Today has been pretty surreal. First the sky turns jaundiced, and then I'm asked a bunch of freaky questions for 2 hours.
My appointment today was at 10am and it's 8 miles away, which is a significant distance for someone who doesn't drive and doesn't know that area o the county like. At. All. So the journey there was stressful, my carefully planned timings went to pot because I'd accidentally used my coins for the train and had none left for the bus. LUCKILY the buses now take contactless on certain routes. Anyway, in typical fashion I turned up half an hour early and super stressed.
I'd stalked my psychologist on social media before I met him so I knew what he looked like. He was also a guy so I felt uncomfortable initially because I've always been used to female practitioners.
SO. Let the 2 hours begin.
First of all in the first hour he asked me about my daily routine, primary school, secondary school, motor skills, sensory difficulties, family members, university. The main things he picked up on were primary school bullying, why I made friends with teachers and pupils with learning difficulties and sensory difficulties. This was an intense hour, he said to me afterwards that I had only made eye contact with him 5 times (oops!). I also fiddled with my hands and actively avoided eye contact pretty much the whole time.
Now the second hour was weird, it involved 4 questionnaires. The first one was a risk assessment and was the strangest thing I'd ever had to complete. Questions such as:
1. Have you kidnapped someone?
2. Have you ever choked?
3. Have you ever injured yourself outside? (Funnily enough it was such an out of context question that I thought he literally meant outside the centre LOL)
4. Have you ever set fire to things?
5. Have you had a search party after you? (Also funnily enough, this had happened to me aged 12, when I didn't understand what my dad was saying and thought he meant that he wanted to race back 5 miles along a steep coastal path back to the car. So I did. I was "missing" for 2 hours and they found me sitting inside the car)
There was then a set of questions about sensory things, what textures , sounds and smells can't I bear. I said towels, cutlery, traffic, sirens, perfume, basically all lights.
Then there was a last questionnaire about difficulty in social situations different from the eq and was all about whether they were present in childhood/adulthood.
Now I think I will be asked back because he asked about future meeting being done via skype and whether I wasn't my parents involved (NO). I've managed to get things sent to my London address now and I should hear from them within a few weeks. For now I'll struggle on with the weather messing up my eyes and head back to uni. Thank GOD.