Mother of Fallen ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman Says Hollywood Covers Up Safety Problems Like It Does Sex Abuse by BunyipPouch in television

[–]existentialaquarius 12 points13 points  (0 children)

On the subject of safety in hollywood, I want to bring up a great cause Safety For Sarah. This nonprofit started because a camera operator, Sarah Jones, was tragically killed while working on the set of a film. Her story sparked a serious discussion about safety on sets, and I think this goes hand in hand with the story mentioned here.

We're licensed mental health professionals here to answer your questions. Ask Us Anything! by iTherapy in mentalillness

[–]existentialaquarius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to respond! I really appreciate it. You've confirmed what we've thought all along -- that the best thing we can do right now is to just be here for her and continue to support her as she continues to make progress. You've truly hit the nail on the head with each point you brought up. While I'm happy my sister is beginning to get better, it's been a very frustrating process for me and my parents, and at times I've felt resentful towards my sister. Of course I don't blame her for any of this, though, because I know it's beyond her control. It's been a difficult time for my family, but we have an endless amount of love for my sister, so I hope she will be able to get the help she needs one day, and we'll be here to help her along the way until she gets there.

If you have any additional advice on loving, helping or living with someone struggling with bipolar disorder, I'd love to hear more, as I just want to do as much for my sister right now as I can. Thank you so much again for your response. It's incredibly reassuring to hear from others who've seen first-hand what we're going through right now, because it's completely new territory for us, as no one else in our family has ever dealt with mental illness. My family has essentially been "winging it" when it comes to trying to help my sister, so to read something from someone who truly knows what we're experiencing is very comforting.

We're licensed mental health professionals here to answer your questions. Ask Us Anything! by iTherapy in mentalillness

[–]existentialaquarius 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hi, thanks so much for doing this AMA! I'd love to get some insight from you on a recent mental health development in my family.

My sister (age 28) recently went through a mental breakdown that has left my family unsure of how to fully help her. Prior to ~May 2017, she never showed any signs of issues with her mental health. However, after getting married last March, she did a 180 and began displaying concerning symptoms. - after being with the same man for almost 10 years and just getting married, asked her husband for a divorce and demand he move out of their house. - slowly stopped showing up to work, missing days here or there or leaving and not coming back, then altogether quitting her job - withdrawing from family and friends - ticks and twitching - signs that it appeared she was talking to herself (mouthing words to herself, laughing for no reason, just signs that it seemed like she was having full silent conversations with herself in an unusual way)

My family was concerned, but we chalked a lot of it up to the dissolution of her marriage, because we figured she was just going through a rough time and needed a mental break from all her stresses.

All of this led up to a sad and disturbing experience in September. My sister is one of my best friends, so she's always felt comfortable talking to me. She called me randomly one day in September and asked me if I ever talk to myself or hear voices. Over the course of the call she revealed to me that she'd been hearing voices talk to her (which she said were celebrities voices -- drake, future, lil Wayne) and that the voices would "buzz her" and take control of her body. She said the voices showed up to hurt her but then didn't and stuck around because she was too much fun... she called me that day because the voices told her they were going to "buzz me" that day, and she wanted to warn me. Towards the end of that call she said, "I probably just killed myself warning you," so of course my family and I were worried that she might harm herself. She later told me that the voices told her to do things and she'd do it without knowing why, and we were now worried that she could be capable of harming others.

Of course, this led to a whole situation where my family ended up at my sisters house that day. We tried to convince her to go to a general physician (she'd been having severe chest pains throughout this whole episode, so we suggested it under the guise she should get that checked out), but she refused. We were concerned for her well-being and safety, so my mother and I went to our local mental health services place (I can't remember exactly what it's called) and we had her taken to the hospital against her will. It was a very sad and tragic day for everyone involved, but we felt it necessary.

She was put into a mental health facility for just over a week, and while there they diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and prescribed various medicines including mood stabilizers. However, since coming home (she's staying with me and my parents right now), she's seen a new doctor who allegedly says she does not have bipolar disorder and changed her prescriptions back to her original medicines prior to being held (adderall, an anxiety medicine and a depression medicine).

Since we don't have access to my sisters medical records, we don't know if she's lying about this new diagnosis, but her prescribed medicines have indeed changed.

She's also still displayed troubling symptoms (signs she's talking to herself on some days, a preoccupation with the "voices" that were talking to her aka the rap artists I previously mentioned, disappearing for hours on some days, and more). But she's also had good days where we have seen improvement. She's back at her old job, she's eating regularly again and she's functioning more like her old self. Her good days are more consistent now, but she still has bad ones.

Throughout all of this, my sister has adamantly said that she's not crazy (not that we've ever used that term). She told doctors and my parents that her phone call was just her messing with me (it wasn't, I have the call recorded and we found a notebook full of handwritten notes at her house that corroborate her hearing voices). However, she denies hearing any voices at all.

My sister and I haven't discussed the experience since she'd come to live with us, because our relationship was initially strained (she told me everything on the phone under secrecy, and she blamed me for telling our parents), so I don't know how she feels about it all now. But my family and I are still heavily concerned about getting her any help that she needs, but we don't know how to help her if she doesn't want it.

So, I apologize for the long post, but I thought the backstory was necessary for this. I'd just really love your take on: - How do you make someone realize that they are mentally ill? - How can you encourage someone who thinks they're perfectly healthy to get help?

Thank you for any insight you provide!

My dad's old desk, which features his family's childhood photographs by existentialaquarius in mildlyinteresting

[–]existentialaquarius[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't remember the full backstory for this, but I believe one of his siblings put this together for him as a gift -- fun fact: he's one of 14 kids! My dad was born in 1957 so these pictures are probably all around the 60s-early 80s.

Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. by Wagamaga in science

[–]existentialaquarius 32 points33 points  (0 children)

This isn't necessarily a long-term fix, but I thought it might be helpful -- when I had trouble with sleeping and anxiety, I discovered a "sleep hypnosis" app that consistently helps me fall asleep. I don't really believe in the idea of hypnosis, but it's more of a meditation walk-through to help you relax into sleep. This might be something that could be help to you as you search for other solutions. I'm not sure if it's available for all devices (I use iOS), but it's called Sleep Well Hypnosis by Surf City Apps. I also really love another "Hypnosis" app the group makes for losing weight (this one also just helps me sleep consistently, as the meditation walk through is very soothing). The apps are available for free, but you can select to upgrade for a few dollars, and I've found I prefer the upgraded versions. I'd definitely suggest just trying out the free versions, though, and seeing how you feel.

Additionally, I can't attest to the groups other apps, but they do have different ones available for depression, anxiety, exercise, self-esteem and more, which you might like or find helpful.

Also, if the Surf City sleep app doesn't work for you, I've found that Relax & Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold (also available as an app for iOS) also helps put me to sleep!

These are just something I listened to as I lay in bed at night whenever I'm ready to fall asleep. It works either with headphones in or without.

Hope this can be of help to you!!!

Songs about South Carolina! by literallyatree in southcarolina

[–]existentialaquarius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Adding more SC-based musicians to the list: sequoyah prep school, susto, stop light observations

is the lighting different in the jury house? by meldiaz in BigBrother

[–]existentialaquarius 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Probably has something to do with staged filming with different cameras and an actual crew -- I wouldn't be surprised if they had actual pop up filming lights for these quick segments. This vs. being in the house where it's all shitty fluorescent lighting and no crew to position them (for day-to-day feeds and recreational things) or to adjust filming elements in real time.

Game recs needed: similar to Until Dawn by existentialaquarius in gaming

[–]existentialaquarius[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ahh thank you so much for this tip! I really appreciate it!

Game recs needed: similar to Until Dawn by existentialaquarius in gaming

[–]existentialaquarius[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for the recommendation! I'll look into that one for sure :)

Game recs needed: similar to Until Dawn by existentialaquarius in gaming

[–]existentialaquarius[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sincere thanks for the thoughtful reply; this is extremely helpful!

Game recs needed: similar to Until Dawn by existentialaquarius in gaming

[–]existentialaquarius[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm a girl, but thank you for taking the time to respond; I appreciate it!

Crabs ripping apart octopus by village___rapist in natureismetal

[–]existentialaquarius 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I guess you could say they were feeling a little... crabby.

What are your relationship green flags? by [deleted] in AskReddit

[–]existentialaquarius 121 points122 points  (0 children)

He told me that on my salty days (days where I'm awful because I'm in a bad mood), I'm "still an 8.3 on the lovable scale".

I know I can be a real pain in the ass to deal with when I'm in one of my funks, so finding someone who can not only put up with me, but love me through it, is something I've never experienced before, and it's incredible. When you find the right person, relationships are such a gift, and I'm just so happy to have finally found that person.

You the only father that I ever knew... by Arcane_Kani in pics

[–]existentialaquarius 65 points66 points  (0 children)

I get my bitch pregnant, imma be a better you

What is the modern day rendition of the Intelligent Investor or what is a good follow up book that covers modern day investing? by Sylph3r in investing

[–]existentialaquarius 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If you want to start with some light investing reading, a really great resource is [Investopedia](www.investopedia.com). It has a wide range of specific personal finance and investing advice articles, as well as definitions and explanations of common finance terminology.