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  1. No need to despair. You didn't do anything wrong. They treated you poorly, but that won't keep you from ever being happy. You said it's time to focus on academics? Then that's what you should do. Take the rest of this week to just focus on studies. Any time you think about your work situation, remind yourself that you are focusing on studying this week; you will dedicate time to thinking about work next week. Next week, you will revisit your work situation. Put a little distance between the sting of today and thinking about what's next.
  2. That's awful. I am surprised by that, and I don't think that experience fits in with McDonald's corporate ethos on education. They are very pro education and encouraging of their employees, even the person running the fry bin, to further their education. http://www.archwaystoopportunity.com/about.html https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/08/07/unusual-approach-tuition-assistance-mcdonalds-employees I bet if McD's corporate knew of your situation, they might think a bit differently than (and about) the owner of the restaurant that pushed you out. Yes, pushed you out. You may have quit, but that work environment was hostile to your educational goals and self-improvement. I wonder how corporate would feel about your situation...? I would recommend you communicate your experience to McDonald's corporate. (Send a PM if you would like some help putting together something to send to corporate.)
  3. Not speaking for the OP, but for me, it's not a passive wish; it's just that if it happened, I wouldn't mind.
  4. I absolutely relate! I couldn't put it into words before... Thank you!
  5. While it's not something that happened to me, it has to do with dating and meds. Probably 20 years ago, maybe more, my mother was seeing a man for a few years. I met him a couple of times (we live on opposite coasts) and he was a nice guy, affable. Then, she suddenly wasn't seeing him anymore. I really don't have the type of relationship with my mother where I would normally ask, but I inquired as to why she was no longer with him. She replied something along the lines, "Oh, he takes pills for depression." At the time, I thought it was really, really strange for my mother to be so intolerant. Well, fast forward several years to my own fall into depression, mania, depression, mania... my mother's words rang in my head as the quacks began pushing the meds. That stigma, and the stigma in general, influenced my resistance to medication and kept me from getting the help I needed for a long time.
  6. Questions Thread

    When I feel tired, but it usually winds up being right around 10:30. (Give or receive) Flowers or candy?
  7. Did he see you taking meds in the morning? I'm not clear on how he knew, or was it just a guess?
  8. Never had an initial intake that was less than an hour. Med checks are 10-15 minutes. Seeing you for mere minutes, taking you off old meds and then giving you new meds, all without reading your records and history...? Definitely irresponsible, possibly a violation of your state's psychiatric guidelines. One of my previous quacks was given a public reprimand for, among other violations, "failing to obtain a complete diagnostic workup of [a] patient." http://4patientsafety.org/documents/Gies, Marjorie Sumner 2016-02-29.pdf There are certain guidelines physicians must follow. Try checking with your state's Medical Board: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Medicine/Pages/default.aspx Ask them about your state's guidelines for performing a complete mental health diagnostic workup of a patient.
  9. Questions Thread

    I see my previous post was deleted. Oh well... Not sure if you mean participate or spectate... I'll go with participate: Tennis. Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics?
  10. How do I find a doc??

    I hope this link works: https://gls.azmd.gov/glsuiteweb/clients/azbom/Public/Results.aspx Searched the Arizona Medical Board for licensees with psychiatric specialty in Maricopa County. You can also narrow it down further by city. Last time I had to search for a quack, that's how I started, then I look at the details for their office locations, then where they went to school, when they graduated, how long they have been practicing, stuff like that. Once narrowed down, start searching for reviews online. That should winnow it down some more. Start calling around, let them know you are looking for someone with experience/education that really focuses on bipolar - ask stuff like what kind of specialty education in bipolar they have, recent conferences/symposiums/etc. they have attended... Hopefully, you have a list that's under 5 or 6 now. Start setting up your interviews, not necessarily intake appointments; tell them you are looking for a new doctor, and you'd like to meet with the doctor for a little bit, maybe 20-30 minutes (inflexibility in this area is a pretty much a deal breaker for me) before deciding so you can see if there is a good fit (also lower cost than full intake, if you are paying out of pocket). Then set up your initial intake exam. Phew. It sucks. Had to do it maybe 7-8 years back, but writing it all down and following a step by step method brought the stress and confusion down to a manageable level.
  11. Driving on the freeway. Gulp

    Take your time. You do not have to drive fast or like a maniac (no pun intended) just because everyone else is. Leave with plenty of time, then you won't feel rushed during rush hour (Heh, I'm on a roll today!). Big tip: Get in one lane and stay there. Do not keep changing lanes thinking it will get you there faster. It won't. If you do happen to save a few minutes, the stress isn't worth it.
  12. Questions Thread

    Flying foxes. Would you vote for a giant douche or a turd sandwich?