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  1. Mcdonalds Is Still Cheap,

    Burgerville is where it's at. Rosemary shoestring fries? *dies*
  2. Halloween Decorations.

    I find it interesting that everyone automatically guns for it being racially offensive. What about individuals who had a family member or close friend who committed suicide via hanging? I am not personally offended by it, but I can easily see how it might be triggering in that regard.
  3. What Would You Do?

    Absolutely report it the receptionist. As someone working in healthcare they are considered a mandatory abuse reporter if you are not.
  4. "affluenza" Defense

    To be succinct: I think "affluenza" is a crock of bull and this entire case is a disservice to the field of mental health and our efforts toward improving mental health services in the forensics setting.
  5. Anyone Can Become Mentally Ill

    Without significantly more information, it's impossible to say why this individual committed the crime. For all we know, this person endured years of physical/mental/sexual abuse with no one knowing about it, which is sadly occurs much more often than we like to think. People are exceptionally adept at hiding signs of abuse. Does that excuse the murders? Absolutely not, but it will be interesting to know his history and if there are any medical causes. He is also at the typical age of onset of schizophrenia for males. Also, out of curiosity, what exactly does everyone think the criteria are for a mental health diagnosis? Between this thread and the Everyone is Mentally Ill thread, there appears to be quite a bit of misinformation out there. Regardless of all the criteria for specific disorders, the key component is that the symptoms must cause clinically significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. Most people do have traits of mental illnesses, everyone experiences anxiety of some sort; however, that does not mean that everyone meets the full criteria for an anxiety disorder. This confusion is especially evident in personality disorders, everyone believes they know someone with a personality disorder, but it's more than likely that the person exhibit traits, without a fullblown disorder. Additionally, before a diagnosis can be made, medical causes for the symptoms must be ruled out first. For example, if someone is exhibiting symptoms of depression, but are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and the depressive symptoms were not evident before the symptoms of hypothyroidism, a depressive disorder diagnosis would not be made. Number one: ANYONE can obtain drugs, regardless of whether or not they have a college education. Heck, regardless of whether or not they have a high school, or even a middle school education. However, if you are inferring that someone with a bachelor's degree in psychology can prescribe psychopharmaceuticals, then Nick is mostly correct. Even psychologists, who go through ~5 years of schooling to obtain their doctorate degree, do not have prescription privileges, with the exceptions of two states that have passed the RxP. And even in those states, a psychologist must be licensed, have done a post-doc, have practiced for at least 5 years, AND have a Masters degree in psychopharmocology in addition to their doctoral degree. And they are only permitted to prescribe psychopharmaceuticals, not any other type of medication. Number two: Why is it strange that the use of antidepressants is increasing worldwide? With continued research, medications become more refined, effective, and more importantly, affordable and accessible. Antidepressants are no exception. This can be clearly seen with anti-psychotics as well. The second generation, aka atypical, antipsychotics are still extremely cost-prohibitive, despite their increased effectiveness when compared to first generation anti-psychotics, such as haloperidol, and can cost literally thousands per month.
  6. Everyone Is Mentally Ill

    So enlighten me. Why exactly do people commit suicide? Or self-mutilate? Why do some people have debilitating responses to life threatening situations and others do not? Did you just seriously invalidate all of the soldiers coming home with PTSD? All of the women who have been brutally victimized by rape and domestic violence? All the children who have undergone organ transplants and now have severe trauma due to the medical interventions that saved their lives? Has it EVER occurred to you that there is an ENTIRELY other side of psychology? Like maybe those who are psychologists? Who utilize EVIDENCE BASED THERAPIES to treat their clients? Many of whom offer their services on a sliding scale, or even pro bono, to those who cannot afford care? Or those who work in community mental health who barely make enough to cover their own costs of living in order to provide mental healthcare in an industry that tirelessly works against their funding needs? But yet they cry foul when a shooter lets loose on an unsuspecting town? Please explain to me how the pharmaceutical companies are scamming through the psychologists in order to make money. I'm not even going to touch psychiatric end of that, as I doubt you'd understand the very real need for anti-psychotics and antidepressants for people to even function on a minimal level. Do you even understand that early intervention with anti-psychotics PREVENT further brain damage for people with schizophrenia? That the later the intervention occurs, the lower their chances are of ever returning to their functioning level before their decompensation? Have you ever even MET someone with severe schizophrenia, and THEN observed them without their medications? And as for "everyone" having mental illnesses, take a minute to look at prevalence rates and then try to tell me that "everyone" has a mental illness. For crying out loud, the prevalence rate for depression, one of the most commonly recognized mental disorders, is 7% in a 12 month period. ADHD: 5%.
  7. Mentally Handicapped Having Children

    *Intellectually disabled.
  8. As someone who has worked in a vivarium with labs dealing with cancer, neurology, drug, cardiac, etc. research, the majority of money is certainly NOT spent on advertising.
  9. No Vet

    It's a basic filter, with reliable properties that indicate that it's a decent predictor for a quality home that a shelter is seeking. If not using a veterinarian reference, which is a subjective reference from a qualified professional, what, exactly, are shelters supposed to use to filter through homes to ensure a good match? Home checks are going so far - they don't actually speak to the care the dog itself will receive and personal references are pretty much useless. Also, by not spaying females, you are running the risk of pyometra, a serious, and life-threatening infection that has killed two dogs that I know of personally. Sorry, but I'm not running that kind of risk.
  10. New Year's Weight Loss Support Group?

    You look fabulous PW!!! Seriously, the difference is fantastic! I've been MIA and managed to hit my weight loss goal this weekend. But in a totally unhealthy and thoroughly NOT RECOMMENDED way. Unforunately, due to a mishap with my prescription medications, I ran out of my RA medication this weekend. We had "snowpaclypse" here and I figured the delay was due to the weather because the website stated that they were processing my order. Turned out to be that my doctor prescribed my medications incorrectly ( 1 tab at bedtime instead of 3 tabs at bedtime) so it read as refill too soon. Took a day to get it all sorted out, but I have my meds now! However, going off my meds pretty much results in immediate withdrawal symptoms, for me these are primarily nausea, vomiting, and awful hotflashes and chills. FINALLY got my prescriptions corrected today, took them immediately in the waiting room for my B12 injection, and am looking forward to slowly feeling like a normal human being again. The amount of food I've eaten this weekend comes to a total of: 2 grapefruits, 1 Diet Peach Snapple, 1/2 can of chicken soup, and 3 slices of toast, most of which came back up anyway. In the world of silver linings, I lost 10 lbs this weekend, and now fit in a pair of jeans that I haven't fit in for 2 years now. I think I lost an equal amount of weight from sweating because of the hot flashes/chills I've felt absolutely disgusting and greasy for the past 5 days. So I guess now the goal now is to actually exercise and get toned and keep it off! Before (back in November): Today (and the jeans I fit back in again :) )
  11. Mentally "ill" And Guns

    First of all, there is no predictor in mental illness that can reliably predict the risk factor of gun violence in people with mental illnesses, beyond individuals who have already been adjudicated. Reducing gun risk at the level of purchasing is much like shutting the barn door after the horse is out. It definitely does work to drop the rates of gun related incidents, however the violence factor is already there, just because you've prevented the purchase of a gun, does not mean you have prevented an act of violence. I don't know how you could add to those restrictions without infringing on the rights of those people with mental illnesses. Not to mention the additional stigma it would add to individuals with mental illness, something that is already highly stigmatized and prevents people from seeking treatment as a result. Primary prevention is a key component. Assessing and treating the maladaptive behavior before it escalates will go a lot further than any laws that can be circumvented IMO. Of course, that involves increasing funding for our mental health programs, but that's never going to happen. A soapbox for another time. I do encourage everyone to take a look over the research being done in the mental health community regarding gun violence and mental illness Also this: just makes my head hurt. Take a look in the DSM 5 and look over the prevalence rates. If the majority of people had "SOME" sort of mental disorder, we would not be able to function as a society, as a key component to diagnosis is severe impairment to areas of functioning. Doctors love to diagnose patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but several of them would not actually qualify as having GAD, especially since psych diagnoses should not be made unless medical conditions that mimic the symptoms have been ruled out. (i.e. hyperthyroidism) Yes. We all experience anxiety, sometimes severe anxiety, but that does not qualify us to be diagnosed with GAD.
  12. How Has History Touched You?

    There was actually a documentary done about his regiment a few years after his death, this is the trailer to it. It was definitely an amazing and different time then!
  13. How Has History Touched You?

    My grandparents' first date occurred on 12/7/1941 and my grandfather had to navigate across the island to get to my grandmother as the bombs were falling on Pearl Harbor. He always like to joke that my grandmother played "hard to get." Because of the bombing, when my grandparents were married in 1942, they had only 10 guests and could not celebrate their traditional Japanese traditions due to the war, and had to marry in the traditional American way. During the war, they secretly housed a Japanese family of 6 to prevent them from being sent to the Japanese internment camps. On his 96th birthday, they (and the generations since) surprised him to thank him for saving their family. My great uncle passed away in 2006, at the age of 84. On Oct. 21st, he went to the hospital because he wasn't feeling well. The doctors found a lump which they planned to biopsy, but my great uncle passed quietly during the night after spending the day joking and laughing with the nurses. They discovered that he had had cancer that had metastisized throughout his body and into the bone. After his death, our family was surprised to find out that he had actually been a decorated war hero during WWII, the following is an excerpt from his eulogy: After returning from the war, he had married my great aunt, and settled down as a mason and was an avid orchid grower and won several competitions with his orchids. None of us had any idea about his history until his death. It was shocking and awe-inspiring,
  14. New Year's Weight Loss Support Group?

    Sorry! I went MIA over the past few days! Somehow got super busy with school and meetings and fun stuff like that. I totally fell off the wagon on Thursday (that's my long day at school) and binged on IHOP for dinner, but am still continuing to eat healthier which is surprisingly good for me! We went out to dinner with some of my husband's clients on Friday night and I had an amazingly delicious smoked gouda and apple sandwich, so I think we'll be doing more of those in our near future. :) Also went riding on Friday for an hour and am planning on going again tomorrow. I think I'm going to shoot for riding 2x a week and yoga 1x per week for right now and we'll see how it goes from there! Jumper, I love Jillian Michaels! I think mainly because she's kind of mean and I have a sadistic streak in me. Actually doing her work outs feels like an appropriate penance though haha. I've been doing her Yoga DVD through Amazon Prime for my yoga days :) Jonathon, that's awesome you zumba! I tried it a few times...I am far too uncoordinated for it, and I think I crashed into at least 5 people in one work out They were probably glad when I stopped showing up! I will add my picture next time I actually do something with my hair. Currently I look like a character in The Grudge between my hair and the black circles under my eyes!
  15. New Year's Weight Loss Support Group?

    If you ever feel like hiking and need a buddy let me know PW! But fair warning, I am incredibly slow due to hips and knees