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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Shitty mental health system

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 9:02 AM

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Most of the medications they've given me don’t work, and most of their other treatments like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) don’t work either, and I think that's mostly because I was misdiagnosed. All that most of the medications do to me is make me stupid or sedate me—other than that, no benefits. The doctors even agree with me, but then continue giving me the meds that don’t do anything. It makes no sense. They refuse to reassess my diagnosis. To make matters worse, pretty much all of them refuse to taper me off the medications I don’t want to take, so I get horrible withdrawals. Any kind of problems with my mental health that I ask for help for, they refuse to deal with. Their OTs or whatever they're called mostly fixate on my diagnosis and anything about anxiety/social skills problems go in one ear and out the other it seems.
—Stuck In The System That Doesn’t Help
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Killing us softly with sodium

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 10:32 AM

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I just had a cheat day from my diet and boy, was it a mistake. After clean eating for a few weeks, I bought a bag of potato chips. OMG what a sodium bomb! I feel my blood pressure rising with every bite. Why is there so much sodium in everything these days? I bought cheesies and sour cream & bacon chippies, but I can barely stomach them! They taste toxic. Food companies need to lower the salt in their products—it's getting ridiculous. It's not even palatable!
—Could Only Eat 10 Chips!
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The dumpster fire that is Facebook grievance peddling

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM

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Wow. Just wow! What a clinical narcissist you are, princess! So you make a 3D ass out of yourself and we're supposed to care why? I watched your insipid video, but sorry, Hon, the driver was right! I'm a parent, and a responsible one. Your daughter's head was at seat level in that ridiculous toy! What the hell is wrong with you? Seems the driver cared more about your child than you did.

Get on a commercial flight and pull this shit! There's no difference. Seems you have a problem with a simple request to properly seat a child for safety's sake. Shame on you!!!
—Let's Hear It For Parent Of The Year: The Oscar Goes To…
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Stop the cigarette butt littering!!!!!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 9:08 AM

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I was very disturbed to hear that a report by NBC News named cigarette butts as the single greatest source of ocean pollution—surpassing plastic straws. PLEASE, SMOKERS, DISPOSE OF THESE DISGUSTING THINGS PROPERLY!!!!!
—Butt Hater
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Slower traffic keep to the right

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 7:26 PM

Just because you are doing 120 and the right hand lane is doing 105 does not entitle you to stay in the left lane.
I flew up to your bumper at 160! You need to get the hell over. I am faster so therefore you are slower. —Pissed off and late
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pick at home and cover your mouth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Seriously? You believe the best place to pick at your fly bites and scabs is at the bus stop and on the bus? Not only were you picking—not scratching, but full on picking—your fly bites and scabs, but then you were wiping the blood onto your legs, arms and the bus seat. Come the hell on! How were you raised? No one wants to see that shit. It's disgusting. Then to top it all off you start sneezing with your yap wide open spreading your snot and spit all over the place for all to enjoy. Thanks so much for that. The topper to all of this was the huge wad of spit you graciously left on the side of the street before getting on the bus. Grow up and get some manners. I feel bad for whomever had to sit next to you on the bus.
—Wishing for some hand sanitizer
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Monday, May 27, 2019

Keep your kids out of the street

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 2:26 PM

It's getting warmer—and that means soon, all the stupid parents who let their kids play in traffic will be putting out their completely ineffective little "We love our kids please slow down" signs. This, in spite of the fact that many putting out such signs have massive, fully landscaped backyards where their spawn can safely play—and the fact that motorists in this city are known nation-wide for their shitty driving. Even the few good drivers can have trouble stopping in time if little Timmy ignores the calls of "Car!" and decides to keep chasing the hockey ball into the street regardless. Kids are stupid like that. It's not their fault but they are. So, let your kids play on your own goddamned property instead of sending them out the front door into the path of some dumbass doing 70 in a school zone.
—The street is not a playground
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Monday, April 1, 2019

You STINK, Halifax

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 5:18 PM

You had a grip on the cigarette smoke. Now, we can't walk downtown without inhaling weed every breath we take. Your people are the opposite of cool, here. Open up some MJ Cafes as designated spots instead.
—Pew-pew-pew
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Seething over scooters

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM

To the young scooter driver leaving the mall yesterday: Where did you learn to drive that bike? You're going to get yourself injured or killed—passing the cars waiting at the light, by driving up the yellow line, almost getting squeezed into the median as you turned because you were where you shouldn't be, and then passing cars along the curb side is dangerous. There are only two lanes!
More patient driver
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Urinating in downtown cafe sinks

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM

People are urinating in the sinks of downtown coffee shops, apparently to conserve water. So you're washing your hands in a urinal, basically. Well, I guess it's for a good cause.
—Stinkydinkinsink
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Maybe Once Employees Start Collapsing...

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 11:44 AM

...you'll give a shit that there's no air conditioning in the kitchen. You know it's an issue. It's been as issue for the last three years. And you know it's fucking people up: I've told you myself—to your face and in writing—about the dizziness and vomitting from the heat. I don't give a fuck if the labour department doesn't have "a specific maximum" for how hot the kitchen can get. If your employees are getting sick from the heat, it's too fucking hot. Maybe next time I get so hot I have to puke, I'll make sure to do it in your nice, air-conditioned office. Maybe then you'll do something about it.
—Heat Stroke Waiting to Happen
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Snow-covered Halifax

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 12:02 PM

I'm not talking about the cold white fluffy stuff. I'm talking about the obscene use of cocaine in every downtown venue ever. I love partying, I love having fun, I love going to clubs, dancing, taking in live music, whatever. What I don't love is being yelled at in the bathroom about how you “need coke" or how "your life is ruined because of coke.” I can see the powder dripping out of your zombie noses. Disgusting! Sniff a little harder—SNIFF SNIFF SNIFF—nothing to see here. PUKE.

I've tried party drugs, even went a little overboard as a much younger person, but it doesn’t take much of the brain cells you might have left to know that using coke every weekend, every time you go out, every day, every night is going to seriously fuck you up.

FYI: a wide range of cognitive functions are impaired with long-term cocaine use—such as sustaining attention, impulse inhibition, memory, making decisions involving rewards or punishments, and performing motor tasks. Other scary things: increased rate of stroke and brain bleeds, loss of smell and damage to nose and sinus cavity. Loss of TONS of money you probably don't have, directly contributing to WARS and death of innocent people, losing friends, family, partners, children—how many reasons do you need to stop?The Only Thing Worse Was Being Asked For Crystal Meth


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear blood lab: Women over 40 have sex

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Being a woman (over 40) who loves men and everything about them I date. Sometimes I date more than one man at a time (gasp, oh my petticoats), don't worry I am honest about it.  Sometimes I date couples, bi men, straight married men, kinky men. I am in it for the experience, and maybe eventually a partner.

Being a responsible person I use condoms, all the time, but sometimes accidents happen.  So I go to the walk in clinic, tell the doctor I have multiple partners and I would like to be tested.  The doctor being a very gracious, wonderful woman who does not care about my sexual preferences gives me the swab for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and the blood requisition for the rest.

Today I am told by the blood lab that they will not process my swab because I am a woman over 40, apparently women over 40 don't have sex. If I were a man, I would not be receiving this call. WTF. Ohhh, my Irish temper...

In the past I have gotten my testing done at my family doctor and she always had to write "unfaithful husband" on the lab work, which at the time was true, and I honestly thought this "women over 40" need an excuse thing was just her and the blood lab she dealt with. But I hated it because the receptionist, who was my next door neighbour, and the blood lab technician, who has kids that same age as mine always saw this on the paper.  It was embarrassing. So I thought I would try the walk-in, in the city where I didn't know anyone.

Apparently, this is a province-wide requirement at blood labs, they do not process STI testing for women over 40.  Where to start on that one...discriminatory, sexist, violation of privacy, ignorant, downright stupid, everything the Canadian health system should not be. —L


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fuck NS Healthcare

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 4:21 PM

So I call a phone line after regular business hours to get some advice because something very weird is happening and they suggest I go to a hospital to get checked because I might be having an emergency. I comply and am examined and told that it might not be an emergency but I should check with a specialist in that particular field as soon as possible just to be sure. So the next day I phone the specialist's office, the one where they told me to "call right away" if I'm having certain symptoms and they tell me that despite my symptoms I can't be seen without a referral. So, I phone my family physician's office and the earliest they can see me is in six days. The only other option is to go to a walk-in clinic, and the last time I tried that they told me, at mid-day, that they were full-up till the next day. It's now past mid-day on the second day of the weirdness and I'm having trouble seeing. So, I decided what the hell? Who needs two retinas anyway? One eye is as good as two, isn't it? —Fucked Every Which Way









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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bitching for understanding

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM

The thing about children of serious/chronic mental illness is that you have no right/freedom to an opinion. You go through life never having a voice, society tells you it's a waiting game. When you try to voice your opinion, it’s considered illegitimate. You must be going crazy. You must be getting paranoid. There is no “real” community, it’s labeled a “support group.” The community is based on drugs and dominance. Nobody wants to get to know you once they find out you have a parent with serious mental illness, unless they also have a close relative with serious mental health issues. Eventually you have to talk about it, and when you do, people usually respond with an awkward caught off-guard response. Then they either begin to distance themselves from you, or begin the cycle [as described above]. It can become so frustrating at times. Children of parents with mental illness grow up so much hopelessness, so much unseen societal pressure. They either give up and have drug/alcohol issues themselves, or they spend their whole lives fighting their own societal-determined fate. It’s a lonely world when you have no community, when it can ever be simply a “support group.” People rarely speak of loved ones with mental illness with pride and when they do, they are usually reminded that this is a societal taboo.

People with mental health “issues.” How come we have to consider these “issues”? These are some of the most interesting people you will ever meet! They have the most interesting stories, they are usually so innocent, and NOT violent. They care so much and can be really good parents. The children of people with serious mental health “issues” are the most empathetic people you will ever meet—they’ve seen and heard it all, all of their lives. They can see so many perspectives. They have so many stories to tell, but who wants to tell them if it’s just going to scare people away? If it’s just going to contribute to the negative societal label? —Not Really A Bitcher, Just A Little Frustrated


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