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2020-09-23 4:05:06 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:07:13 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:07:19 PM  
The entire nation has PTSD.  At least the ones that have been paying attention.
 
2020-09-23 4:08:43 PM  
Important skills to develop, absolutely.
We only have each other.
 
2020-09-23 4:14:33 PM  
I had a cousin that I got on really well with - shared interests and attitudes. He died, and I really miss him.

But when I start to feel sorry for myself over some fairly transient event, I tell myself at least I can do something about it, whereas he no longer has any options.
 
2020-09-23 4:15:50 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:16:41 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:19:38 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:21:55 PM  
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2020-09-23 4:26:45 PM  

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2020-09-23 4:27:30 PM  
You can't fix what's already farked up. To people with different levels of depression, ptsd and similar conditions, all of this happening is just another thing. One more piece of straw.

Except now, the people who called depressives 'losers' 'snowflakes' and 'weak' are being forced into similar mindsets.

Old: 'Hey man, snap out of it. We all have problems. What makes you so special? "
New: 'I can't live like this. No one tells me how to live. I want my freedom. YOU ARE ALL SHEEP
 
2020-09-23 4:45:16 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The entire nation has PTSD.  At least the ones that have been paying attention.


Nation? Try world
 
2020-09-23 4:47:17 PM  
Just tell me when trump is no longer president and I'll give you all the happy reaction you can handle.

Yes, I can wait.
 
2020-09-23 4:48:36 PM  
Addendum: make it soon. This is harder than I thought.
 
2020-09-23 4:50:00 PM  
This thread is going to be stupid and it is going to be filled with stupid people making stupid comments.  I'm going to go organize my collection of Senran Kagura videogames, ordering them based on my objective ranking of their ecchi content.  Later, dumbasses.
 
2020-09-23 4:59:21 PM  
I thought my medication levels were way off but labs show they're not (stuff for my missing thyroid).

Turns out that feeling is just all the stress and anxiety of other people's irresponsibility over the pandemic mixed with the stress and anxiety of living in the climate apocalypse mixed with the stress and anxiety of watching American democracy crumble all coalescing into a hard little ball at my center and it grows bigger every day.  Someday it might be so bad I can't breath.
 
2020-09-23 5:04:05 PM  

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That's kinda been my philosophy, but it's too expensive...

On the one hand, no matter what happens in November, climate change is going to destroy us a lot sooner than most people think. The fires here in CA have been getting worse and worse every year and it's only going to speed up, and that's only the most currently visible and obvious indicator - there's a ton more shiat that proves we have passed the tipping point and there is no recovery, like it being 101 degrees in fu*king SIBERIA!

So eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.

But on the other hand, I've not be given explicitly clear instructions that I can go for it, either.j

So I'm doing something different now, only half-baked (hah!), which is planning my own death on the barricades in D.C. because if I gotta go (and I do), then I want to take some fascists out with me. Do some small favor for our democracy.
 
2020-09-23 5:25:57 PM  

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I do believe there's a cusp, such that if you're on the "happier" side then doing those things will noticeably help your mood; but if you're on the other side then at best you could maybe say things are even worse without them, but they sure as hell don't move the needle in a way that resembles a solution.  And neither side can fathom the condition of the other.
 
2020-09-23 5:27:40 PM  
Only three percent of people are naturally sociopaths.  The other 40ish percent we see trained themselves to it.
 
2020-09-23 6:26:53 PM  
The future's uncertain and the end is always near.

However -

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2020-09-23 6:55:02 PM  
Yeah, I'll buy that. My outlet was exercise and that's largely unavailable now.

My hair has started falling out in patches. Last time this happened was senior year of engineering school. I always figured it was stress. It didn't even happen when I was studying for my PE, but now it's back.

I finally had it all long enough to tie back, too, and now I can't do it. If I leave it messy the top covers the sides but it always wants to part on a bald spot if I do anything with it. I guess I'll have to cut it soon before it starts looking sad.
 
2020-09-23 7:43:04 PM  

Koodz: Yeah, I'll buy that. My outlet was exercise and that's largely unavailable now.

My hair has started falling out in patches. Last time this happened was senior year of engineering school. I always figured it was stress. It didn't even happen when I was studying for my PE, but now it's back.

I finally had it all long enough to tie back, too, and now I can't do it. If I leave it messy the top covers the sides but it always wants to part on a bald spot if I do anything with it. I guess I'll have to cut it soon before it starts looking sad.


Why can't you exercise?
 
2020-09-23 7:59:12 PM  

majestic: Koodz: Yeah, I'll buy that. My outlet was exercise and that's largely unavailable now.

My hair has started falling out in patches. Last time this happened was senior year of engineering school. I always figured it was stress. It didn't even happen when I was studying for my PE, but now it's back.

I finally had it all long enough to tie back, too, and now I can't do it. If I leave it messy the top covers the sides but it always wants to part on a bald spot if I do anything with it. I guess I'll have to cut it soon before it starts looking sad.

Why can't you exercise?


I prefer kickboxing.

I lift kettlebells three days a week and run when I can but I can do five kilometers two or three times before a knee or ankle farks off and I have to stop running for weeks while it heals.

I'm bigger than ever from the kettlebells but I haven't punched anybody in months.
 
2020-09-23 9:41:46 PM  

Godscrack: You can't fix what's already farked up. To people with different levels of depression, ptsd and similar conditions, all of this happening is just another thing. One more piece of straw.

Except now, the people who called depressives 'losers' 'snowflakes' and 'weak' are being forced into similar mindsets.

Old: 'Hey man, snap out of it. We all have problems. What makes you so special? "
New: 'I can't live like this. No one tells me how to live. I want my freedom. YOU ARE ALL SHEEP


The nidus of the antimasker?
 
2020-09-23 9:42:44 PM  

bloobeary: Just tell me when trump is no longer president and I'll give you all the happy reaction you can handle.

Yes, I can wait.


He will retire in 2028 and hand it all over to Eric.
 
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2020-09-24 10:10:31 AM  
I'm not sure how to feel about this. Suddenly most Americans have been forced to face life as I have always known it, and since nothing has really changed for me at all none of this 2020 stuff has touched me in any unusual way. Only thing I've noticed out of the ordinary is that all of the assholes who looked down on me and blamed me for shiat that was completely out of my control are now being forced to see life from my POV and theycan't handle it, proving that not only were they in no way better than me, it's entirely possible that they were in fact more weak and pathetic but had better resources to hide it.

I struggle with the tension between being compassionate because I can totally relate to the struggles, versus the massive wave of Schadenfreude at seeing the chickens come home to roost for people who were living a life of hubris and lies the whole damned time and now the house of cards is collapsing and the blinders are off and they can't handle even minor inconveniences. My empathy has waxed thin but I am trying to be better than that.

Many of my friends have been acting astonished at how many people around them are suddenly "going crazy" and spontaneously exhibiting bizarre and disturbing attitudes and public behaviors, to which I have had to remind them that this "mental health crisis" was always with us the whole damned time and the only thing that has changed is that the façade has finally crumbled away and revealed the rotten superstructure that was rotting away beneath. People are finding it harder to pretend to be "normal" and "have it all together" when the tools of enablement for their lies have been destroyed.

Still, I suppose I will continue to try and help where and when I can. Ultimately I still care deep down below my angry, bitter surface and I really do want to see people healed on the inside. Here's to hoping that the next generation will learn from what they are seeing take place around them and that they can succeed at finally implementing the mental health care access for all that is so very desperately needed in this country.
 
2020-09-24 10:17:52 AM  

Koodz: majestic: Koodz: Yeah, I'll buy that. My outlet was exercise and that's largely unavailable now.

My hair has started falling out in patches. Last time this happened was senior year of engineering school. I always figured it was stress. It didn't even happen when I was studying for my PE, but now it's back.

I finally had it all long enough to tie back, too, and now I can't do it. If I leave it messy the top covers the sides but it always wants to part on a bald spot if I do anything with it. I guess I'll have to cut it soon before it starts looking sad.

Why can't you exercise?

I prefer kickboxing.

I lift kettlebells three days a week and run when I can but I can do five kilometers two or three times before a knee or ankle farks off and I have to stop running for weeks while it heals.

I'm bigger than ever from the kettlebells but I haven't punched anybody in months.


Nothing sucks quite like living healthy and injuring myself every time and losing all the ground I had gained and then some during the recovery. My last workout accident was so bad it has left me with a torn rotor cuff and without insurance the repair surgery is right out. It's amazing just how much of my exercise routine requires my whole body and just how hard it is to work out not only with one less arm, but without jarring it in any way at all that re-aggravates the injury.

/wiped out on my bicycle and bounced on my shoulder which took the full impact; it happened so damned fast I didn't have time to brace for the impact. 3 months on and I'm dying from this.
 
2020-09-24 10:45:38 AM  

thespindrifter: Koodz: majestic: Koodz: Yeah, I'll buy that. My outlet was exercise and that's largely unavailable now.

My hair has started falling out in patches. Last time this happened was senior year of engineering school. I always figured it was stress. It didn't even happen when I was studying for my PE, but now it's back.

I finally had it all long enough to tie back, too, and now I can't do it. If I leave it messy the top covers the sides but it always wants to part on a bald spot if I do anything with it. I guess I'll have to cut it soon before it starts looking sad.

Why can't you exercise?

I prefer kickboxing.

I lift kettlebells three days a week and run when I can but I can do five kilometers two or three times before a knee or ankle farks off and I have to stop running for weeks while it heals.

I'm bigger than ever from the kettlebells but I haven't punched anybody in months.

Nothing sucks quite like living healthy and injuring myself every time and losing all the ground I had gained and then some during the recovery. My last workout accident was so bad it has left me with a torn rotor cuff and without insurance the repair surgery is right out. It's amazing just how much of my exercise routine requires my whole body and just how hard it is to work out not only with one less arm, but without jarring it in any way at all that re-aggravates the injury.

/wiped out on my bicycle and bounced on my shoulder which took the full impact; it happened so damned fast I didn't have time to brace for the impact. 3 months on and I'm dying from this.


I can still take a hell of a beating but twenty minutes of repetitive bouncing will mess me up.

In the before time I could get my long slow cardio from a elliptical but I'm not going to a gym now even though they're open.

Shoulders injuries suck. I used to damage mine all the time doing capoeira and had to give up on handstands. It turns out even stuff that you think doesn't use that arm uses it for balance.
 
2020-09-24 10:52:14 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The entire nation has PTSD.  At least the ones that have been paying attention.


I'm doing just fine, and I've been paying attention. When you have been seeing problems for your entire life, a couple new ones don't get the attention they probably should. Especially when things aren't as bad as predicted.

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