As requested by anon. :)
Hello and welcome to my new Tuesday series, by an overwhelming majority of votes! Already we’ve imagined hat would happen if Ichigo, Byakuya, or Orihime found themselves chatting with a psychiatrist inside a locked psych ward. Now it is Chad’s turn!
Subject: Yasutora “Chad” Sado
Hair color: Brown
There have been a lot of students admitted to this ward recently.
The subject has been missing a lot of class, and his teacher reports that he has “been more withdrawn even than usual, if that’s possible.” I will know more after the intake appointment.
Day 1 Addendum:
Subject does not like to speak. He is cooperative to a degree, but answers my questions using as few words as possible. He will, I think, be a difficult person to get to know.
For instance, when I asked him what sorts of concerns he has, he answered “Friends.” When I asked him if he was fighting with his friends, he merely said, “Yes.” There may not be a whole lot of elaboration in these sessions.
I asked the subject to tell me more about what he and his friends are fighting about. Subject looked at me in silence for a moment, and then said that he was sorry but I misunderstood. He meant “fighting with” in the sense of “fighting alongside.” Apparently he and his friends are involved in many altercations.
This actually fits the report I received from his teacher: the subject has often been bullied, and made friends with a fellow student who had a similar problem. They have, according to the principal, been involved in many fights in the past. Apparently this is continuing into the present.
I asked the subject to tell me in detail about his most recent fight. I added the “in detail” part in the hopes that he might elaborate a bit more.
He told me that one of his friends, Uryu, recently joined a bad gang, and that the subject and his other friends, Ichigo and Inoue, tried to convince Uryu to leave the bad gang but failed.
I asked him what made Uryu’s gang bad. He said, “Wanting to destroy the universe.” I did not realize that the subject engaged in hyperbole.
It seems that the subject may be involved in some sort of gang warfare: his own gang, the “good guys” recently lost one of their own to the “bad gang.” The subject is rationalizing this by painting the battle in stark black and white terms. I must get him to see that everybody involved is an individual not a “good guy” or a “bad guy.”
I decided to try a rorschach test today. I showed the subject the image, and he said that it looked like a death skull to him. I asked how that made him feel. He said it made him feel “comforted.”
Subject is involved in gang warfare and finds death skulls to be comforting. He may have an antisocial streak.
I asked the subject to tell me more about his gang, hoping to get an insight as to why he feels that Uryu’s gang is “bad” but his own is “good.” The subject said that he does not consider himself in a gang, although he once rode boars in a boar gang once. He did not elaborate further.
I am a professional, but I admit that this is slightly frustrating. Where on earth do boars come into any of this??
I asked the subject to tell me more about himself and his group of friends. I avoided the word “gang,” as the subject does not seem to like that label. The subject said there is him, his best friend Ichigo, a more recent friend named Inoue, and sometimes a shopkeeper and an adorable cat who can turn into a human.
That last part is a direct quote. The subject identified one of his friends / gang members as a cat-woman shape shifter. I asked if the boars he mentioned the other day also had human forms. He said no. He looked shocked that I would ask.
The subject’s neuroses run much deeper than I realized.
Today the subject surprised me by asking me a question at the beginning of our session. He asked if I thought his communication skills were lacking. He went on to explain (!!) that once while battling a giant sand monster, his fighting companion complained a lot that the subject didn’t communicate enough. He said that he wondered ever since if that was true.
This is a breakthrough moment. It has finally become clear to me that the subject is subsuming his anxieties and neuroses into elaborate fantasy delusions. He cannot deal with a former gang-member joining a new gang, and so he creates a scenario in which Uryu’s betrayal literally threatens the whole universe. He does not want to think about how a friend said he doesn’t share enough, so he buries that conversation into an elaborate delusion about a fight against a sand creature: a sand creature that represents, of course, his own fear that he is “dry” and does not have enough human emotion. As for the cat-woman shape shifter, she clearly represents the subject’s belief that women are mysterious “others” who cannot be understood.
I feel that I am getting a handle on this case at last!
Except for the boars. I have nothing there.
The subject is opening up more and more. Today he voluntarily said that he wants to talk about his “powers.” He explained that because his mother was attacked by a monster, he has similar powers to the monster (he referred to the monster as a “hollow”). These powers give him the ability to create magical armor on his arms, to fire death rays, and to carve death skulls into the wall. He was quick to reassure me that he does not use these powers for himself, but only uses them to fight for Ichigo.
This is fascinating. It seems that despite the subject’s large and muscular look, he feels deeply vulnerable: hence his desire to have magical armor. His vulnerability may stem from the fact that his mother was attacked by a “monster.” He is also aware that his strength means that he could hurt people: hence the death rays and the death skull. He has dealt with this by deciding that his strength is only valid if used for Ichigo.
I begin to suspect that Ichigo is his gang leader and/or love interest.
I asked the subject about his medallion today. He said that it was from his grandfather, the man who told him that he had to figure out what the subject’s “strong right arm is for.” He added that Ichigo once promised that he would always fight to the death to protect this medallion because of its importance to the subject.
Definitely love interest, then.
Today the subject announced that he will be checking himself out, because he needs to help his friends drag Uryu back from his “evil” gang. I suggested that he think hard about why he is so convinced that Uryu’s new gang is evil. Subject replied that they are basically Nazis and have killed a lot of people. So fair enough.
As he left, I asked, “But why the boars though?” He paused for a moment, and then, as he left, he answered, “Nobody knows.”
I will miss this one.