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existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/nononono
existentialaquarius 14 points

This happened to my 23 year old cousin just a couple of weeks ago. He had just moved to a new city with his girlfriend, and he was driving home late after work one night -- being in a new city, he didn't know his way around well and he accidentally got on the interstate the wrong way, driving up the exit ramp instead of the regular ramp, which just happened to be located right next to each other. He crashed into a car head on and died at the scene. A lot of people are dumbasses (like the guy in this post), but some people really don't intend for this kind of thing to happen.

TrolliciousCuisine 706 points

. . .but Procris, with a protective herb, lay with Minos with impunity.

Who is this "Procris"? Why would she sleep with a man who ejaculates serpents, scorpions, and centipedes?! Her page says:

After fleeing to Minos, she helped cure the king of Minos of his genital sickness, and was given a dog whom no quarry could escape and an infallible javelin

No mention of her having sexual relations with Minos. There is a clear bias in Pasiphaë's article and I suspect she wrote it herself. Greek drama lives on in the modern age.

existentialaquarius 340 points

His "genital sickness" -- I love a good Greek euphemism

existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/television
existentialaquarius 13 points

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.

existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/mentalillness
existentialaquarius 8 points

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!

TherapyNT 5 points

Unfortunately there is not much you can do to convince your sister she has a problem. I work in a psychiatric facility and I often have conversations with families just like yours. Often people suffering from bipolar disorder refuse to be medication compliant. It is very difficult to see someone you live suffering, and it is also frustrating if they can’t see the danger they are in. I am a firm believer that connection is key. Make sure your sister knows she is supported. People with mental disorders often feel abandoned and alone. And of course I recommend you find a therapist to process this with, as it is probably a very stressful time for you. It is hard to not feel angry, which then makes you feel guilty. You need a confidential third party you can vent to so you can process. And maybe your sister will follow your lead if your whole family is supportive of you seeing a therapist!

existentialaquarius 2 points

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.

existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/science
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existentialaquarius 32 points

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!!!

existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/BigBrother
existentialaquarius 9 points

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.

slawter12 3 points

David Cage games are the closest in play style. Beyond Two Souls, the upcoming Detroit: Become Human game, and Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy. The first is the only one on PS4 as of now I believe.

Life is Strange is probably the closest in similar play structure and has a bit of a twist that makes multiple play throughs funner.

Other than that, the "Fate" system is very similar to Tell Tale games.

fantoman 1 point

You can get a European physical import of Heavy Rain/Beyond Two Souls for PS4

existentialaquarius 1 point

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

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existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/investing
existentialaquarius 8 points

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.

existentialaquarius commented on a post in r/westworld
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existentialaquarius 88 points

What is this a crossover episode?

xxkoloblicinxx 1,202 points

"Oh wait, the safety was on."

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existentialaquarius 264 points

Brrap brrap pew pew

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