Because Online is Forever, I also want to add the importance of getting a physical workup and a blood panel from your MD before having a Psych doctor sit in their office on their French antiques and prescribe something. I was helped more by my Ob/Gyn catching my low thyroid condition (I mean, the thyroid supplement feels like a miracle) than my bs Psych telling me to "just keep taking it" when I complained of the debilitating side effects of the drugs she'd prescribed. Don't let them to this to you. YMMV
@UnabashedVixen PREACH. We spend all our money on wars related to controlling fossil fuel resources worldwide. There's such a disconnect between the rank and file and the millionaires who govern us that it will probably take a revolution to overturn it, but we're too busy sitting on our collective Barcalounger digging out the remote, to be bothered. I'm a whistleblower but I'm usually alone as no one will risk their safety, even when they see I'm fighting for them.
@SnarlFurillo Reading your post from the future/today and so glad I saw it. Thank you for posting!!
@notpollyanna I'm so sorry that you had this experience. You deserve to be well treated. I have had this abuse by mental health professionals, too. The field is a great place for sociopaths to hide, as doctors won't "tell" on each other, even at the expense of patient health and safety. I've called my County watchdog agency to report what I saw in a hospital's treatment program. They have not called me back, but I will call again. I had enough therapy that I don't keep secrets about abuse anymore.
For Americans, being employed means having health insurance. I poured myself into my work at the expense of taking care of myself, (an "overused skill" my manager said) and still lost my job due to too many days out. I have/had physical problems and complications from major surgery that contributed to my depression. Hindsight says I should have pushed the "Accomodations" button, as SnarlFurillo's excellent post points out, but I kept thinking I was going to magically fully recover. I did not. I got physical accommodations, but not mental ones, as I didn't know I could ask. I lost a family member to suicide where depression was a factor, so I feel I should have known better. I've been forced to disclose my treating doctor's notes in order to get Long-Term Disability Insurance, so there went confidentiality. But at the same time, I've decided I'm not ashamed to be ill, and I'll share information if it will help others.
At each re-appearance of the Landlord, I felt myself tense, as if it was my privacy that was being invaded. Later, I felt afraid every time the description of a small man got even smaller. A sensational read that swept me along with it. Mesmerizing.
Why then doI know of more rich/unhappy than rich/happy? When a "gift" of a top of the line iPad contains the message "Shut up and go away," it's not a gift I'd want. And regardless of background, I've seen the attitude of entitlement eat people's souls.
I've a feeling that this post is better than the work of the "green-eyed poet."
I disagree with #5. I've bumped up the shows I really want to see to being deserving of paying for better seats. The last show I went to was Orchestra seating and it was a transformational experience to see the artist up close. Also, older venues like the Hollywood Bowl have much better sound below the center walkway than above it. I'm still watching to see how this site evolves. The writers are a big part of that. I didn't enjoy this post's writer- it's too "Tiger Beat."
I include resale shops such as "Play It Again Sports" in my thrifting sweeps, as it's a great way to get gear for sports I want to try without buying new. I got my first rollerblade skates this way and my gorgeous figure (ice) skates (premium leather, so comfy) in a men's size. They're not so horribly, painfully narrow and they're black, which I love.