Transcript of 92nd Session between Charles Balis, M.D. and Ms. Anna Green, Thursday, September 10, 1998 at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Green: Where have you been?
Dr. Balis: Hello, Anna. Please come in.
Ms. Green: Where have you been, Doctor? I've been trying to reach you, and they just pushed me off onto another therapist. Are you trying to get rid of me specifically or am I getting the general brush-off treatment? How could you have left me like that?
Dr. Balis: Anna, please sit down. I was away on a family emergency...
Ms. Green: For two weeks?
Dr. Balis: Yes, for two weeks.
Ms. Green: What happened?
Dr. Balis: My dad had another stroke...
Ms. Green: He had one about a year ago, right?
Dr. Balis: Yes.
Ms. Green: I remember. Is he all right?
Dr. Balis: Well...
Ms. Green: Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to yell at you, Charles. Is there something I can do?
Dr. Balis: No, it's...
Ms. Green: Is he...
Dr. Balis: No, he is not dead. But it was a very bad stroke, and I came out to New York to be with him. Now, what happened to you? Why are you so agitated?
Ms. Green: I'm so sorry. I hope father will be okay. I feel so bad. I...
Dr. Balis: Anna, please sit down. I'm grateful for your concern, but I would like to start our session. What happened? What got you so upset?
Ms. Green: Kathy's gone. No one knows where she is. She's just gone. One morning she was there, and then she was gone.
Dr. Balis: How did you find out?
Ms. Green: Her Aunt Helen called that afternoon. She was hoping that Kathy would be with me. But I've had no contact with Kathy for over a month now. I didn't even want to talk to her.
Dr. Balis: You didn't want to talk to Helen?
Ms. Green: No, I didn't mind talking with Helen. She didn't drag me through the dirt like everyone else did. I actually feel for her. And she was so freaked. She really loves Kathy, I guess. Or maybe she just feels responsible for her. Or guilty...I don't know.
Dr. Balis: Please sit down. What did Helen tell you about Kathy?
Ms. Green: Kathy had been staying with Helen. When she went to Kathy's room around lunch time, she found the room empty. She was there in the morning; it was all normal in the morning. But later, she was gone. All the clothes were gone, too, and her toothbrush was missing.
Dr. Balis: Sounds like Kathy left on her own.
Ms. Green: Yeah, except that the window to her room was broken into from the outside.
Dr. Balis: That's weird.
Ms. Green: So I told Helen that I had no idea where Kathy was. And then the police started calling me.
Dr. Balis: The police?
Ms. Green: They said that they thought it was a case of abduction, and they wanted to go through all my telephone logs and messages again.
Dr. Balis: But you haven't heard from Kathy, right?
Ms. Green: No, I didn't.
Dr. Balis: I see. Was Kathy's room in disarray when Helen got there?
Ms. Green: No, it was immaculate. But Kathy was a neat freak. But that's not inconsistent with her running away, is it?
Dr. Balis: Hmm. So are you involved in this investigation now?
Ms. Green: And Martin, too. They think it must be someone we all know.
Dr. Balis: Do they have Kathy's assailant in custody?
Ms. Green: You mean the father of that suicide victim?
Dr. Balis: Yeah.
Ms. Green: I don't know what happen to that. My dad told me about him, he could have been wrong. I haven't heard any more on that than what I've told you already.
Dr. Balis: I see. Do the police think that the kidnapper and the assailant is the same person?
Ms. Green: Oh...
Dr. Balis: Anna, please sit down. You're making me dizzy.
Ms. Green: Sorry.
Dr. Balis: Are you in any danger?
Ms. Green: Martin is staying with me just in case.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: He was worried, too, and he thought it would be best if I wasn't alone in the house at night. Kathy never gave me back the keys.
Dr. Balis: Change the locks.
Ms. Green: I did last Friday. But we made a spare garage door clicker for her.
Dr. Balis: They can be reprogrammed, too.
Ms. Green: Okay, I'll do that.
Dr. Balis: Do your parents know Martin is staying with you?
Ms. Green: When I explained the situation--that it might be someone Martin and I know--my dad thought it was probably safer with Martin around. But he wanted the police to watch the house.
Dr. Balis: Are they doing that?
Ms. Green: They flat out refused, those bastards. They never got the guy, and now they don't even care if I'm next.
Dr. Balis: Well, don't jump to conclusions, Anna. They might know something you don't.
Ms. Green: Hmm.
Dr. Balis: How about staying with your parents and telecommuting to work? Is that a possibility?
Ms. Green: Well, first of all, I don't want my parents to be involved. I don't want to worry about them, too. And second, I've changed my job; now I'm part of the Futurists' department. I don't want to be away just when I need to learn so many things. I'm playing catch up right now. I can't telecommute.
Dr. Balis: I see.
Ms. Green: By the way, I'm very happy about my new job, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: I can see that.
Ms. Green: How?
Dr. Balis: It's the first time you stopped twitching since you got here.
Ms. Green: Twitching? I guess. I just can't stay still. If I don't have something I can focus all my attention onto, I just drift into hysteria.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: Martin tried to give me some pot to calm my nerves, and that totally freaked me out. I got completely paranoid and jumped at every crack and squeak. He said that he almost considered taking me to the hospital when I stared to rip at my fingers. See?
Dr. Balis: That's really bad.
Ms. Green: It's much better now. I was wearing sixteen band aids at one point.
Dr. Balis: Sixteen?
Ms. Green: I ripped at my toes, too. It was ugly. I'm staying away from pot for the time being.
Dr. Balis: Have you been smoking regularly?
Ms. Green: Well, remember how I had problems sleeping?
Dr. Balis: You were using marijuana as a sleeping aid?
Ms. Green: It works: I go out like a light. Of course, I need five cups of coffee to get going the next morning, but I was getting desperate.
Dr. Balis: I see. Why didn't you tell me?
Ms. Green: Well, I did tell you that I couldn't sleep. And pot does wonders for the appetite, too.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: It's not like it's the first time, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: How are you sleeping now?
Ms. Green: It's bad. I know that I'm having some very serious nightmares, but I don't remember a thing when I come to. It's very weird, I usually remember my dreams. I make a special effort.
Dr. Balis: I see. And how about Melatonin?
Ms. Green: How about it? It doesn't work at all.
Dr. Balis: Hmm. Do you drink coffee at night?
Ms. Green: Sometimes, but I have to in order to make it through the day. I have to keep up my attention level, there's so much to learn.
Dr. Balis: How many cups a day do you think you drink?
Ms. Green: I average about six.
Dr. Balis: Do you drink Coke?
Ms. Green: Sure. We have a free supply of Cokes in our department.
Dr. Balis: I see. And tea?
Ms. Green: At tea time only. It's one of the traditions in my department--we do tea at four in the afternoon with pastries and lots of Devonshire cream.
Dr. Balis: You have to cut down on your caffeine intake, Anna. That might be part of your sleeping disorder problem. Get them to get you a caffeine free soda and tea, and then you can still feel part of the team without the negative side effects.
Ms. Green: Hmm.
Dr. Balis: Anna, I'm serious. You have to get your life in order. Sleep deprivation is dangerous. It affects your judgment as well as your mood and your ability to cope. And you definitely need your wits about you. I don't know if you're really in danger, but taking precautions until they find Kathy and figure out the rest of it is critical. And I'm pretty sure that having Martin living with you is not a good idea. Can't you stay with a girlfriend?
Ms. Green: I...
Dr. Balis: Are you sleeping with him?
Ms. Green: No!
Dr. Balis: Anna, you are worrying me.
Ms. Green: Hmm.
Dr. Balis: Please sit down. And stop picking at your hands.
Ms. Green: I've got to go. You're too negative, and you are freaking me out.
Dr. Balis: I don't mean to freak you out, Anna. I just want to get a handle on your life.
Ms. Green: I've got to go. Martin will be freaked if I'm even five minutes late. He's really worried about me, too.
Dr. Balis: All right. But I need you to call me if you start to feel things spiraling out of control...
Ms. Green: I've tried to call you but...I'm sorry. I'm really sorry about your dad. I hope he'll be okay. I'm sorry. I'll see you next week. And I'll be good, I promise.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Ms. Green: Goodbye, Charles.
Dr. Balis: Take care, Anna.
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