Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for women in rural areas.
I got to know Huang Xiuhe in a training held for rural women 5 years ago. She had serious psychological problem then, but it had not impacted her normal life. I thought, the impairment in her heart would be healed as time went by.
I did not expect such result when I met her again 5 years later.
Appointment call was made by her husband. The problem was they are going through the divorce.
I went to the counseling room and I almost could not recognize Huang Xiuhe, who was standing before me. She was below 50, but her hairs were almost white and her face looked swollen and lifeless, just like an old women. Her husband, a face of vicissitudes, was gray at the temples. They had brought oil, soy source, vinegar and salt from home for me to test, because Huang Xiuhe suspected her husband had poisoned the food and water, and she became ill by eating them. She wanted divorce.
“Teacher Zhou, you are the last one to poison me in the world. The happiest time in my life was spent with you. I will not live with him. He kept poisoning me and all of my internal organs got serious ill”.
She showed hypochondrasis , persecution paranoia and schizophrene. She became a mental patient.
Her husband did not want divorce, “Two children are at school and they will be sad. Her illness will become more serious. I cannot give up my duty to be a man. She concerned us a lot when she was young. She always kept talking about you. The only person she trusts is you. Please cure her……”
Her husband told me that he had taken her to check in many hospitals. He had spent a lot of money, but there had not a hospital could diagnose what was wrong with her, apart from being offered shots and medicines.
I wondered even normal people could see she suffered from mental problem, not the physical problem. Why there’s no doctor or specialist suggested him to see a psychiatrist.
After they had left, I called many specialized hospitals around the city and made a list of the hospitals. I called Huang Xiuhe’s husband and suggested him to seek treatment, because their children are still young and they have a long way to go.
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