World’s largest psychiatric association to denounce gay conversion “therapy” as harmful.

This is pretty swank.  The World Psychiatric Association, the largest and most influential such body on earth, is about to make it clear that gay-conversion “therapy” is ineffective and dangerous: The association will release a report tomorrow that will declare its opposition “to any attempts to turn LGBT people heterosexual,” in reference to the effectiveness [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Tattoo artist offers free tattoos to cover up scars from self-harm.

Good morning, all!  Here’s a touching story out of Australia: Tattoo apprentice Whitney Develle, 22, posted to Instagram and Facebook last week to pledge one to two days a week giving free tattoos to those eager to conceal old scars. The post has since gone viral, receiving thousands of likes and shares. Due to high demand, Ms [Read More…]

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Update on my mental health: adjustment period.

In life you have to take the bitter with the sweet.  The sweet since starting back on my meds far and away exceeds the bitter!  I feel great.  My mood is consistently good.  I feel my brain trying to make me ruminate and/or depress me, but it’s far beneath the surface and easy to ignore. [Read More…]

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I think Bernie Sanders’ debate comment on mental illness sent the wrong message.

So last night at the Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders made this joke: I get the joke.  What’s more, I’m not even opposed to jokes about mental health disorder (you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who finds jokes about anorexia funnier than I, a recovering anorexic). That being said, it feels like Bernie, even in jest, [Read More…]

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An update of my mental state: meds starting to work.

Yesterday my meds started really kicking in.  That’s not unusual for me.  SSRIs have always been a really good treatment for me and start to work their magic rapidly.  For most people they take about two weeks, for some it’s a month. Anyway, it’s a wonderful feeling. I feel like the world is more colorful. [Read More…]

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Bottoms up.

It was actually a pretty long hike to get these.  I had an appointment with my new doctor (who has effing awesome, I’m really optimistic about him).  I got the prescription, went to pick it up, and found out that hardly anybody is contracted with my insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City).  Finally got [Read More…]

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TN Senate passes bill that would let therapists reject gay patients.

The Tennessee State Senate has passed a bill that would permit therapists to reject patients on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” a phrase frequently associated with people trying to create a state of inequality for LGBT people, but who want it to sound rosier — like they’re the real victims: Therapists and counselors [Read More…]

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A game of inches.

I let myself go over Christmas, and have been trying to fix it ever since.  Once each week on Friday, at ten in the morning right after a shower.  That’s a trick, you see.  You always weigh less in the morning and after a shower (test it, you’ll see). Scrub extra hard in the shower [Read More…]

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Where have I been?

Back in April, you would have seen me and thought that I was incredibly motivated. I had just gotten my equipment so that I could make talking videos on YouTube, and the American Atheists Convention made me even more excited; that was when I met some awesome people in the community (including JT Eberhard). After posting [Read More…]

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Secular Therapy Project selects a new director!

One of the things I most support in the atheist movement is the Secular Therapy Project.  People don’t need a therapist who isn’t using evidence-based therapy or who is using their position as a therapist to evangelize to people at their weakest moments. I got a press release in my inbox this morning announcing that [Read More…]

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