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Comment Series of tubes (Score 5, Insightful) 432

You know when a non techie talk about the Internet as a series of tubes? This is one of those times but about psychiatric meds.

First off, of course it's wrong if you take meds so you can handle the stress of two full time jobs or assume you can just take a couple of pills and your depression will be gone.

But for most people out there with a psychiatric condition meds and therapy (and some more therapy) is a life saver. The meds will remove some of the symptoms so you can live an almost normal life while therapy helps with the cause for them. A depression is nothing like feeling a bit under the weather, a panic disorder does not go away with a gluten free diet, and grave OCD is as easy to just hold in as Ipecac

Comment Re:Self esteem issue (Score 5, Insightful) 499

We can do a lot to encourage girls as they are growing up, and to remove some of the gendered put-downs like describing them as "bossy" when we say boys who do the exact same thing are leaders.

No we don't. A kid who orders the other kids what to do and how to play is called bossy no matter what gender. A kid who ask the other kids what they want to do and lets everyone get involved with the game is a leader. These are two very different behaviours.

Comment Demand to be challenged (Score 1) 669

As a great American philosopher once said

"Comedy should provoke!
It should blast through prejudices, challenge preconceptions!
Comedy should always leave you different than when it found you.
Sure, humor can hurt, even alienate, but the risk is better than the alternative: a steady diet of innocuous, child-proof, flavorless mush!
Demand to be challenged. To be offended. To be treated like thinking, reasoning adults.
And raise your children to be the same.
Don't let a comedian, a network, a Congressional committee, or an evil genius take away your freedom to laugh at whatever you want."


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