Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: 55% of communication is nonverbal.  What you don’t say can be worth 1,000 words.  What does your body language say about you?  What does Michelle’s body language tell her doctor about the relationship between her and her mother?

Story Excerpt: (left side)

Assessment Update Report: August 25th Compiled by Dr. Wong

Information for the Diagnostic Assessment Update was obtained through an interview with the patient and her mother, Melissa Williams.
Presenting difficulties:
Upon arrival the patient was awake and had moved from the fetal position to an upright sitting position upon the hospital bed. Patient did make slight eye contact and verbal expressions were quite and and short.

Significant Events or Crises Since Previous Diagnostic Assessment:
During the update assessment, it was noted that there was no physical nor verbal contact between mother and child. Mother seemed restless, knee bouncing and shifting in chair. Several times she asked to step outside and have a cigarette. When mother left the room, Michelle seemed more relaxed. Her shoulders lowered and she let some of the covers down. The hair in her eyes made it difficult to read facial expressions; although, they seemed flat. Mother reported that Jill was a quiet and shy, but responsible child who basically took care of herself. Mother noted that when Michelle lived with her grandmother, she was happier: she’d smile, talk, and play. It was after the death of her grandmother that Michelle seemed to have difficulty coping with stressors and seem to experience an exacerbation of depression.