January 13, 2022
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Elsie Crane, a 43-year-old software developer, was referred by her doctor to a psychiatrist, Dr. Mellon Dome.
So, Ms. Crane, reading your chart, I see your doctor suggested you see me because you stopped believing in SARS-CoV-2.
Yes. He said I was having unusual symptoms. A sense of relief, euphoria, and possibly an inflated sense of my own importance.
Well, euphoria can be dangerous. Have you stepped out in front of traffic lately?
Do you have a desire to jump off a rooftop and fly?
No. Although I recently skipped along our driveway to my car. I don’t usually skip.
When did you stop believing in the virus?
It’s hard to pinpoint the moment. I was watching a cooking show a few weeks ago. The host was making a shrimp dish. I fell asleep and had a dream. Dock workers were throwing cases of vaccine vials into the ocean. When I woke up, I felt lighter. My daughter called from college. She said she was taking a leave from her studies and coming home. Her thesis advisor had just been fired for writing an article defending the 1st Amendment. I miss my daughter. I was glad she was coming back.
And then you stopped believing?
I think it was around that time.
Did something traumatic happen to you?
No. I lost my cat for a few hours, but I found her in the living room closet.
Any marital problems?
No. But I haven’t told my husband I stopped believing.
He wears a mask when he goes out in the backyard to work in the garden.
I see. So I would call what you’re experiencing a spontaneous suspension of belief.
Is it serious?
It could lead to irrational actions. We don’t have a mental disorder label for it yet, but I have seen it in a few patients. It’s a regression into childhood, basically. A person abandons responsibility.
I don’t feel like a child.
You wouldn’t. That’s part of the syndrome.
Can it be reversed?
We can treat it with medication. But the drugs don’t restore your belief in the virus.
And that would be the goal? I believe in the virus again?
Are you vaccinated?
No. I was ready to do it, because my husband insisted, but then…if I don’t believe in the virus, why would I take the shot?
Yes. I understand. Let me ask you something. Have you taken any trips lately?
Why, yes. I went to visit my sister in Arkansas a couple of months ago. She lives out in the middle of nowhere with her dog. We went for long walks in the woods, did some fishing. It does me good to get away once in a while, and she needs the company.
And I assume you didn’t watch much television while you were there.
None. Sally doesn’t have a TV.
All right. Now we’re getting somewhere.
Where is that?
You see, you fell off the radar, so to speak. I’m going to prescribe a course of operant conditioning for you. It’ll help you get back on track. OP is training for the mind. It reminds you of important concepts and ideas. How many TV sets do you have in your home?
Good. I want you to have them all on all day, tuned to the news shows. Not the news talk—just the straight news. Sit and watch for at least three hours a day. Do you read news?
We get a local paper. I sometimes go to the BBC website.
Good. Every day, search out and read articles about the pandemic. At some point, you’re going to feel a slight bump.
As if you’re sitting on a train in the station, and then it starts to move. That bump will tell you you’re back in sync. You’re accepting the information you’re getting.
Aside from your husband—he’s something of an oppositional figure for you—do you have a friend who really believes wholeheartedly in the vaccine and the danger of the virus?
Betty. She and I went to college together. She lives near me.
Good. Spend time with Betty. Talk with her. She’ll be an important ally.
I keep hearing stories about people who took the vaccine and had severe reactions. Some of them wound up in the hospital.
We all hear those stories. You have to ignore them. When you encounter one, say to yourself, “This is not real.” Repeat it several times. Gradually, your reaction to the stories will flatten out. You won’t be affected. I’m going to give you a link to an audio presentation. Every night, before you go to sleep, start the audio on your computer. Put on headphones. The audio will play and repeat all night while you’re asleep.
What’s on it?
Statements strung together in a loop. Some of them are from Dr. Fauci. Others are pandemic news clips from CNN. Three weeks of this every night should help.
All right. Should I have sex with my husband?
That’s an odd question.
Well, we enjoy sex. Sometimes, afterwards, I feel, I don’t know how to describe it, “free from concerns.”
I see. Would your husband object to taking a break from sex for the next month?
I don’t think so. If I say it’s temporary and part of my therapy, he might be all right with it. He respects the advice of doctors. He once wanted to be a doctor. But then he went into the shoe business.
Do you exercise?
I go to the gym three times a week. We have equipment at home. I ride the bike every morning.
How do you feel after exercising?
Well, producing endorphins and adrenaline can be counter-productive to the operant conditioning program. So for the next three weeks, don’t exercise. Again, it’s only temporary. And try to include more fat in your diet.
I don’t want to gain weight.
Don’t worry. If you put on a few extra pounds, you’ll be able to shed them easily. Do you go to church?
What’s that experience like for you?
In the last year, I’ve started to feel bored. Our pastor tends to repeat himself. As if he’s covered everything he has to say, and now he’s just going over it all again.
Keep going to church. It’ll contribute to the conditioning program. Church has a pacifying effect. It smooths out rough edges. Can you volunteer at a local school?
I suppose so. What would I do?
Help out with managing the children in their after-school programs, those that are conducted indoors. The children wear masks. You’ll need to wear a mask, too. Masks help. They condition you to accept the virus.
I see. Should I wear a mask at home, too?
For at least two hours a day. Masks promote togetherness. A sense of viral community.
I suppose you want me to take the vaccine.
Of course. But you’ll do it in your own time. One day it’ll occur to you that you need to. A natural reflex.
And that’s when I’ll know I believe in the virus again.
What about movies? I like to watch movies.
My secretary will give you a list. Movies about epidemics, outbreaks, deadly viruses. Are you on social media?
I have a Facebook page.
Post little news excerpts describing the danger of the virus and the need to get vaccinated.
Wow. This is a pretty extensive operant conditioning program.
It has to be. You need immersion. You need wall to wall exposure to correct messaging.
I see. And pretty soon I’ll be back where I was before I stopped believing?
I hope so. I’m optimistic. Yours isn’t what I’d call a serious case. You happened to run off the tracks. We’ll try to get you back on.
What about my feeling of euphoria? Will that go away? Will I feel like skipping along the driveway to my car?
That’s part of the problem. The euphoria makes you think you’ve discovered something important. When you resume your life as it was, that mood will dissolve, and you’ll be all right again.
It’s too bad. I like the elevated mood.
We all do. That’s our delusion. But then we recover.
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