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  1. Godzilla therapy... You are brilliant. I sincerely hope this idea catches on somehow. I'll spread the word, being sure to credit you of course!
  2. I have free access (well, paid by my tuition fees) to it through my university library subscriptions. I specifically went to the database "Psychiatry Online", which has a full-text digital copy of the DSM-5. I wish everyone had open access to academic materials (but I see all sides to that issue). I guess that's another topic for another day though.
  3. I just checked the DSM-5 and, yes, the specifier "with mixed features" can be noted along with a diagnosis of a major depressive episode or MDD, not just bipolar disorders. Here is a quote from the chapter "Depressive Disorders" -- Reference: American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013.
  4. It's not a small thing. Instead of being dismissive, just accept that fact. You made her feel uncomfortable, in a world which already severely limits the spaces where women are allowed to feel safe. You need to change your behaviour.
  5. My memory has worsened overall, and it's reduced my self esteem quite a lot. I've always had problems with my working memory, due to my ADHD and my learning disability. I managed to compensate fairly well though in some areas. Now, I can hardly ever hold more than one thought or "task" in my mind simultaneously. It's very challenging to do my kind of work with a poor working memory. I have to be even more careful when learning new sequences (steps of a task, for example), or else I may completely mess it up. I can't even begin to explain how much effort it takes to do some things. I have st
  6. Hi littlemisschatterbox! I'm going to move this to the Parenting board, cause I think you'll get more replies there. I hope some people can share their experiences with you.
  7. I've been on Effexor XR for about 3 years now. I didn't see any improvement in my mood until I had been on 300 mg for 3 weeks. I am still on 300 mg today. I find that Effexor works optimally for me if I have another med to "help" it. I took Effexor + Abilify for a couple years, which was pretty good for my mood (and psychotic symptoms). I stopped the Abilify due to side effects. Now, I take Effexor + Lamictal as my 2 main crazy meds. This combination seems to work pretty alright. I dunno. I'm currently going back to therapy to address my mood, which could usually be described as "blah," mi
  8. Thank you very much for all of your replies and links! And thank you for your concern about my kitty's health! Knuckles is 2.5 years old, just a young boy! He has always been this way, especially his obsession with knocking over glasses and his water dish. I keep an eye on his intake and output, and it looks healthy to me. My oldest cat was diagnosed with acute renal failure when he was 4 years old, and Knuckles isn't setting off any alarm bells like my old cat did at the time (my old cat lived to be 17). Knuckles is still extremely active, running and jumping everywhere, eating his usual
  9. One of my cats has issues with water, mostly to do with drinking it. It's not that he doesn't drink enough though. The problem is that he drinks whatever water he can find... Except the water in his dish. Here is Knuckles, he has a drinking problem: http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/10081-sleepy/ Additionally, we can't leave our drinks unattended for even a second, or else Knuckles will knock it over (and then walk away). He started knocking over his water dish too, so we got a heavier one. He's determined though, and now he drags his dish around the kitchen
  10. I can only imagine how awful that must have felt, to hear her say those things. You're doing your best though. Hopefully when she's older, she'll be able to reflect on that and understand more fully. I'll admit, I sometimes said those things to my mother when I was a kid. One time I naively told my dad he should get a better job. But it came from a place of frustration, and being unable to understand the situation. As I'm sure you know, kids don't have the life experience to make sense of the situation. And depending on their age, they likely don't even have the cognitive ability to see beyo
  11. I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. I've lived well below the (Canadian) poverty line for my entire life. Olga has excellent suggestions. My family still regularly uses food banks, and I agree that it's gross to get really old food. It depends on the food, but sometimes the expiry date is quite important. I've received half rotten heads of lettuce, moldy bread, and once I got strawberries with copious amounts of fuzzy mold. I know the food is free and all, but... C'mon...? I dunno. I find it insulting, quite frankly. It's not always that bad though. Another suggestion - Depending
  12. Awkward: My cat uses my blanket to masturbate... However, I googled this and apparently lots of cats indulge in personal lovin'.

    1. Parapluie


      The more you know! And possibly didn't want to know!

    2. Bad Haiku

      Bad Haiku

      My bengal does too, but he just lays there like a golden Jabba the Hutt and licks it while looking meaningfully at me. Usually while I'm pooping.

    3. MiaB


      The cat whose pic is in my avatar does that too... I'm relieved to hear that he's not a complete freak! (Never thought one of my cats would make me blush lol)

  13. Personally, I've never seen anal-expulsive as something to aim for. Chris BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! *immature*
  14. I mainly feel sympathy for Marney. However, I know how it is to deal with an incredibly anxious, controlling, and overbearing family member. At least, that's how she comes off to me. So, I sympathize with her family too. However, consider this: According to Google, 15 lbs of potatoes serves about 30 people, up to 35 people. If I was trying to organize a dinner for that many people, I'd probably go a bit nuts too. Also, I like my family and all, but I would never have 30 of them in one house. The very idea makes me anxious.
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