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  1. I whole-heartedly agree with eldorado on this issue. And I understand this is a way to put the mentally ill in a place to be heard, and get attention it deserves. However, this is the WRONG kind of attention. I do not believe that negative attention is better than no attention, that just seems ludacris. We need an organization who stands UP for MI's, not just an organization who just speaks for us. There is a big difference. What Obama is proposing is to say "LOOK AMERICA! These people are Mentally Ill, and they NEED HELP!! They need help because if they don't get it they will kill us all!!". Granted that is a bit overdraumatized, but it's pretty much what that campaigne is about. And I definitely don't believe that any more people with mental illness will stand up for help, or get better help, when people think that the people getting help are dangerous and thats the only reason they ARE getting help. Because you know what?? I do not need help because I am dangerous, I need help because I am vulnerable. And to me, this campaigne is taking advantage of my vulnerability and using my mental illness against people to push a political agenda, which is stricter gun control.
  2. My Back Story: I am also gluten intolerant, and I have found qutiing caffeine, and actually soda completely has been a bih help on my health. At one point in time I was drinking about 40-60 Oz. of soda a DAY!! And Dark soda at that, which is sooooooooo fucking hard on my system. At one point when I was extremely ill (and doctors haven't figured me out yet), so I decided to quit cold turkey on caffeine. Until this year I was caffeine free for 3 years. And I felt great! My advice though, if you feel like I do on soda, is to get off of it and never go back. Not even to "cheat". Because once you start once more, and taste it again, you willl want more, and more. Until you find yourself once again addicted. Why do I say that? Well... I did the hard part, and quit ALL soda and drank nothing but water. 2 L of water a day, actually. After a while I felt great, but when I had a taste of soda I remembered how much I liked it. At first it was just Sprite, which is very low on calories per bottle and has no caffeine. But that one soda led to another, the almighty horrific dark sodas. I still stay away from caffeine because it makes me feel god aweful, but I now find myself addicted to root beer.
  3. Question: do you want to be with her? If so, I would indeed be careful however I would give her the benefit of the doubt at the same time. It might be that she didnt want to dissapoint you or make you think she was lazy or crazy. In that sense, yes it was still a mistake to lie because its never good to lie in a relationship, however she had some innocent intentions. Kind of like what bluechick said, an immaturity issue. But: do you not want to be with her? Is this just too much of an uncomfotable/redflag situation for you? Use it to move on. I think depending on how you feel about her, depends how how you want to treat this issue.
  4. OMFG!!!! That right there is my DH!! He has is socks on every second of the day, except during showers. He is one of those people who wear socks with crocs...in walmart. He always says his feet are cold! Even if it is hot outside like now (im in the dirty south it gets fucking hot!) he has the heat on through the floor vents in the car to "warm up his feet" on rides home. "DUDE!! Im dying in here!" What really irks me though is that he has his "day" socks and "night" socks. That way, he doesnt have to wash so many socks and he will always have a "clean" pair of socks for bed. He is OCD and cleanliness is key, and I am not being sarcastic he has OCD and CAPD. Which means, boy he had no idea what he was getting himself into when he married me
  5. Do you know an opinion of mine? Private sponsor, not the government. That way they will be able to make more money, considering the government can not legally take money for things like anti-stigma slogans/t shirts/stickers/other companies helping with those things. And believe it or not, that market spreads fast and wide. Has anybody NOT heard the slogan "keep calm and carry on"? As well, it would be much MUCH more believeable to me if someone who was dealing with MI or a caregiver/parent/teacher of MI rather than an actor who feels just so DAMN "intuned " with mentally ill people because he pretended like it once. As well, I have never...ever, ever heard a good and creative slogan from the government. No, seriously think about it. Just say no to MI? Really????
  6. Just say I actually believe that for a second, for arguments sake. What action can be done? Well... Considering the new healthcare bill, hospitals and doctors will be incredibly overworked and underpaid causing millions of mistakes/lives/sanity/physical or mental independance. That will sure help the mentally ill! We can make more hospitals, hire more doctors, and send more people to college to become doctors. Uh...who is paying for that? Me. At my minimum wage retail job while I support my autistic nephew. The government will compile lists of people with mental illness, anybody whos sees a mental health care provider and know exactly what we tell our doctors. That will definitely help MIs open up to their doctors. I know it would make it easier for me! Especially when I am paranoid. Gun laws aginst anyone with a mental illness will become even more strict, to the point where I (who is not violent or ever have been violent) wont be able to protect myself from the REAL crazies like rapists and murderers. That just makes me feel soooo much safer as a person with MI! Im sure glade people know more about stigma. People with MI in the military will have to feel even MORE SILENCED than they already are. and god knows they feel silenced as it is, in fear of losing their credibility and their job. Because Obama knows gun violence is caused by MI! I mean it is logical, why would I give a guy a gun and PAY him to use it if he is a batshit-crazy-psychopathic-lunatic-murderer who hates children?? You know because of his anxiety in the civillian world because he is so used to being a mudpuppy overseas saving america. God forbid. That article is almost comical. Do you realize what that article is about? It is about letting people know that is okay to get help. Because if they dont get help they will turn into violent murderers. Agenda. Most of that article is about the massive shootings in America, and how those people suffered a mental illness. So if you have a mental illness then you need help, because you could turn into a violent child killer. Warms my heart, that Mr "Barry" Obama wants to push an end to MI stigma. Sounds like a hipocrit.
  7. I am not a parent, more so in the sense I do not have my own offspring, and no legal custody. However, I am the main support system of my soon-to-be 2 year old nephew Chunka, both financially and supportively. Chunka has sensory and major hyperactivity problems that are still being recorded and sifted out to either be diagnosed or just "let be" depending on what is going on. Chunka is a lot like his Nani (me) at his age. I was on spdbloggernetwork.com looking through blogs, and I found this titled "AN ALTERNATIVE SPD LEXICON". I read on, and oh how it related to me. And giggle a bit. And I have been reading here that a lot of people have children on the spectrum, like my Chunka, and I wanted to share this with you.
  8. That is hilarious! And it got me looking at billboards, and I found this... The #1 most FUNNY, *ehem* I mean offensive billboard in the US: Source: (via http://www.thisblogrules.com/2010/06/10-most-controversial-billboard-ads-in-usa.html)
  9. december_brigette, on 03 Jun 2013 - 10:02 AM, said: Children's shoes are too expensive especially when they need to start wearing shoes around 2 or 3. But I don't have the balls to steal them. They certainly can be, for the popular brands anyway. We have a large toddler selection at the store, from Nikes ($30) to Payless brands (from $12 to $19). And I have never seen a kid shoe at the store for more than $40 (including Sperry and Nike). Granted, buying a $30 or $40 pair of shoes for a fastly growing child seems a little rediculous. But the thing is, the parents who are seen stealing these kids shoes are buying $80 shoes for themselves. Which makes me question? And thank you cheese I'm glad you can relate. It seems like many people here relate, which is amazingly supportive. But I do wonder... Considering I have worked Customer Service for many years (retail, waitressing & bartending) I see how people act and whine to get what they think what they "deserve", and how they succum to characteristics of a valueless child I would never, ever act like that at a store/restaurant/bar. If they could do my job for a week...oh my! I wonder if people would learn some respect and understanding.
  10. "you seem so sad ace, i want to cuddlefuck hard :(" i want to cuddlefuck hard too! with a bottle of melatonin.

    1. Ace


      awake 21hrs and counting...

    2. december_brigette


      Do you have the time to sleep? BTDT and it sucks. I've never taken melatonin. I do take benedryl. It will poop out a few days/weeks. Use it when you need it. Wishes for delightful dreams.

    3. Ace


      i can not stand benadryl @december_brigette. It does not help me sleep no matter how much i take or how or when i take it. however, when i do take it and i finalllyy get to sleep i sleep like sh*t and when i wake up in the mornings i am very confused. like i am in between dream & reality :-/

  11. Ace

    Boss, son.

  12. I understand your frustration, I think we all have been through something similar. I know I have! The thing is though, stims just may not be the answer for you. I went through something similiar like I explained, however when I got my BP under control and was actually able to take stimulants without fear I learned that stimulants actually do little to nil for me. Instead I take non-abrasive like Straterra or Vyvanse. And even then, I was more happy with doing some of the life-changes and coping skills CR describes in her post. Because in actuality, that is what helped me. I'm not saying dont take stims, or they suck. Because they do help a lot of people. And if you are in the situation like I was, where you have another disorder to also look out for, sometimes stims are not the correct option at the time. But luckily there are alternatives like mentioned by CR. They are extremely hard alternatives that take a great amount of time, effort and hard work. But in the end, at the time it may be best if you and/or your doctors think at the moment ADHD meds are a little too risky. The positive side about this med quarrel? Well, when I was in that spot I had no other choice but to do alternatives. But when I was able to take meds, and I found the right one, I also had the skills and practice of coping alternatively where my ADHD symptoms are much, much more manageable these days.
  13. Good! Some people think I'm crazy (well, I am but not in that regard). I'm kind of an extrovert these days, whether it be the BP or the insomnia or the medless veins I have or even the drugs I did when I was younger, IDFK why I am I just am. And yeah, considering I was an introvert for sooo long I have that asshole-sarcasm-attitude sometimes when people bother me. But, when people like that Ret. Marine talk to me like that it just makes me believe in people. Like maybe, there is hope for us yet. Somewhere in the big scheme of things (and I dont just mean pollution rofl).
  14. Last week at work was a doozy, even at a short week. At one point I had a "that's it" moment, "im done". I was so upset about a customer, I actually said to my manager "I honestly don't get paid for this shit, minimum wage just isnt worth half of..." and she said "well, customer service jobs are paid so little because it doesnt require skill". Say WTF?? But I seriously, wholeheartedly wonder, if that is true then why in the hell do people suck at it? If customer servicce jobs are sooooo fucking easy then why cant people (in general) do it well? However, like you said Josie, its that one person out of tens (maybe hundreds depending on the month) that make me go "wow!" and restore my faith in humanity. Where I live there is an Army base and it also has a lot of Veterans. And some of the people I talk to just blow my mind, and in a good way! They make me feel good about not only my customer service, but my skills as a human being. I had one customer months ago, who was so upset at SOMETHING related to his crying grandson, literally told me how "with (my) hair color, and piercings and tattoos...it's suprising that anybody would ever want to marry (me)". And I was shocked, utterly and completely. I was to the point of tears and had to walk away. However, a few weeks later I had an older gentleman, who was a Ret. MSgt of the USMC and was a Drill instructor most of his life, and he talked to me like he knew me my entire life and like I was like his granddaughter. All I did was conversate with this man, and answer questions he had about something he was buying, and he told me that "with my confidence, and with my personality, and with how smart I seemed he knew I would get as far as he did in life". Which means absoulte world to me, considering where I am in my life right now and how I am questioning not only my decisions but my sanity, really. Those people make a difference in my world, and in a way I made a difference in his because he told me I was the only person who talked to him like a normal human being in the past few months because he was diagnosed with cancer. And that, not only makes my day but it makes what I do (how small that actually is) well worth the trouble. Granted, the fact we have grown people (usually officers's wives of the Army), steal childrens shoes (of all things) is extremely disheartening and unbelievable. And with that, I say I dont have any hope for people, but I do. I haven't lost it *completely*. Not yet, anyway. Especially after all the replies I recieved here. I appreciate the words of encouragement and Ive taken it all in. And I really so feel better. Thanks all <3 Charlie
  15. I'm not sure your exact situations, or everything you have been through Emet, but I understand where you are coming from. My symptoms are not, nor have been as bedwritten as yours. However, I spent a very very long time figureing out my health. At one point in time I was actually convinced I had a deadly disease, like cancer because I was soooo tired, so anxious, so much in severe physical pain (joints, muscles, stomach, heart, lungs, head). Throughout my childhood I was tested for diseases, starting with MS when I was 2 (tested again when I was 16). It wasn't until this year I was tested positive for an Autoimmune Disease. The issue with ADs is that they are sooooooo fucking hard to diagnose. Usually, if your system is not being currently attacked at the time of the blood samples, a workup will be negative. And by the time I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I was tested for over 45 major disorders, including Lupus and MS. Shits crazy, man. And I know how difficult life can be somtimes with an illness like that, and I know the diagnostic process can be seriously horribly fucked up. But I completely admire you moving on, and keeping on. And as a real soldier would say (well, US Marine actually) "adapt and overcome". I live my life in that regards, and It's good seeing other people do the same. <3 Charlie
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