In this scene Alec, Alec’s mother Anne, and Dr. Sonne are still at the psychiatry office. Anne is in the private office with Dr. Sonne and Alec is in the waiting room following his session with Dr. Sonne. The waiting room is a pale yellow with three large navy blue upholstered couches surrounding a large brown coffee table. There are several scattered magazines on the coffee table and some of them have been collecting dust. In one corner of the waiting room there are some children’s toys. Alec is playing on his iPhone while his mother is talking with the doctor behind the closed door.
Anne: How did it go today?
Dr. Sonne: Has your soon been displaying any alarming behavior recently?
Anne: (her soft smile slowly turning into a soft frown and acting surprised) What? What do you mean?
Dr. Sonne: His depression has not improved since I saw him last time and I think he may be exhibiting signs of suicidal thoughts.
Anne looks at Dr. Sonne and buries her face in both of her hands then holds her head while looking down at the floor. Dr. Sonne has both hands balled up with his elbows resting on the arms of the chair with his right leg crossed over his left leg and is looking at Anne.
Dr. Sonne: Anne?
Anne: How do you know? I know he’s depressed but I haven’t seen any signs of that. He’s just quiet is all.
Dr. Sonne: Anne, before he walked out of here he said you should know about the prescription I wrote for him in case he overdosed and killed himself.
Anne: (speaking defensively) What? Well how did he say it? Was it in a joking manner? I’m sure he wasn’t serious!
Dr. Sonne looks at Anne with a worried face and slightly raises his voice.
Dr. Sonne: Anne it doesn’t matter if he was joking or not! Either way he said it in this office. You should be concerned. The medication I prescribed him can be addictive if they’re not taken properly!
Anne: (speaking defensively and getting angry) I don’t think he meant to say it the way he did!
Dr. Sonne: I know this is not easy to deal with your child being depressed and it’s certainly not easy accepting the fact that your child may be suicidal but denying these facts is only putting Alec at risk. Now this medicine can help him get his thoughts and feelings under control in addition to our therapy sessions. Only thing is he said he won’t take the medication.
Anne: Well what am I supposed to do? I can’t make him take it!
Dr. Sonne: I recommend getting the prescription filled, crushing one pill a day and putting it in one of his meals.
Anne: (speaking angrily) So you want me to drug my son?
Dr. Sonne: It’s not drugging. This medicine can save his life. Anne, your son is suicidal. Our sessions aren’t enough anymore.
Anne looks at the doctor with tears beginning to well up in her eyes.
Dr. Sonne: (leaning slightly in towards Anne) I know this is hard but this is the best thing to do for Alec. You don’t have to use the whole prescription. Just try the medication for a week and see if there’s any improvement but we won’t know if this medication will help Alec unless we try.
Anne: (sniffling and wiping a few tears from her face) Well won’t he find out I’m putting it in his food?
Dr. Sonne: I do this with some of my older patients. Just crush the pill until it’s a fine powder then sprinkle it in to foods like mashed potatoes, sandwiches, or other soft foods. If it’s done right he won’t be able to taste it. You could put it in drinks even. Just mix it well!
Anne: Are there any side effects?
Dr. Sonne: Not really. He may feel a little tired and occasionally may feel nauseous but otherwise he should feel fine. He’s not allergic to anything is he?
Dr. Sonne: Good.
Anne: You know my husband has suffered from depression before, too. And my brother!
Dr. Sonne writes down some notes in his notepad.
Dr. Sonne: Would you say mental illness runs in your family?
Anne: I mean…I wouldn’t say so. No.
Dr. Sonne: Can you think of anyone else in your family who has ever suffered from depression or any other mental illness. Your mother? Father? Cousins? Aunts?
Anne thinks for a few seconds and looks around the room in thought, avoiding eye contact with the doctor.
Anne: No, not that I can think of.
Dr. Sonne: Hmm. It’s possible that family history of mental illness can be causing Alec’s depression. You said your husband has been depressed?
Dr. Sonne: And what is your husband’s name?
Dr. Sonne writes more notes in his notepad.
Dr. Sonne: Hmm and how is Stephen’s relationship with Alec? Is it good?
Anne: Yeah, it’s good. They talk a lot but not as much as they used to since Alec’s depression has gotten worse.
Dr. Sonne: What things do they do together? What do they talk about?
Anne: (trying to come up with something to say) I mean…sometimes they…
Dr. Sonne looks at Anne with a soft smile waiting for her response to his question
Anne: Stephen works a lot so they haven’t been able to talk a lot (she says this nervously while shaking her head up and down frantically)
Dr. Sonne: What does your husband do if you don’t mind me asking?
Anne: (looking at Dr. Sonne nervously and speaking quickly) He can’t tell us. Something with the government. Top secret!
Dr. Sonne spends several seconds writing in his notepad while Anne looks anxiously at him writing. The doctor finally looks up and smiles at Anne.
Dr. Sonne: How is your husband’s relationship with you?
Anne’s phone vibrates in her purse. She pulls her phone out and she looks down to see a text from Alec reading “Let’s go!”
Anne: (speaking quickly and rushing to put her phone back in her purse) I’m so sorry, doctor. I forgot I have another obligation today and I need to head out now. Thank you so much for today!
Dr. Sonne: (surprised) Alright, well the copay for today is $35. Do you want to set up Alec’s next appointment now or-
Anne: (pulling out the checkbook from her purse and tearing out a blank check) Uh I’ll call you and set it up. Um, here just write in the check. I’ll call to set up the appointment tomorrow. Thanks so much!
Anne opens the door to the waiting room and closes the door behind her.
Alec: What the fuck was the hold up? Are you crying?
Anne: Let’s just go, Alec.
Alec and Anne leave the office and take the elevator to the ground floor. They leave the building and walk towards Anne’s car.