had some issues with the questions - most of which were around the use of the terms 'usual' and 'normal'.  What are the definitions of 'usual' and 'normal'? I also had problems with questions regarding my thought processes.

For example:

  1. I am unable to stop daydreaming. What is daydreaming? Who's defined it? My thoughts consist of such things as questions and the search for answers, thinking, planning and doing. One may consider another's thoughts daydreams but who are they to decide?
  2. I am distressed by the disorganized way my brain works. What is 'disorganized'?

I found these to be very leading questions.

I also took issue with a lot of the questions asking about 'at work'. Really, why should work fall into questions pertaining to my mental health?  Am I only just a cog in the machine? If one part isn't like the others the whole process falls apart?

Like an upstanding cog  rational individual, I abided by the social contract rules set out before me and completed the questionnaire (with notes to discuss specific questions further).

My second appointment was much like the first - although the doctors wanted to speak to my husband first. While I was filling out yet another multipage questionnaire, in the unknowingly hip waiting room, Brad was being questioned about what he'd like to change about me. Could this also have been one of those leading questions; "Stacy's personality and subsequent behaviour are distracting. Yes or No"?

To be continued.

Part III

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