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  1. The DSM-V has put the cat amongst the pigeons with its reclassification and renaming of conditions that we common folk thought we had a handle on. [Conspiracy theorists, this is your chance to shine: Do you think the the professionals did it all just so they can reinforce their standing as the only ones who claim to understand all this? Ahem.] For instance, those of us Aspies who discovered Aspergers Syndrome and finally understood why we were different from everyone else suddenly now learn from the DSM-V that there's no such thing. 🤔 The thing is, the actual conditions haven't changed, just the labels. I was diagnosed years ago, correctly, with Major Depressive Disorder with Dysthymia - Refractive, and I still have it. The shorthand for it is/was Double Depression. I've fought it for over 35 years. I find that it's becoming rather more helpful in talking with my pdoc to concentrate on the actual symptoms individually rather than try to keep up with the terms that glom them all together for differential diagnosis. I mean, what am I paying him for? Let him take the clues and solve the mystery. Notloki, something you might consider is to get a copy of the DSM-IV and check your symptoms against that, and see what your dx would be. It may be that more people are suffering the same brand of crazy as you, they just don't know it has a different name now.
  2. Insomnia confirmed. And maybe you should lay off the gym until you've recovered from the concussion...?
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    Anger Management fail

    Everyone - The nature of this particular board, The Confessional, is such that gripping fears, strong emotions, and reflexive rebuttal combine to make both contributors and readers more vulnerable than usual. The Moderating Team understands this dynamic, and its tendency to result in conflict. The actions and feelings herein "confessed" often generate a sympathy and desire to both help and validate a member's struggle with an eagerness proportional to the distress. Unfortunately, this eagerness and concern is sometimes misconstrued as overbearing. We Moderators are not immune to this, as we are members first, and may suffer in similar ways to a member posting. In the present case, it appears that some of the standard methods we Moderators use to both guide the direction of threads and challenge members to new perspectives on their struggle did not have the desired effect. As a result of the defensive reaction (not uncommon when a person posting is already predisposed to fear judgment) the actions and comments of our Moderators in this thread have been incorrectly characterized as having particular motivations. We are gratified that Antecedent was able to come to this conclusion independently. In a broader sense, though, we still feel we must address the particulars to alleviate any misunderstanding by the general reader. jt07 and Iguana(Gearhead) both suggested that Antecedent take the discussion to a blog - not in an attempt to silence or divert the discussion, but because many of our members have found our blogspace a very effective means of self-expression and self-therapy. Indeed, Antecedent commented on feeling better having written in the blog, afterward. The issue of unsolicited advice seems important here, and in need of clarification. Crazyboards is a peer-support forum. By definition and by inference, a person posting to the boards here should expect advice from peers, even here in The Confessional. A claim that a person did not ask for advice seems inconsistent with this interactive nature of the forum. Our blogspace, on the other hand, is intended for more freeform and open expression, and members have the ability to control whether comments (and the advice they may contain) are accepted at all. No Mod or Admin is going to insist that any member change a belief, habit, or treatment - we have neither that power nor that authority, and are first and foremost members here ourselves. If we err in seeming to be too emphatic, it is out of genuine concern for members' well-being... and because we're also human. (Well, some are. I don't think I'm entirely human, but have no proof.) Regardless, none of us is ever motivated to force any kind of change in a member, and we trust that an understanding of that basic truism may help prevent future misunderstanding. The last thing we want is for our members to come here and feel worse when they leave then when they arrive. Because, yes, we do know how much it hurts. We're just trying to help keep peace in the asylum. With this, we consider the matter closed. Cerberus For the Moderating Team
  4. Alien - I understand that you say that if you go to the hospital you will lose your job, but a job isn't going to be any use to you if you lose your life. Now, if you can channel that same concern the other way - "I can't kill myself because I would lose my job" - then that might actually be helpful. But allowing your job to get in the way of saving your life is not rational. There are other jobs, and if you're a temp, an agency might be able to help you return to employment quickly after you recover. You absolutely must be clear with your pdoc about what you're feeling. Use specifics. Your pdoc is only as good as the data you supply. And no more of this worrying about whether you're inconveniencing people. It's never convenient to be unwell - that's why we pay doctors.
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    Questions Thread

    Houseplants? I refer to them as “victims” because I have a black thumb. I have one, an indestructible tropical something. How many angels can you (personally) fit on the head of a pin?
  6. Cerberus

    Umm, bad ideas.

    Did you read the fine print accompanying the illustrations? Upon sighting a mountain lion [...] try to make yourself appear larger by opening wide your coat. Alternatively: Upon sighting a mountain lion, expose your vulnerable abdomen to attack by eviscerating claws. Do not swim or wade in areas alligators are known to inhabit (in Florida this can be anywhere). Alternatively: Do not swim or wade in Florida. Do not dangle arms and legs from boats, and avoid throwing unused bait or fish from a boat or dock. Alternatively: Do not be or scatter alligator bait from boats or docks.
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    whatever the weather

    Two days ago at Gale Crater on Mars, the high was 20°F, and the low was -99°F. So if you step outside right now, the wind chill is probably the equivalent of a late summer afternoon on Mars. But it was hotter there, on the equator, than some places in the U.S. I am now going to burrow under layers of covers with the cat, and contemplate where I stored the electric blanket.
  8. Be sure to make a good hard fist before your arm is tied off - this often helps the vessels become more pronounced. If you combine it with a squinty eye, it might also suggest that you’re not to be trifled with...
  9. Last Wednesday I went for my bloodwork, and the lab tech stuck me three times before giving up and trying another location. He seemed far more embarrassed than annoyed. I think that when you phlobotomize people all day, every day, eventually it's not the first thing that pops into your head when you imagine striking out at someone. Go back again, and give it the benefit of the doubt. If it happens again, be clear that the procedure was painful. If you get anything but an apology, find the administrator pronto.
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    Memes that make you go hmm 🤔

    Memes that make you go... OBJECTION! Smokey the Bear is a symbol of the USDA Forest Service (Department of Agriculture) and the NPS Arrowhead is an official symbol of the US National Park Service (Department of the Interior). Whoever cobbled up that meme attempted to cover his or her ass by renaming the bear "Wokey" - read the hat - but missed the belt, so its use is a double violation of federal regulations, for misusing an official federal agency symbol, and for altering said symbol. The person didn't even bother trying to change the NPS Arrowhead. I should know; I am something of an expert on the logo, as I used the damn thing almost daily for 24 years in my official government capacity before I retired, and that meme is definitely a violation of federal regulation. But worse that either of those, the fact that the person just assumed that he or she could speak out of the mouths of everyone in both of our agencies while clearly understanding nothing about us pisses me the fuck off, even if I happen to agree with the sentiment. Gears, I have told you much of this already, so I can see a remote potential for having placed this just for the amusement of watching me go all Krakatoa...
  11. Lisa - I'm afraid I don't have any experience with Lamictal, but I do have a question: Did you see a breakdown of your elevated white blood cell count in terms of the types of white blood cells present? It makes me wonder if it would actually help people who are immunocompromised and don't have enough of certain white blood cells.
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    I'm not really new...

    OPIE! Huzzah! How good to see you! (Well, I'm sorry you're not feeling so well, but I'm selfishly elated.)
  13. There are several genera of mushrooms that contain the active psychoactive substances psilocybin or psilocin. Although some recent research has been conducted regarding the potential for use of these substances in treating compulsive disorders and other intractable mental illnesses, at this time hallucinogenic mushrooms and their derivatives remain Schedule I substances pursuant to United Nations protocols, and at present there are no medical indications for psilocybin or psilocin. If you wish to discuss recent or ongoing studies relevant to this - with citations - we will entertain a thread on that. This thread, however, must be closed. Cerberus Moderator
  14. LFA - The "trigger warning feature" line refers to "Dead Ed" - - the skull-and-crossbones emoji, which on this site is universally accepted as a Trigger Warning. Most members usually preface a potentially triggering post with something like this: ------------- - WARNING - May be triggery - I floss with hair from my deceased afghan hound. ------------- Well, that would likely trigger me, anyway. With regard to the status updates, when you click your mini-avatar next to your username at the upper right corner, the screen that follows should give you tabs beginning with "Activity". The first Item under activity is a field saying "Write a public message on your own feed". Whatever you type in that field becomes your current status update. If you have any other problems, please don't hesitate to contact any Moderator or Administrator directly. Cerberus Moderator
  15. Chief, in the standard post dialog, in the bottom bar where you have a choice to include images, the button at right that says "Insert other media" gives the option to "Insert image from URL". This used to work, but now just spins. I have not tested the "Insert existing attachment" option. The option on the left to choose files for upload from the local machine appears to still work fine.