September 1, 2014

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August 31, 2014
mixgoldenphoenix:

honestlyawesomeistaken:

Is this supernatural

Fun fact: When me and my friend were watching this, we described them as “The Dean One” and “The Sam One.” …even though the personalities don’t really match, we made the distinction.

http://agentsex.tumblr.com/tagged/moving-alan-liveblog/chrono

mixgoldenphoenix:

honestlyawesomeistaken:

Is this supernatural

Fun fact: When me and my friend were watching this, we described them as “The Dean One” and “The Sam One.” …even though the personalities don’t really match, we made the distinction.


http://agentsex.tumblr.com/tagged/moving-alan-liveblog/chrono

August 29, 2014
Here’s some fantastic news for your Friday: On Thursday, the California Senate unanimously approved a new bill that defines sexual consent as a firm “yes” rather than a lack of “no.”

micdotcom:

This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.

Well … I mean, if they don’t change the rape laws, then what does this do? It’s just symbolic. 

August 29, 2014

Anonymous said: bpd has a suicide rate 400 times that of the national average. it's not a diagnosis based around being a "bitch" or expressing traits that make a person unpleasant or difficult to be around. that's just the aspect of it that gets attention in the media. it's a mental illness as distressing and debilitating as any other. it's distinct, though connected to other diagnosis - in the same way that most MI's are. treating bpd as a a myth or personality type instead of a MI is what causes the stigma.

wings-andgrace:

I consider it as real as any other personality disorder, but I believe that it’s very heavily caused by upbringing and childhood experiences, versus genetic or hereditary inheritance. I believe it is caused by both, just more commonly one than the other.

(Just my two cents.)

That seems to be true of almost every mental disorder, though. For example, if one identical twin has schizophrenia, the other has about a 40% chance of developing it as well, and childhood stresses, environment and (maybe) drug use seems to have a significant effect on the odds of developing it.

Oh, wait, I see what you’re saying; that experience plays a greater role and genes less in comparison to other disorders. Ah, I get that.

It’s not that I don’t think personality disorders aren’t “real” - they are some of them most common diagnoses - but I don’t understand what they are or how you can tell that a patient has an “enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior” instead of a persistent symptom and maladaptive coping methods for that symptom. There’s a distinction there that I’m not grasping.

I’ll use my diagnosis as an example - this is from the DSM-IV: The Voyage Home, and they’ve quite changed the personality disorders section in DSM-5: The Final Frontier, but the DSM-IV was current when I first realized I had a psychiatrist problem. The DSM-IV defines social anxiety disorder thus:

A. A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be humiliating or embarrassing. 

B. Exposure to the feared social situation almost invariably provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed panic attack. 

C. The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. Note: In children, this feature may be absent. 

D. The feared social or performance situations are avoided or else are endured with intense anxiety or distress. 

E. The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared social or performance situation(s) interferes significantly with the person’s normal routine, occupational (academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia. 

F. In individuals under age 18 years, the duration is at least 6 months. 

G. The fear or avoidance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition and is not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Panic Disorder With or Without Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or Schizoid Personality Disorder). 

H. If a general medical condition or another mental disorder is present, the fear in Criterion A is unrelated to it, e.g., the fear is not of Stuttering, trembling in Parkinson’s disease, or exhibiting abnormal eating behavior in Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa. 

At the time, I fit all of those criteria. And this is avoidant personality disorder:

agentsex:

I want to make it clear that those quotes don’t reflect my views on BPD but those of the author of that essay.

I don’t think I fully understand what “personality” means in “personality disorder.” I know the basic idea is a persistent, stable pattern of behavior, and I know that the DSM-5 put Axis II disorders back on Axis I, but I don’t think I understand it.

A. A pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

1. Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection.

2. Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked.

3. Shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed.

4. Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations.

5. Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy.

6. Views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others.

7. Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing.

I also fit that criteria, for the most part - it’s much harder to say because it’s much more subjective. (For example, when is interpersonal contact “significant”? Don’t most people feel “inhibited” in new interpersonal situations”? What if you have mixed reasons for doing something?) 

Most people develop anxiety disorders around adolescence - the exact time that they’re supposed to start showing the “enduring patterns” for personality disorders. Generally speaking, humans avoid situations that make them anxious; for example, people who are afraid of dogs usually don’t have dogs as pets. I was anxious in social situations, so I avoided them - and this lead to me having low self-image. Fearing social rejection and avoiding social situations out of that fear is the most basic definition of social anxiety disorder, so I don’t know 

The DSM does say “The enduring pattern is not better accounted for as a manifestation or consequence of another mental disorder,” but how can you tell which “better accounts” for something? 

Ultimately, I don’t really care what I’m diagnosed with as long as I’m getting better, but the social anxiety diagnosis does feel much less judgmental. 

August 29, 2014

Anonymous said: bpd has a suicide rate 400 times that of the national average. it's not a diagnosis based around being a "bitch" or expressing traits that make a person unpleasant or difficult to be around. that's just the aspect of it that gets attention in the media. it's a mental illness as distressing and debilitating as any other. it's distinct, though connected to other diagnosis - in the same way that most MI's are. treating bpd as a a myth or personality type instead of a MI is what causes the stigma.

I want to make it clear that those quotes don’t reflect my views on BPD but those of the author of that essay.

I don’t think I fully understand what “personality” means in “personality disorder.” I know the basic idea is a persistent, stable pattern of behavior, and I know that the DSM-5 put Axis II disorders back on Axis I, but I don’t think I understand it.

August 29, 2014

micdotcom:

5 facts about homeless youth getting lost in the attention paid to Miley 

August 29, 2014

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August 28, 2014

Anonymous said: Hahaha omgggg for real? That was like a 10 part message. Lol.

I got like two more parts! Sorry. :(

Try using “submit” for long messages.

August 27, 2014

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Oh no, was this a continuation?! I just got this part!

August 27, 2014
SleepyCast #1: The Official SLEEPY HOLLOW Podcast

theorlandojones:

Check out the first installment of the SleepyCast, the official Sleepy Hollow podcast in partnership with Nerdist.com.

They’ll be recapping Season 1 for the next month until the premiere of Season 2 on September 22. 

Hope you like it.

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August 27, 2014
defilerwyrm:

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defilerwyrm:

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