Monday, December 12, 2011

Tale to Anonymous

Post i found, can't find author thought....
.... I found out who Anonymous really is. Anonymous is not an individual, but is, rather, a family. The patriarch is John Doe; the matriarch is Jane Doe. For years, they have been able to hide the fact that they are brother and sister, not husband and wife. As is usually the case with incestuous hook-ups, their offspring are transmogrifying into drooling swamp things, freelance racists, misogynists, homophobes and brownshirts in clerical collars.

Until the day before yesterday, I had a post on this blog about one of my clients. Then Anonymous visited three times and threatened both my client and me because of the content of the post. I'm not very worried about myself because if you try to get something from someone who has nothing, that's pretty much what you get. I would never intentionally cause problems for any of my clients however, so I took the post down.

My client is a religious organization. (Don't ask which one; if I told you, it would out Anonymous. Don't ask who Anonymous is; if I told you, they wouldn't be anonymous anymore, now would they?) Anonymous has a theological bone to pick with my client (and with me for that matter). Anonymous's theology happens to be all about "correct" belief and "correct" practice, whatever "correct" means. I guess Anonymous doesn't think it would be politic, polite or practical to discuss those differences in public, so they hide behind the curtain of nondisclosure and, well, anonymity.

Their theology of right belief and practice is a hard, judgmental and unforgiving one. That kind of theology is our form of incest in these times. It is our idolatry and our insanity. Legalism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, but I will anyway, that by "legalism" I mean a theology that puts itself above Christ and above the principles of love of God and neighbor. Legalism is not a loving interest in the body of Christ that is concerned with everyone’s spiritual and physical welfare; it is an overriding obsession with its own power over other people. Just as the love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s own theology that is not part of one’s love for the body of Christ is not love, but is, rather, idolatry.

An anonymous collective, left to its own devices, quickly builds a theology out of rage and hate. Those who oppose this theology will be eliminated. Enemies of this theology are to be dealt with swiftly and severely. Anonymous does not forgive. Anonymous does not forget. Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity and mercy. Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us. Anonymous cannot be harmed, no matter how many Anonymous may fall in battle. Anonymous is a hydra, constantly moving, constantly changing. Remove one head, and ten replace it. Anonymous reinforces its ranks exponentially at need.

Anonymous is legion.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bad News and Pain Without Love

Is there ever any good news out there? Forget the economy that's in shambles (double recession is already here), but for those with mental health issues, well it's never a good prognosis, everything is cut short from your temper to your life... Shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's simply not good news in a realm where good news can make all the difference. I can think of a friend who suffers from borderline personality disorder. The smallest thing in her life may set her off into a catatonic state. Joyful things used to be something she could -- well -- feel joyful about. Now it's a struggle, largely due to her struggles. What left her with a smile before is now fleeting; it's harder and harder to experience joy. So you'll find people in this type of situation resort to tactics 'normal' people may not fathom, cutting, suicide, self harm...... all to accent the need to feel-------feel something, anything.... I guess that song is true in some ways, 'I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all'.... Scary. A wake up call to catch the symptoms and address them before they snowball to a point joy becomes a whisper in your life.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fallacy of BiPolar Diagnosis Rise in Kids

I was reading 'Sway' by Brafman ( and there was a chapter on Bi polar disorders.

The books deals with irrational behaviour and how even the most educated can be easily swayed by status quo or popularity.

In the case of bi-polar disorder the number of children diagnosed rose 40X (It was at least that, might have been more) in the past 20 years or so. However, correlating stats that should've increased if the diagnosis was correct did not increase. Teen suicides never increased (they in fact decreased), but drugs and programs continue to expand.

At what point do we acknowledge something is amiss? Yes, the way we diagnosis the disorder has changed, but just because a child is sad doesn't mean they have a psychological disorder. I pin this one on hypochondriacs and bad psychiatrists.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Explanation for Increases in BP in children?

I'm not a hypochondriac so I'm not one to advocate running out and getting kids tested for every seeming abnormal issue. It's startling to see how many kids these days are popping pills for maladies that didn't exist 40 years ago.

There has been a 400% increase in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in young children and a 40 times increase between 1995 to 2003 alone according

What are your thoughts? Is there a rash of doctors too eager to doll out bi-polar diagnoses for kids?

Read more in this article.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Postmodern age of healthcare

Social media and our perceptions through this postmodern era have changed how we view medicine.

I was thinking a bit more after reading this article:

It's true, in the age of the internet we no longer go to the neighborhood doctor and never think twice about a diagnosis. Now, there's so much more information for patients to arm themselves with, and also more options to check out who offers the best care. This is particularly important when it comes to therapy.

No longer is medicine the ivory tower it used to be, we trust information, not what someone in authority necessarily says.

That doesn't mean be an idiot and ignore your doctor, but it does mean you can shop around when it comes to finding a therapist that you like.

Monday, April 18, 2011

First Sheen Now Zeta Jones

Don't know the details but one thing is for sure in the past couple of months: bi-polar disorder is taking front stage in the headlines..... Well, mostly the tabloids.

Nonetheless there is an interesting air of publicity coming the way of a disorder that has been mostly swept under the rug. If there's anything good about Charlie sheen is a kind of sick awareness campaign to the mind has been raised.

I wonder how long before an organization picks up on the bi-winning slogan to raise somec ash for good. Actually, come to think of it that would be a bad idea, probably best to steer clear of anything Sheen related when it comes to bipolar.

What's sad is a fascination with people who have mental health problems.

Catherine Zeta jones is beautiful, powerful, and maybe bi-polar? (She hasn't confirmed as of yet.)

So what?

How about less interest on what 'might' happen if she flips out and more about how she's functioned over time.

Let's not assume and seek the worse in humanity, let's strive to celebrate the best.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sheen is Bi Losing

What's not to love?

Um, a lot.

Destructive behaviour leads to funny conditions in humanity, both for the victim and for the voyeuristic onlooker.

Sheen is probably sick, and he's also capitalizing on the stupidity of regular folks like you and me....well maybe not since we don't have ticket so to his 'show'. But you get the point. Mr Sheen needs help, what kind I don't know, but he's also simultaneously spinning a money grab machine all at the same time.

Makes me wonder how much of the latest kerfuffle is actually true....

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quick Recipe - Curry Shrimp with Tumeric

I'm trying to pick up cooking,well i mean I'm trying to pay more attention to tastey neato food.

I cooked this last night, was tasty, but would add a couple more vegetables next time (snow peas?)

Start off with a hot pan with some oil. Add a teaspoon of corriander seeds for 1 minute. Add a chopped onion, let it turn golden brown. Once brown add 1 tsp tumeric and 1 tsp cayenne. Stir for 1 minute, turn down the heat.

You'll get some nice colors here for the next step, just add half a cup of coconut milk. Simmer.

Add 20-30 shrimp (peeled) depending on size.

Let cook until shrimp are done. Add chopped cilantro on top.

I would add snow peas and a red pepper if you can (will have to add a bit to the spices.)

Serve on a bed of rice.

Voila! Easy dinner for two.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Sad Story of Sheen

Destructive choices can yield destructive people.

Some Americans may be fascinated with the implosion of Charlie Sheen. These nobs pay $100 to see a terrible show in person. Not because they watn to be part of something unique or memorable. but because they enjoy watching the fall of another human being. They want to see the car accident unravel before their eyes.

Who's sicker? Sheen or the people who go and see him in studio. Well they certainly aren't smarter. Giving money to Sheen is like having a 4 year old trick an investment banker for 100K. Just pl ain silly.

Stop the madness. There's actually a segment of the population that suffers from legitimate diseases that are now being made a mockery out of. By the way, I'm sure Sheen suffers from the same issues in his head as the same group he's deriding.

He's sick. Why else does he attempt to 'raise money' for local bi-polar charities. Just playing the part? Or is he sick? And no, it's not Fringe, he didn't cure himself with Lobster venom or whatever concoction is hilarious today.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Radiation scare

Check out this chart at this link. It shows the daily limits/ radiation exposure of common elements.

Really puts things in perspective.

Also really shows us how much radiation your partner gives up at night.....

Pray for Japan too, incredible carnage there....

Saturday, January 29, 2011

ADHD v Bipolar Diagnosis in Kids

Diagnosis of, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder cases being diagnosed increase as treatments and knowledge improve. Some parents still overlook typical symptoms, especially in ADHD cases.

Everything, as we know, exists on a spectrum. You can have too much diagnosis or not enough.

Lately, since we're looking, certain warning signs have been released by the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to help parents detect ADHD symptoms early and to assist in providing treatment options before potential mental disorders become overbearing.

The symptoms include inability to pay attention, inability to sleep, lack of attention to detail, quickly or easily distracted, trouble completing simple tasks or assignments, talkative, and showing difficulty in playing quietly.

Other factors that may influence a child’s attitude and behavior include stress from family or school issues, or recent drastic lifestyle changes.

Here's what a bad mom would do: ignore the symptoms.

Here's what a bad parent would do, give the kid pills for ADHD.

Symptoms don't lead to a diagnosis of ADHD. Hyper kids may be cracked out on sugar, additives, MSG, etc. Try things like a GOOD DIET before labeling ADHD.

I wonder how much diet has to do with crazy kids. Or maybe it's teaching style! :P

Friday, January 14, 2011

Depression Apps

Anybody use any apps to health their coping/recovery? Curious to know what's out there, but also what your'e doing.....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Faith and Recovery for Bipolar

A number of bi-polar bloggers in the blogosphere have a very deep faith. Most for good, although the odd one has found more trouble than good with his/her faith journey.

I think that fundamentally the recovery, coping, living, is based on a support network. Sure, that sounds pretty self-explanatory and obvious, but here's my question: what about atheists?

I can't really speak for an atheist with bi-polar, and I could never put my shoes in that frame of mind (unless we had a parallel universe :P), but I want to know for atheists how do you cope?

Let me frame that question a bit better so it deosn't seem so patronizing.

Do you find adequate support networks? How do you balance questions (if you ever have them) that involve non-belief in a 'higher being' or a 'greater purpose'?

Does that make sense? Any thoughts?