“Please. Do you realize this kind of behavior in people has been going on for much longer than these drugs you talk of have been available? Historically, signs of violence and/or mental disorder are documented as far back as written history will allow.
Quit being so narrow minded in your search for reasons. It doesn't do anyone any good.”
yankhadenuf on Jan 1, 2013 at 15:23:41
“Actually you are both right, there are mental illnesses and neurological disorders that have a propensity for violence and there are drugs (legal and illegal) that can lead to violence too (bath salts in the news lately) . What also needs to be addressed is, how to stop these mental illnesses and disorders from occurring in the first place. There are numerous environmental neurotoxic triggers that need to be cleaned up around pregnant mothers and infants while their brains are still developing. There are services and supports needed now for adults that have aged-out of the system. ALL of these factors need to be investigated and addressed, as soon as possible”
bejeweleddancer on Jan 1, 2013 at 13:19:19
“So it's okay for you to be so narrow minded as to say there's no link in our violent media filled culture, the drugged up middle class spoiled brats committing these crimes and the first person shooter games they're all addicted to? It's just violence as usual for someone of your narrow minded infliction?”
bejeweleddancer on Jan 1, 2013 at 12:57:28
“That was real cute, but all I did was offer a valid and publicly addressed reason why so many MORE people than ever are finding it hard to combat their violent urges. Violence may be as old as humanity itself but the level of violence in otherwise peaceful people alarming and growing. You are the narrow minded one trying to discount every reason why our society has become the drugged up, video game addicted, violent movie watching over fed, unread cesspit they used to only describe in dystopian films. Get over yourself and so some research before you go around trying to bully people into towing the corporate media's perspective. Good luck.”
“Good for you, Tracie! I also went off of my medication believing I could 'go the natural path' after reading comments like the one I replied to regarding the fish oil and exercise. It was a decision that almost killed me, I crashed so hard.
I think we all go through periods of wanting to go off meds. Society makes you feel like you are weak or looking for some easy way to deal with life. People don't understand unless they have lived it.”
“With all due respect, if someone truly has bipolar disorder, no amount of exercise and fish oil is going to make them better. As someone who exercises regularly and has tried all the supplements, I would be dead without my honest to god medications.”
Chip Gelser on Nov 18, 2012 at 08:11:04
“I have been Bipolar 1 for over 3 decades, and have tried many remedies, and many of them have failed, including over the counter nutrients, and spiritual healing remedies. Without an anti-psychotic I am cooked, I am psychotic. And I know many like me. Medication is the only way we can live, just as a diabetic needs insulin, or an epileptic needs an anti-convulsant. Those that have been exposed to this understand. There are many saints who care for us, the safety net.”
Tracie Ivey on Nov 17, 2012 at 23:07:17
“I agree wholeheartedly; I am still recovering from deciding to go off all my medications after three years of taking them as prescribed in order to do the more "natural" approach; supplements, exercise and rest. I'm now back on my medications and have had to accept the fact that even though I loath taking them, I can not function without my medication and will be on them the rest of my life.”
Oct 7, 2012 at 22:17:08
“Different strains of influenza virus exist and are carried by different species of animals. They can be passed from one species to another when the different strains interact with one another and pass DNA and/or RNA information on, making a mutated virus capable of infecting other species.
I am simplifying the process, however it's ridiculous to think that there aren't strains of influenza that do not affect animals. Viruses affect every living thing, including plants.”
azted123 on Oct 8, 2012 at 10:22:48
“I still maintain that a weaken system is a perfect target for virus's even mutated ones. A healthy body fights those virus's.”
Oct 5, 2012 at 12:50:21
“Do you have any basic understanding of how viruses mutate and transmit from one species to another? Animals do indeed contract influenza. They may not contract the same strain that humans do, but they do. Did you not read the article?”
azted123 on Oct 5, 2012 at 15:00:47
“So what you are saying, is that Swine flu for example, mutated from regular flu of a human and then changed into Swine flu? Bird flu mutated from human flu into what it is now? I am sure that sickness of an animal indicates that the animal is in a weaken condition and is suceptable to all kinds of illnesses. If it is flu or not is another question. If it not the same strain then is it the flu? Could it be Scurvey? A animal makes a large amount of vitamin C that generally protects him or her from sickness including flu as it kills viruses. 70 years of research have proven this. Please read about the sucess of Dr. Klenner of Reidville, N.C. Oh by the way I did read the article.”
Sep 11, 2012 at 21:14:27
“You've obviously never had to deal with bipolar disorder. Looking for reasons as to why mania exist in people like me, and how to stop the cycle from cycling so that I can lead a normal life, is far from creating a 'zombie' out of me...
I hope you never have to deal with such a disorder. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy...”
kprofthe6thgate on Sep 11, 2012 at 22:17:17
“I didn't imply that they'd be making a zombie out of you. I apologize if my comment was miscontrued. I'm truly sorry you have to deal with that and I wish you the best. I know a few people who are bipolar and I know it is no fun.
Again, my apologies.”
ga7smi on Sep 11, 2012 at 21:27:03
“I feel your pain - admitting you need to control yourself is a big first step - I wish you the best”
“Nidealist: your simplistic view of evolution in and of itself is problematic. If you truly believe that's all there is to the theory, then you obviously haven't done the studying you are telling everyone else to do...”
“Tandemonium: ever stop to think some of those people change their clothes when they get to work? I know quite a few of the ppl I work with run or go to the gym before work. We have a shower in our bathroom, so they clean up and change when they get to the office.”
Tandaemonium on Jul 24, 2012 at 13:24:18
“Something tells me the twinkie jockey in the party-for-five flame pants and Birkenstocks is not a gym rat.
There's a clear difference between the people who fit in a workout during the work day and the guilty parties.”
Jul 13, 2012 at 12:28:44
“pwright3571: this statement of yours is ridiculous. If I interview for a job, am qualified for said job, wear appropriate uniform/clothing during work hours for said job, and complete job requirements as needed, it's nobody's business if I have tattoos or not. It's nobody's business what is under my uniform, period.
You seem to think that people with tattoos are criminals or something. Last time I checked, tattoos do not equate felonies.”
Jul 13, 2012 at 00:41:45
“As a semi-heavily tattooed woman, I must say I get more positive feedback than negative from all different types of people I encounter. I keep my art covered at work (I have almost a full sleeve on one arm) and I don't regret any of my tattoos. They are very well done, and tell a story about me and where I've come from in my life.
When I think back to where my obsession to tattoos started, I have to say, I was always fascinated by my grandpa's horrible navy tattoos. Even though they were poorly done, I always wondered where they were done, and how, and why. And even though I don't get to see my grandfather very much nowadays, I feel a sort of connection through my tattoos...”
Susan Shaffer on Jul 13, 2012 at 05:10:40
“Out of interest what work do you do? Do you think you ever missed out on employment because of them?”
Ascare26 on Jul 13, 2012 at 02:27:36
“Its becoming much more acceptable. I get so many more comments. I'm 25 and I think by the time my generation (well I'm HOPING) it will be more acceptable in the workplace. Who knows though.”
“That's nice and all, but eating disorders have very little to do with what a man wants his woman to look like. Society on a whole does play a role, but I'd have to say that there's much much more to the 'desire to be perfect' than simply 'what do men like?'.
I say this as someone in her 30's who is currently struggling. Eating disorders are truly demons who plague your mind relentlessly.”
Volantiad on Jun 9, 2012 at 16:19:45
“Good insight, GodlessHeathen23, re: eating disorders are demons who relentlessly plague the mind of the possessed. Reality is, I think based on anecdotal evidence, the vast majority of women (and now some men) suffer this plague all our lives. It never ends.”
Feb 19, 2012 at 19:01:30
“Thank you, Peanut. I've been on Topamax for a couple of years now, and had it not been for this drug (in combination with a couple of other ones) I don't think I would be here typing this right now. After struggling with mental illness since I was a child, I've finally found the right combination of drug therapy that allows me to function, and also allows the talk therapy to sink in.
I'm sorry for anyone who has had a bad reaction to a prescription drug, but some of us need them to survive.”
“Have you ever struggled with an eating disorder? I struggle everyday and I can tell you for a fact that these girls are also struggling. It isn't healthy to look for ways to ignore hunger. It isn't healthy to starve yourself. It isn't healthy to survive on 500 calories a day. It isn't healthy to obsess about how many calories are in a stick of sugarless gum.
No one said it's healthy to be obese, either. Why does it have to be one extreme or the other? Why aren't we advocating for these girls to learn eating habits that are healthy, and allow the body to function as it was intended to? Why are we condoning a young woman's admittance that her modeling career would not have begun had she not lost 25 pounds from her already healthy thin frame?
I'm in my 30's and I'm still struggling. I fear for the roads ahead for these young women.”
LaughingSkullLounge on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:37:51
“Thanks for sharing your story, i hope you will not only survive the struggle, but overcome it and find your health and happiness again.”
Truth In Voting on Feb 10, 2012 at 20:20:22
“Yes, I have. And I wholeheartedly agree with 2007katie; these girls are NOT anorexic, did you read their "stats" for starting weight/current weight/ultimate goal weight?
What the original commenter said about pictures of their own bodies is especially true; when I was 88 pounds, I still saw a grossly overweight person in the mirror and the thought of anyone seeing my stomach mortified me because I felt so huge. I also always wore several layers to stave off prying eyes, because I didn't want teachers or my peers to see what I looked like. I knew they'd just send me to someone who'd make me gain weight.
Most of these girls are just struggling for attention, encouragement, fad diets, or all three. It's sick. I had a friend once ask me how I did it, as if there were some anorexic "secret" to losing weight (there isn't, if you exclude distorted self-image and feeling like everything's spinning out of control). That's also why I don't discuss it with people who don't know the very real dangers of eating disorders.”
littlepuffycloud on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:28:09
“I'm glad you lived to tell your story and while you are still struggling, I hope you are recovering :)”
“As someone who struggles with an eating disorder, I can tell you that it has nothing to do with being too preoccupied with yourself. I have spent most of my life trying to help others with their troubles and would do just about anything for those around me who need it. I've also participated in groups with others who suffer from ED's who are the same way.
Truly, it's a much more complex disease than just 'wanting to be thin'.”
catmagnet on Feb 10, 2012 at 13:41:42
“As someone recovering from compulsive overeating and exercise bulemia, I'm right with you. For me, I turned to food so I could disappear, not because it was "all about me."”
“Seriously...mrm3. You don't get to choose for the rest of us. I tried it without drugs for long enough to know that it's not very smart for me to go off of them again. They don't fix your life-they aren't meant to make everything roses. But they make it so I am able to think rationally for myself so that I can have a normal, everyday life.
Do what you want to do, but don't tell everyone else how they should manage their own health, and don't tell people they are weak for admitting they need help. It's taken a lot of strength, work, and intelligence to get to where I am today.”
Jan 27, 2013 at 09:51:51
“You believe what you like. I'll continue taking my 'evil medications' that have allowed me to not feel self-destructive and like I'm losing my mind for the first time since childhood. I'll also continue my talk therapy to make sure my progress stays on track.
“Women are exploited on film all of the time, in every color, in many movies.”
vblhe on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:44:40
sascha6 on Jan 5, 2013 at 02:59:40
“Have you seen commercials lately? Sometimes we don't even rate a film.”
MMangel on Jan 5, 2013 at 01:10:45
“Or even worse, completely unrepresented. The Bechdel Test is a perfect example. Does a movie: have at least two [named] women in it? Who talk to each other? About something besides a man? If the answer is yes to all the questions, then the movie passes. How often does this happen? Rarely.”
Dec 30, 2012 at 10:38:20
“If she's so controlled naturally, then why is she unemployable?
I have bipolar 2 and have struggled with mental illness since I was a kid. I have put myself through college, work full time, and I am currently going back to school due to a decision to change careers.
I exercise regularly, eat a fairly healthy diet, and I am very careful to take my prescribed medications and continue to see my counselor for talk therapy. I know what happens when I stop taking my medications, and it ain't pretty.
More people like me should speak up when it comes to living with these disorders. The meds aren't perfect, but the alternative is a place I'd rather not go.”
Dec 16, 2012 at 09:00:28
“Do you understand how vaccines are made? Do you know the different kinds of vaccines (live vs. killed vs. modified), what adjuvant is needed in each different type of vaccine and why? Do you understand how vaccines work? Because your post would tell me you don't and are just regurgitating what you've heard other people say about them.”
Nov 23, 2012 at 21:29:56
“I agree, gabbstergirl. I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the medications I take for bipolar disorder. The issues I've dealt with have been there since childhood, and talk therapy doesn't do squat if I don't take my meds, cause no amount of talk can keep me sane when I'm off of them.
People who haven't felt crazy hit them square in the face have no idea...”
guynnyc2004 on Nov 25, 2012 at 21:10:59
Thank you for your courage and for sharing your story of recovery.”
Apr 1, 2012 at 14:52:52
“I may not be understanding the point here, but I thought the whole point to the DSM's categorization of a 'behavior addiction' was when a behavior interfered with a person's quality of life, and/or made it impossible to function in daily life, and/or basically made the person who had it miserable.
There are so many things that are good and fun and give us pleasure, but if we are so consumed with acting on these impulses, to the detriment of living out everything else in life, isn't there a problem? And if we are ashamed that we are acting on these impulses, even though they give us a jolt of the happy's, is that really a good thing?
I think there's a huge difference between what the DSM is talking about and what the author is talking about...”