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. Left-Brain excerpts will be from her care-takers’ point of view or the point of view of the friends and family around her, while right-brain excerpts will describe how she sees the situation. 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: You are not in this thing called life alone.  You have a circle around you who wants to help you, you just have to take time to get to know who they are.

In today’s story excerpt Doctor Wong, Michelle’s psychiatric, reviews Michelle’s circle of support, which is limited at the moment, but will flourish upon her release from the behavior health hospital.

Left Side:

Progress Report: September 24th Compiled by Dr. Wong

Report of recent symptoms/behaviors:

Michelle’s rating scores continue to be 3s feeling somewhat sad and alone.

Session Note:
Today’s session focused upon reviewing goal number one on her intake plan:

Michelle will develop a system of support that she can process with as feelings of concerns arise. This will be measured by her demonstrating these skills through individual, as well as family, therapy sessions.

So far it seems as if Michelle is using imaginary friends and beings as her first ring of support due to the fact that she does not have any close friends and family at this time. Her grand mother has passed away and her mother was admitted to North Eastern Rehabilitation Services. North Eastern Rehabilitation Services, North Eastern Behavioral Services, and the Department of Child and Family Services are working closely together to determine if Melissa, Michelle’s mother, is adequately able to care for her daughter, or if a foster placement needs to be found. This will be determined closer to Michelle’s, and her mother, Melissa’s, release dates.

The second ring of support will have to be worked on upon after Michelle’s release when she is able to return to school.

The third ring of support will also be implemented upon Michelle’s release when she returns to school and will have access to school social workers and teachers.

The fourth ring of support is already in place through sessions with myself and other staff members at North Eastern Behavioral services, which will be a tiered schedule of gradual release until services become an as needed service on an out-patient basis.

A more complete form will be drawn up prior to Michelle’s release date.

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