Offering a psychiatric diagnosis of someone you have never personally examined erodes the credibility of psychiatry as a medical specialty.

I agree with this 100%! I had never heard about the Goldwater Rule until reading this article, but I think it definitely needs to be applied here!

“You can be a jerk without having a mental illness. It is actually demeaning to the many nice people who happen to have a mental illness to assume that when someone acts like a jerk, he or she must have a mental illness.”

I think “jerk” is a polite way of describing Trump, but I completely agree with the message here. We don’t know what goes on in Trump’s mind.

Sure he says a lot of things he shouldn’t (I’m trying to stick to the theme of being polite here), especially on Twitter, but none of these things on their own indicate mental illness. If anything they indicate what his personality type is. It indicates that he is probably self-centred and likes attention, good or bad, which I think is why the media needs to ignore him more. Problem is, for some reason, this man was elected President of the United States and the media cannot ignore the president because he is running a country! That’s kind of a big deal.

That still doesn’t give the public the right to try and diagnose him from afar. All you see is the public version of Trump. The private version could be very different, we just don’t know. We can’t know. We can assume, but keep in mind that people with mental illnesses are often very good actors and often come across very differently to the world than what is happening inside their minds. There’s just no way to know what is really going on in Trump’s mind and you cannot diagnose him my his public image.

I’m a web developer. I’m a techie. I have fairly severe social anxiety (I’m apparently pretty good at hiding it though). Why the heck does online dating terrify me?

It doesn’t really make sense. At least not on the surface.

I think the reason people think online dating is easier for those with social anxiety, is because you can get to know people without interacting face to face and decide whether or not to meet them.

Honestly, for me it’s a lot harder. I’m not entirely sure why. I’m sure I can’t be alone in this. As uncomfortable as I am meeting new people in person, I feel like it’s easier to read them and get a more genuine conversation out of them. There’s something about hiding behind a computer that terrifies me. Even though my life is spent on the internet, it terrifies me. Yet being out and interacting with people is extremely exhausting. I feel like I can’t win.

Does anyone else find online dating extremely nerve wracking?

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I know this is a little of topic from my usual posts, but I couldn’t not share it.

How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students

I had always leaned more towards pro-life because I knew that abortion was killing a human being and common sense told me there really aren’t any good reasons to have an abortion. Because I don’t work in the medical field, or anywhere close to it, I was entirely unaware of most of the information presented in this article.

I am now 100%, without question, pro-life.

The fact that the baby is entirely it’s own being is the key point here. The baby simply exists inside the mother to develop and grow, just like a baby bird begins it’s life inside an egg. The different parts of the human body need to be developed before the baby can survive outside the womb (or egg, in the case of a bird).

Note: the article does not make any references birds at all, this is just a logical conclusion I’ve drawn based on the presented information. Maybe this gives you some insight into how my mind works.

The fact that the baby has the placenta and umbilical cord as a means to separate and protect the baby from the mother as well as the mother from the baby, rather than to connect them, is even more significant. The baby is being assisted in its growth and development by living inside its mother, but it is not part of the mother.

This also explains why women are able to be surrogates and carry a child that is genetically not their child, because the baby is never actually a part of them, it simply grows inside of them. – Another logical conclusion made on my part, and not brought up in the article.

If we laid eggs, like birds, being a surrogate could, in theory, be the same as sitting on another woman’s egg to keep it safe and warm until it is ready to hatch, and then the mother can take over raising it.

The thing that really got me, that I never even considered, is that people believe that abortion does not hurt the baby. In the one type of abortion described, labour is induced and the baby is born, alive, and it dies outside of the mother because it is not developed enough to breathe on its own yet. But another type of abortion described, using saline, shocked me even more.

“Immediately the baby recoiled in pain as the saline started burning its skin.”

The baby feels pain! Even at that young. Knowing a nurse, who was pro-choice at the time, witnessed that and was brought to tears by it is profound. I know I would have had the same reaction, no matter what my beliefs were.

I have a tendency to feel very deeply, and empathize with others very easily, even when I don’t want to or have no experience in the particular situation that I am empathizing with. So the thought of seeing a baby, recoil in pain, even while still inside the mother hit me pretty hard, even though I’ve never been pregnant and have no children of my own.

For me, this article simply confirmed and reinforced my existing beliefs and provided more logic to defend them, but I hope that it will make others reconsider their current beliefs.

If you’re still 100% pro-choice after reading this article in its entirety, well…..that’s your business. Good luck defending your position without logic or facts on your side. Not to be rude or anything, but that’s all I can say.

Just came across this article on Facebook, and in it, something caught my attention. It mentions a quote that the girl in the article, Meagan, found and it gave her the push she needed to share her story. And that quote perfectly summarizes why I have this blog.

“The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives.”

On the days when it’s harder to post certain things, I struggle with this, but all I was it to make a difference in someone’s life.

That is all. I just really wanted to share that.