This girl is going places. [x]
I think mental health issues are difficult because people who aren’t aware they have them can’t identify. I was fortunate that my depression and anxiety issues didn’t exist for me until I was a bit older. I got to see what it was like to live without them, then live with them, and then live without them again.
Take a highly motivated and focused person that performs in the top of his class, letters in 3 sports, and is involved in community service who gets unsolicited scholarship offers from Ivy League schools who started a non-profit at the age of 16. Scores extremely high on the extroversion scale.
3 years later:
Quits job before being fired for non attendance. Has trouble writing checks to pay rent and bills. Nearly gets evicted from his apartment. Tells family and friends he’ll come over to do activities or go out at night but instead hides in his apartment.
No drugs involved. Only external factor was emotional tram as a result of getting in relationships with other people with the same issues. Floats between jobs and unemployment. Suicidal thoughts.
7 years later, 2 years after depression diagnosis, therapy and medication:
Starts new businesses. Grows company from 3 two 18 people Starts second new business. Is on non-profit boards and involved in community government. Over the next 4 years grows 2nd company to 40 people.
Records two records, travels and engages himself in life. Finds relationships with people who are working though their issues in a positive way.
People who haven’t gone through it don’t understand. Parents blame themselves because they believe they should have been able to out parent the depression. (So they falsely believe giving advice will help.) Friends see the change and get frustrated.
The real challenging thing is, that when your depressed its hard to be motivated to take your medication and see a councilor.
Think your depressed? Want my advice?
Use this thing and see if you are:
Believe the results of the test. Fuck everything else. Use every little tiny bit of energy you have to find a councilor and get on medication. Do that and you’ll find a job that will work for you in a way that you can make it through.
Make dealing with this your #1 priority, just like you would if you had a bleeding head wound.
That medication shit? It works and makes things better long term after your off of it. I did it for 3 years. I’d do it the rest of my life if that’s what it took.
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.
reblogging so this can ruin someone else’s day too
CONSIDER YOUR MISSION ACCOMPLIDHES ARGH
— an anonymous online commenter on the current economy. (via han-nara)
Drummer Ali Siadat blows smoke rings from his bass drum.