Coffee Neurotics Seem To Find Each Other
obsessive-compulsive disorder he functioned highly with the exception of stressful situations and interpersonal relationships.
The fact Nick was not noticing any measurable improvement was causing him concern. He brought it to the attention of Mitchell. He did what he could to alley any concerns Nick might be experiencing.
“I don’t want to see you for at least another month, but I want you to work on something for that month and at the end of that month I want you to return,” Mitchell said. “And what I think will emerge is a pattern. Likely after a couple of weeks you will see it yourself, but I’m going to have to look at it in view of the other psychological and clinical studies I’ve done on you. So how does that sound?”
“What is it you want me to do?” Nick said.
“Keep a tablet or notebook beside your bed and when you awaken each morning jot down the first thing you think about,” Mitchell said.
“Nothing complicated about that,” Nick said.
“We will be on the very edge of recovery,” Mitchell said. “You will know things about yourself that will begin to help you deal with the things in your past that effect you now.”
“I really feel good about this,” Nick said. “For the first time in a long time I think this is all moving in the right direction.”
“Good,” Mitchell said, “Just see the lady at the desk and tell her you want an appointment in a month. Here‘s something to think about; I use this on about 25% of my patients with 100% success. You can be confident. I am.”
A month late Nick returned.
“Did you do what I told you to do?” Mitchell said.
“Yes,” Nick said and handed the notebook to him.
Mitchell scanned it and looked curiously at Nick.
“I don’t get it,” Mitchell said. “You wrote ‘coffee” down for each day.”
“Bummer, right?” Nick said. “That’s the first thing that pops into my head. Can that be helped? Is that normal?”
“Not really,” Mitchell said. “I think you’re the most sane man I’ve ever met.”
Mitchell looked at his watch. “Wow, 10:00 o’clock already. I’m ready for a coffee. How about you? If you buy it comes of the your bill.”