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A couple months ago, in the midst of personal chaos, I went for a job interview. I was a nervous wreck and the interviewer could tell. She told me to "not be nervous." I painted a picture of myself and my situation that was much rosier than the reality - I didn't tell her I'd experienced a nervous breakdown, that I was without a home, any of that.
It was a painful wreck during much of it but a connection was built. Towards the end of it, I was in her car and we started discussing the world. "It's a very strange place. The world we live in."
"I sometimes wonder if it's real," I replied.
"Oh, it's real all right but it doesn't feel like it sometimes." [Read more]
If we are really serious about stopping the mass shootings that are occurring in this country, we really need to get serious about what's really going on.
There is an obvious shooter profile. Characteristics seem to fit every single one. Here is a description of the New Mexico Pastor's son who killed his whole family:
"We know him as a bright, curious and incredibly talented young man. He was a brother, nephew, grandson and cousin," said the statement, which was obtained by ABC News affiliate KOAT in Albuquerque from former New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego, the suspect's uncle. [Read more]
A favor, friends. My dear friend Peter David, a renowned Sci Fi / Fantasy writer, suffered a stroke. His family is facing heavy medical bills, but doesn't want handouts. Instead, if you'd like to help, check out his work and pick up a copy of one of his books. I wish him a full and speedy recovery. http://goo.gl/mnF7g
I'm not sure what the dynamics for David and his family are and perhaps Takei was simply helping a brother out but... [Read more]
This is a short one.
We're not as clueless as we think we are or want to think we are. I started a music website several years ago, before the breakdown. I have been very slowly bringing it back together - very slowly.
Before I went travelling, I had actually helped to produce a mixtape ("mixtapes" are compilations popular in hip-hop) called "We're On Everything." There was no fooling anything - there was a sample of a comedian talking about children who are addicted to painkillers, cigarettes, cough syrup, etc. I knew full well that I was cocktailing - even if the cocktailing was something my family had pushed me toward. [Read more]
Alot has been talked of mental illness in the wake of all these tragedies. Obviously the culprits are mentally ill themselves and the way to contain such individuals is on every one's mind.
However, think about this: These acts create more mental illness in the form of PTSD. PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder. [Read more]
I'm pleasantly surprised by some of the reception here. After I had my breakdown, I did alot of reading about psychiatric medication. What I found out was - disturbing.
I read about toddlers literally being given anti-psychotic meds and I started to honestly wonder if the world was rigged against life. It's one thing to be depressed yourself but where I was at - good Lord, man. It seemed like the world itself was in decay. [Read more]
This is another piece about mental illness. I have gotten a mixed reception from all of you here. This makes alot of people very uncomfortable. The last thread about mental illness did really well and I really learned from all of your stories - however - I know from experience posting here that the subjects I pick aren't what some want. I've been encouraged to post here and wouldn't do so if I thought I was imposing.
If this makes you uncomfortable, please just skip over. The subject is complex and needs to be discussed out of necessity for what it is.
As mental illness comes back in to the national discourse given all the tragic shootings, it's worth noting how pervasive mental illness really is. Mental illness doesn't necessarily mean schizophrenia - where a person stops being tuned at all in to reality and starts to talk incessantly to themselves. [Read more]