Whoa, hold up there a minute. If you’re cutting your wrists after your boyfriend broke up with you again, THAT’S STILL SELF HARM. I don’t see how it suddenly isn’t just because you don’t approve of their reasons. Any attempts at injuring yourself is self harm even if you do it once. And it’s still really bad no matter how often it happens.
Bulimia IS making yourself puke AT ALL. It’s not normal to make yourself puke EVER. Chronic Bulimia is where you do it often. Plenty of bulimics don’t puke after every meal. You only have to force yourself to puke three times a week to be diagnosed. Edit: Some bulimics do not puke at all! The only rule for diagnosis is PURGING. Purging also is done through laxatives and does not always include self-induced vomiting. To be Bulimia, though, it has to be paired with binge eating.
Insomnia IS ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH SLEEPING. "Transient insomnia lasts for less than a week. It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, severe depression, or by stress." So when you’re stressed about a test and can’t get into a deep enough state of sleep or stay asleep, that is insomnia. Chronic Insomnia isn’t not sleeping for two nights but insomnia can be.
Schizophrenia is not seeing things when you’re high, but getting high too often can cause schizophrenia.
Someone who complains about a sudden switch when they’re depressed might really have MPD. Switches are often triggered as emotional responses to certain situations. No two people’s MPD behaves the same; patients display huge differences in number of “alters”, methods of switching between them and frequency of those switches.
Depression is ANY period of deep emotional low. “Depressed mood is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder.”CLINICAL DEPRESSION is the disease that causes a person to feel depressed with no known cause, though it can be linked to events in the patients life.
When someone complains about anxiety before a test it is not actually anxiety. But if their stress manifest as, say, that worry triggering you to worry about ridiculous situations such as leaving the car door open when you never would or having forgotten to turn off the stove, it is anxiety. No matter how often it happens. Anxiety is an EMOTIONAL STATE of worrying intensely about things unlikely to happen. When it becomes a psychological problem, it’s called General Anxiety Disorder. People can be Anxious and not have a disorder at all. It’s an emotion.
Check your facts before trying to control how people label their emotions. There are some good points here, but some of these are just awful or misinformed. Like how in the world is that self injury example NOT self injury?
I’m all for women’s rights and stuff but like some people take it too far idk like obviously there are things that we need to work on as a society and there’s a whole lot wrong with societies views of women and the way we are expected to act but like a 12 year old girl was shot in the face for trying to go to school in Afghanistan?? idk in America we have it pretty good I guess I feel like a lot of the time ppl are just looking for something to complain about
I would like to show you how ass-ignorant you are right now.
Remember when a 7 year old girl IN AMERICA WAS LIT ON FIRE AND SHOT BY THE POLICE FOR EXISTING???
Remember when Joe Arpaio is too busy forcing women to give birth in CHAINS to even both to investigate OVER 400 RAPES in his jurisdiction?
Or when the Scott sisters received life sentences for stealing $11 as teens?
Or when Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot from a gun she legally owned at her abuser who was threatening to kill her, 9 days after giving birth?
Or when CeCe McDonald was put into prison for DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST A NEO-NAZI TRYING TO KILL HER?
BUT YEAH WOMEN IN AMERICA HAVE IT PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT?
SHUT UP WITH YOU WHITE SAVIOR BULLSHIT AND CLEAN UP YOUR OWN FUCKING HOUSE BEFORE YOU START FUCKING AROUND IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES.
Privilege is one hell of a drug.
The largest drug cartel in the world…
it’s amazing how people could mentally cure their disorders but it’s just so much easier to take a pill and put zero self power into it
Normally, I wouldn’t bother responding to this bullshit, but I’m in a pissed off mood tonight, so you two assholes are gonna learn something:
MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN WILL AWAY, YOU FUCKING DENSE ASSHOLES. Mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances/problems in synapse connections in the brain. YOU CANNOT WILL AWAY A PHYSICAL PROBLEM. And no, just because it’s a problem in the brain, it doesn’t mean it’s just mental. Mental illnesses are, in the end, a physical problem. They are concrete. They can be studied, in real time, in MRIs and whatnot, and cannot just be “thought” away.
You think that it’s so fucking easy? Well then please, tell me how the FUCK I’m supposed to “mentally cure” my fucking hallucinations! PLEASE TELL ME how the hell I’m supposed to “mentally cure” my fucking anxiety disorder, my bipolar disorder, my symptoms of PTSD, all the fucking problems I have! Seriously, if you have some magical fucking “mental cure”, I’d love to fucking hear it, because right now? I’m in fucking HELL because I can’t take medication.
I’m pregnant, which is only exacerbating the situation, and my life. Is. A living. Fucking. HELL. I can’t sleep when it’s dark out unless I’m either exhausted or I take a benadryl, which is the strongest sleep aid my midwife is comfortable with me taking. The reason for this? I can’t sleep with a light on, and when I turn my lights out, I see things, what I’ve come to call shadow people.
I’m afraid to be around people, because my manic and depressive states have become much more pronounced, and I don’t know who or what is going to trigger an episode. I’m even scared to be around my mother and father, because everything’s 10 times worse.
I can’t go out in public, because I get fucking uncontrollably freaked out, and end up so stressed I feel like I’m going to pass out.
And ALL OF THIS is DIRECTLY RELATED TO MY MI PROBLEMS. If I could “mentally cure” my fucking issues, don’t you think I’d have done it by now? Don’t you think that, after 14 fucking YEARS of being miserable, both on and off meds, I’d have fucking fixed it myself?! Let me answer that: YES, IF IT WAS POSSIBLE TO “CURE” MY MENTAL ILLNESSES, I WOULD’VE. BUT IT ISN’T, YOU DENSE FUCKS.
So take your pseudo-scientific bullshit, your fucking ignorant ass opinons, and shove them right up your asses, because you don’t know FUCK ALL. Assholes like YOU are why it’s hard for people to get the medication they need. Attitudes like YOURS are the reason that it’s so fucking hard to get help. Because people think “Oh, well, if it’s a mental problem, you should just be able to will it away!”
Go fuck yourself with a goddamned acid-covered cactus, you ignorant motherfuckers. FUCK. YOU.
myjournymythoughts speaks the truth.
myjourneymythoughts, I want to hug you.
just-drop-it-in, you really should go fuck yourself with an acid-covered cactus.
Ok this is super random… seeing as I made the posts about Alex in May. I guess you searched the ‘Alex Hollis’ tag for some reason? Okaaay then…
Now, let me clear up a few things.
//Alex Hollis is a beautiful, intelligent person.//
Sure, objectively. Is she well-read and good at English? Yes. But when she said to me “you have too much FAITH in science”, I did roll my eyes quite a bit.
//Her article was an opinion piece in which she is entitled to her opinion//
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I never said she wasn’t. And I’M entitled to my opinion that her article was flawed and ignorant.
//I assure you that this A+ student who has already been asked to continue to Masters by the university //
Ok, great. Don’t see how that is relevant though.
//simply pointing out pros and cons of a facet in society//
No it wasn’t. It was not at all a balanced argument, it was completely biased and whingey.
//In no way did she ever explicitly mention you so you have no need to be offended//
Hahaha ok. Let me ask you: if you read an article which was basically all about you, but never mentioned your name, but you still knew for certain it was about you (and it wasn’t a flattering or accurate article either) would you be magically not offended? Because it didn’t have your name in it? I assure you, the article was definitely about me, and full of rude and exaggerating (lying) statements about me. I have every right to be pissed off about that.
NOW, in case you didn’t see it, let me link to you the piece-by-piece debunking my partner and I did of this oh-so-wonderful-A+ piece of writing by the Masters student. I stand by my point, personal feelings about Alex completely aside, that the article was extremely poor, and I would say the same thing even if I didn’t know the author.
On a personal note, I owe Alex NOTHING, so your schmoozing about how great she is doesn’t affect me whatsoever. I knew her for five years and she was snobby and rude to me and my friends for the entire duration of the time. I am no longer facebook friends with her, or in contact with her, and I really don’t care to change that. It’s great that you seem to adore her, but she obviously treated you better than she did me.
(Oh man this answer is full of way more sass than I intended, oops) Everyone should read my debunking of the anti-atheism argument coz it is super long and awesome. :D
EDIT: my partner just pointed out that you are using the logical fallacy APPEAL TO AUTHORITY.
"In the age of information, ignorance is a choice."
- on tumblr: guys we need to have a serious discussion about the erasure of nonbinary trans* people
- in real life: ok, I guess I have to explain to my entire class how "feminist" is not an insult
It took me almost a decade of blogging to realize this.
It’s like, my sister used to actually argue with/try to convince her two year old to take a bath. And I would just walk over and stick him in the tub, and he was fine. I didn’t get it; like, why is that even a discussion? Like, maybe some people have time for that shit but c’mon, real folks got bills to pay and shit to do.
And that’s the problem, when you try being nice or trying to convince them of anything, it’s detrimental to everyone because it makes them think their point of view is actually a valid opinion worthy of debate.
Nawwww. That is why I keep my “tone” (lol) consistently punitive and corrective. It’s a wake up slap that hopefully invokes feelings of shame and guilt, which is what a human being is supposed to feel when they’ve done something wrong. And, they don’t like it. They’re not supposed to like it. Why the fuck should they?
Also relevant: maybe that’s why so many racists act like a two year old with a shitty, rashy ass.
It took me almost a decade of blogging to realize this.
Goes for every form of oppression. Your humanity is not a debate. Learn when to recognized when someone is a lost cause. Back up and carry on with your existence. Let them wallow in their ignorance until they fucking drown in it.
My partner and I collaborated on a reply to this article, and if you scroll down, ours is the eleventh (and final) comment, under the name ‘Josh’. However, I will post our reply out in full here, because it took quite some time, and as it took the page moderators so long to post it, we are doubtful anyone will actually see it.
Wooooweee. Yet another religious sympathizer who perfects the art of not knowing what she’s talking about.
“While it is not true that all atheists are the equivalents of bible-bashers, foisting great works of anti-religious writing on any person who is even vaguely querulous about unbelief, we have to realise that some of them are, and that this is damaging to our community.”
-Please explain how the only ones who are brave enough to stand up to plain-in-your-face b*******, are damaging. Do you not like having your comfortable beliefs probed? Would you complain if this were politics? I think not. You don’t take that probing personally. And the same should be done here. Belief in god(s), ghosts, UFOs, Noah’s Ark, creationism, and any other quasi-supernatural rubbish should be ACTIVELY probed, questioned, and hotly debated. Especially when there is NO scientific evidence for any of them! This is the kind of stuff that should have died off years ago. Unfortunately, believing emotionally, instead of thinking critically, is still the path most people take. This is partly due to the fact critical thinking isn’t taught in schools, yet religious activities are. Critical thinking is something we really need to work on as a society.
“But while we denounce these people when the viewpoint is religious, we seem to do nothing when they’re promoting atheism. Why is this?”
-REALLY? Have you heard of what people think of atheists in the US? Here is an example:http://digitaljournal.com/article/315425
As for New Zealand, you don’t get much coverage of atheism here, so I think most people don’t know about what it is or just don’t care. If it’s not being denounced, it’s probably because of that reason. Or because people can see it actually makes sense.
“Perhaps it’s the way that atheism is presented. It implies that we live in a completely secular society, that disbelief is the base setting for most people, and that anyone following religion is a deviation from the norm. And because atheism is closely tied with scientific advancement and experimentation, it promotes itself as the rational, scientific view of the universe.”
-All atheism is, (If you had actually looked this up) is the lack of belief in a god or god(s). That’s all it is. That’s all it means. It has no doctrine, and it isn’t even technically a position. You don’t call yourself a Non-Santa believer now do you? Right. The term ‘atheist” or “atheism” was coined as a reaction to the large amount of believers. Now falling under the term atheism, are two categories: http://religiouscartoons.net/albums/userpics/grid.png
(You can see them on the left)
Those two positions are: The Weak Atheist – lacks a belief in god or gods, and acknowledges that it is presumptuous to say for sure that there is no god, although in the absence of any evidence, contends it is unlikely and not worthy of consideration. Also known as the “Agnostic” or the “Agnostic-Atheist”. 99% of most atheists are the “weak” variety, even though most theists’ idea of atheism is something different.
And the Strong Atheist – believes that there is no God; some argue this position, which is uncommon among atheists, as it is as equally presumptuous as claiming there is a god (It is accepted that it’s virtually impossible to prove a negative, that something does not exist)
“[Atheism] implies that we live in a completely secular society.”
No it doesn’t. Atheism has no doctrine. Atheism does not imply that disbelief is the base setting for most people. It has NO doctrine. Though atheism is the end result of scepticism, which is tied closely to science, atheism itself has no say on the matter. Again, all an atheist is, and all atheists are, are people who doesn’t believe in a god. That’s it. Some vary on whether they can know or cannot know for sure that a god can or cannot exist, but that is ALL.
“Any religious person is immediately un- intellectual and ill-informed. Faith is the last refuge of the idiot, they say.”
-Statistically, if you’re an atheist, you’re more likely to be intelligent. (http://hazweb.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=religion&action=display&thread=35468) But putting aside that, I think you will find most atheists just feel that religious people are massively misinformed, and/or just plain indoctrinated (without any critical comparison against their closely held beliefs) from a young age. This is often true, as you tend to be religious if your parents are. But I think you will find there are some highly intelligent religious believers, Francis Collins, who was head of the Human Genome Project, is a good example.
The majority of our friends and families are religious, and you’d be hard pressed to find a single atheist who thinks that all believers are automatically un-intellectual. This is a far-fetched claim and a strawman argument.
“Which is my main problem with atheism; its inherent hypocrisy. Because, for all the espousing about lack of faith, atheism is a faith-based position.”
-*facepalm*… I can see you’re getting the meanings of faith confused. There are two definitions:
1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. (I have faith my computer will turn on)
2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. (Religious Faith)
Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity.
Theists often assume atheism to be a “belief”. And therefore they claim that atheism is a belief system that also requires “faith” (to believe there is no god). This is an erroneous characterization. A “lack of belief” is not a “world view”; it presupposes no rules, doctrine or dogma. It’s merely a lack of belief in a god. Do you believe in the non-existence of Santa Claus? Would you call yourself an anti-tooth-fairyian? Is ones’ identity or world-view tied to what they don’t believe in? No. This can only be applied to a strong atheist, as they are proposing that there “is no god”, which can’t be proved. (so far) But the majority are not strong atheists.
Atheists often tend to be atheists because they trust science and evidence. They trust logic and rationality. They are often sceptics. You could call this trust “Faith” if you like, but it would NOT be the religious “faith”. Religious faith is the belief in a god or god(s) WITHOUT evidence. It is the answer people often give when they are probed or questioned about their beliefs. They hold it up the saying “you just gotta have faith” like a shield of gold, not realizing how bad their perfect “logic” is. If a man told you to jump off a cliff, saying you would live, would you believe him? Definitely not if he didn’t have any evidence. Probably not if he had some. But maybe you would if he proved completely that there was a safety mat at the bottom, and he would give you $50 bucks if you did. SOOO WHY, when it comes to the workings of the universe, and perhaps the meaning of life, do you fall for this utter crap? When there is nothing at all to back it up? These are some of life’s most important questions man! But when you fall for religion, you sell yourself so short. It’s a con-job. You could make as strong a case for god as you could with Santa Claus for Pete’s sake. Faith is NOT a virtue. It is the excuse people give when they feel emotionally threatened and intellectually lacking. (http://edmundstanding.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/atheism-is-not-a-belief-and-does-not-require-faith/)
“Faith is an act of looking into the infinity of the universe and devising from it some sort of pattern. Whether this is held in the workings of sub-atomic particles, an interventionist deity, or a combination of both, is irrelevant. It is an act of staying the realisation that we are small and insignificant and, quite frankly, stupid.”
- This is not faith. Please check definitions above.
“Both these acts are ways of attempting to remove doubt from the world. But doubt is precisely what we should be preaching at this time. ”
-One is attempting to find meaning from a 2000 year old Bronze Age book, and relate it to modern day life. Which often doesn’t work. This then results in cherry picking, which, ironically, goes against the text itself. But what the hell huh? Lack of logical thinking is so normal for Christianity. Oh, and did I mention that the Bible is a fairy tale? And none of it has been proven? In fact a lot of it had been disproven, Noah’s Ark, the global flood, Creation of the earth, Adam & Eve, and the story of Babel are all great examples. All religions are basically wishful thinking, emotionally based beliefs. With NO evidence involved. If you want learn about the world and the cosmos, using religion is the worst path you can choose. Science, logic, and rationality, however, have evolved to become the best tool humanity has for understanding the world around us. It relies on evidence, and it works. The reason your microwave works is because science has worked. The reason your car turns on is because science has worked. If I really need to explain this further, there is something wrong with you. You can look this up.
“Someone I once knew insisted on doing, attempting to, daily, “rationalise” believers in a Christian school. It encourages us to accept that faith is all very well and good but there are many opinions in the world, and yours might not be the correct one. Statistically speaking, it probably isn’t.”
-Good on her; might have been good to have listened. Must have been very brave to stand up to everyone. My hat goes out to her. Oh, and whoever has the most believers doesn’t mean they are correct. This is called “the argument from popularity” which is another logical fallacy.
Just because a majority of people believe something does not make it true. There was a time when everyone believed the Earth was flat, or that the Earth was the centre of the universe and everything revolved around it. As our understanding of science and the universe expands, it illuminates the irrationality of many early beliefs. We no longer believe that lightning is caused by the god Zeus waving his sceptre. We understand that there are reasons for earthquakes and weather events that have nothing to do with anything supernatural, even though in past times, people were convinced God was at the control panel actively making these things occur, and the weather could be controlled by making sacrificial offerings of humans or other creatures. All sorts of things were commonly accepted as reasonable and acceptable, such as slavery, which we now recognize were unreasonable and unacceptable. If history has taught us anything, it’s that just because a large group of people believe something is moral or truthful, does not make it so.
You seem to have this idea that atheists are fundamentalist in their views, that they are of the opinion that they could not POSSIBLY be wrong. Quite the contrary. Atheists will, to quote Tim Minchin, “spin on a f****** dime”; we will alter our viewpoints immediately. All we need is one thing: evidence. Atheists never claim to hold the absolute truth (unlike the majority of theists). All we have is a disbelief in gods, and we are waiting for the evidence. The burden of proof lies on those making extraordinary claims.
“But more than that, doubt saves us from being rude. I’m talking real, invasive rudeness, of the kind that is commonly called offence, as if the onus is on the offence-taker and not offence-giver to monitor language. Rudeness like I saw my friends encountering online. Far from being a petty thing, not accepting this is a marker that we live in a civilised society, where we tolerate differences of opinion and where we’re sufficiently grown-up to not throw tantrums at the fact that diversity of belief exists.”
-The only reason it seems you took offense was the fact you and your friends were not used to your beliefs being questioned. Unfortunately, other peoples’ opinions are something everyone must learn to deal with as they grow up. Writing a bitchy article about these people, at an event that happened almost a year ago, really shows I think, at how badly you seemed to have taken it. Next time, please try to bring some actual evidence for god, (which we are still patiently waiting on) instead of trying (miserably I might add) to attack atheism on various false premises, which you could have avoided if you had done some research first.
“If there is a God then, I am told, He wouldn’t want this intolerance.”
No, I don’t think he would. I also don’t think he would have wanted the Holocaust, the First World War, the Second World War, and the mindless killing that has gone on over the last few centuries. (But then again, considering the millions of people he killed in the Old Testament, maybe he’s totally ok with it.)
Surely, the creator of the ENTIRE universe, the ALL KNOWING, ALL LOVING, ALL POWERFUL GOD, would have done something to stop the madness. But he didn’t. As Epicurus puts it, “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Besides, “I am told” – you are told by whom? A Bronze Age book? Christian friends? If this god didn’t want this intolerance, he can let me know himself, or at least let his followers know in a provable way. Funny how he stopped performing miracles after video cameras were invented.
Oh, and you use the word “intolerance”. Homophobes are intolerant. Racists are intolerant. Misogynists are intolerant. ‘Militant’ atheists who do not believe in something without evidence and who actively question theists cannot come under the same label. Tolerance does not equal tolerating intolerance. The Bible is full of intolerance, but by not tolerating its intolerance, atheists are the intolerant ones?
“And if there isn’t, we’re going to die soon and for ever anyway, so why in His meaningless name are you wasting your time yelling about it?”
This is one of the most basic questions, and it really shows your lack of expertise on the matter if it is your closing rhetorical question. A simple internet search would answer this for you, but I’ll be kind and include some links to spare you the trouble:
I totally have to save this one for exactly the right occasion. :)
Stuff Healthy People Say To Sick People
Guys look what I found.
There’s probably a lot more people who can relate to this closer than I can, but it was definitely ringing some bells re my depression/anxiety. :( It’s just ignorance (and I don’t say that in a necessarily accusatory way). It can’t always be up to the ‘sick’ person to educate everyone: take some responsibility to learn more about ‘invisible illnesses’ or indeed anything that might be affecting someone you know.