By Michael Scott Monje

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Clay Dillon is neuroqueer, and he must make peace with it. After thirty years, he eventually is aware the reality: that he's and continuously has been autistic, and that almost all of his difficulties getting alongside got here from a scarcity of expertise of himself an absence that got here now not from being autistic, yet from having no wisdom of the distance among what he knew of his personal wishes and what others anticipated them to be. this is often altering, even though, and the switch brings a freedom that's right now nice and bad. It offers him solutions, however it additionally alters his methods of perceiving himself. emotions that have been pushed aside at puberty are speeding to the leading edge of his perceptions, and Clay is commencing to query what his wants are, or even who he's, as his global shifts round him.

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She smiled. “I’ve been reviewing the evaluations that were performed when you were seeing the doctors over at the county’s Mental Health Services building. I’ve seen Dr. Wright’s diagnosis, and the second opinion from Dr. Naptal backing it up. ” “Why? ” Her eyes danced at him. Clay refused to look at them because he did not want to be distracted by how much Dr. Jeannie Williams was enjoying this encounter. Instead, he looked at the ceiling while he talked. “I don’t know what to say because I don’t know how to take a compliment that isn’t a compliment.

Williams said during their encounter, and about his discomfort during their meeting. Not that she said anything in particular to make him feel the way he did. Instead, she seemed to want to channel the conversation along certain lines, and having her dictate the terms of his treatment to him in such an explicit way, that had been uncomfortable. Clay had always been under the impression that therapy was designed to let the patient talk about what was currently bothering him, and yet Dr. Williams had seemed more concerned with talking about goals and objectives.

I always knew therapy was expensive, because back when I was growing up, my dad’s insurance didn’t cover it, so I thought it was just something I’d have to pay for. ” Dr. Williams nodded along with Clay as he narrated his background to her. She did not take notes. Clay assumed that she must be recording everything. ” Dr. Williams asked. Clay nodded. “She’s doing better than she was, but to keep her seizures under control they had to put her on so many drugs that she sleeps most of the day. ” Clay nodded.

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