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  • My understanding is that antidepressants only cause people to become a danger to themselves because, in the beginning, it gives very depressed people just enough energy to follow through on their suicidal ideation. If they stay on the meds for several months, the depression dissipates, and they are far less likely to harm themselves.

    I've been on wellbutrin for about 4 years now, and it not only helped my depression, it definitely helped curb some of my addictions. I honestly consider it to be one of the reasons I'm still alive. I would definitely recommend it for depression, and although using it for addictions like smoking feels a bit like hitting a thumbtack with a hammer, I can definitely confirm that it's effective.

    It sounds like you were able to kick the habit while only being on the meds for a short time. I'm glad it worked for you!

  • Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US, a new study says
  • Wait, this is after giving up cannabis? That is not normal at all. There might be something else going on. I've gone from heavy smoker for years to completely sober over night and then maintained my sobriety for months without any adverse effects. I've probably done this 5 times in my life. I've literally never heard of anything similar to your withdrawal situation happening to anyone with cannabis.

  • Mississippi governor signs bill to let cis people sue trans people if they use the bathroom
  • It's interesting to me that I only ever hear men complaining about this issue. That might not be reality, but from what I've seen, men are using "protect our women" as a reason for this hateful legislation when most of the women they are "protecting" don't really care.

    Could be confirmation bias.

  • So sweet
  • I feel like this is an extreme reduction of actual communication impediments and/or preferences. I, personally, have a lot of anxiety about my real-time verbal communication. I grew up in a time well before texting, and yet, making phone calls continues to be difficult for me. I do it constantly at my job, but no level of experience has taken that anxiety away. You may call that emotionally stunted, but what makes it so? It seems to me to be a reasonable reaction to the world we live in and the energy that is required to engage.

    I am a great public speaker, assuming that I've had time to prepare. The difference for me lies in the reaction time. When I send a text or email, I don't have the pressure to respond instantly which allows me to create a well thought-out and appropriate response that often provides an actual solution to the problem presented instead of stilted responses about how I'll look into that and get back to you. You never know what someone is going to bring up, so you don't always know how to prepare. Some people are better on the page than they are verbally. Personal relationships with the person on the phone make it easier, but not as easy as a text message.

    You sound like an extroverted person. Do you feel energized after talking to others? If so, that's great, but remember that for others, where you gain energy, they lose it. Communication and engagement are exhausting for many people. Some people are very good at quick responses, but that doesn't mean that they are right. It doesn't mean they are wrong either, but not everyone has that particular skill set, just as others aren't as skilled at writing.

    To say that people are emotionally stunted or socially immature because they prefer one method of communication over another implies that your method is the best method, and all others need to conform. Why? It's a preference. Neither is wrong, and forcing others to conform to your arbitrary standards is both silly and impeding for many. Telling people to buck up doesn't solve the issue, and just makes it seem like a personal failing when likely these people just actually give a crap about their social standing and don't want to put their energy into a verbal battle with someone who thinks they are great at this aggressive version of conversation.

    And no, not all conversations are aggressive, but many of us have learned that it's more common than you'd expect and that it's extremely difficult to participate in such a conversation.

    My point here is that you shouldn't minimalize people because they don't prefer phone calls. Most of the time, we're competent adults with different preferences, and an ad hominem attack is completely unnecessary, just as an attack on your grammar would be similarly unhelpful and pedantic. Success is not built on or defined by your personal preferences.

  • Man Sets Himself on Fire Near Courthouse Where Trump Is on Trial
  • That is an interesting theory. It might also be coupled with the size of the population. We have an ever increasing, massive number of people in the world, and the connectedness might just show us how little our individualized voices are heard without doing something as severe as lighting yourself on fire.

  • When you donate, do you ever think of the person that gets your blood and how high their hospital bill will be?
  • I don't know which country you're from, but in the US, there is a very good reason they no longer pay people for blood donations. They used to. But, they found that having it be donation based plays on people's guilt, and they are far more likely to donate when they feel guilty or empathetic or like a hero or whatever emotion gets you up and out to the donation center.

    On the other hand, when they pay you for it, people tend to ignore it, because the average person doesn't really need the money, and since it has become a business transaction, they don't have to feel guilty about not participating. Donation rates are much higher when the donors aren't paid. They don't lack funds; they lack donors, and this was a quick, easy solution to the problem.

  • YSK : Dark patterns among large companies are becoming more mainstream
  • I am running into this problem at work all the time! I am a Millennial who does corporate training for new recruits in a field that we will almost completely train you on. I.e. you don't have to have a specific degree or certification because we'll train you on the job.

    I have found that almost all of the Gen Z hires don't have more than a basic level of computer literacy. They didn't learn the hard way in middle school that if you don't save your essay, it will be deleted. They had auto-save. They don't how to ctrl+alt+delete to get to their task manager to force shut down a frozen program because they (often) used chromebooks or phones/tablets where it was basically an internet machine that could be restarted if need be, but didn't have more involved software. They have never had to troubleshoot issues with burning data onto a CD (archaic, I know, but our job requires it). They don't know how to format a lot of things in Word because Google docs does a lot of it for you (or doesn't even have the option). Hell, they don't always know what a proper address on a letter looks like because they don't send snail mail - although this only relates to tech in the formatting and printing of letters.

    So now I'm training them on the new material they have to learn for the job, but also computer intricacies that I learned in middle school on my Gateway computer with like 1 gig of ram and floppy disks. When you needed to format something perfectly for school, but nothing was user friendly, you had to learn a lot of weird tricks and workarounds.

    They are generally still better at using the computer than Gen X or Boomers, but the Millenials get computers on a different level because we grew with the tech. Gen Z can pick up new software quicker, but still don't always get how things actually work.

    I also thought that as true digital natives, they would know a lot more than they actually do. I agree with the likelihood that we will more than likely have to translate for our elders and the younger generation as well.

  • World faces ‘deathly silence’ of nature as wildlife disappears, warn experts
  • Yeah, me too. I read articles like this and just cry inside (and maybe a little outside) because we are watching our world's ruin in slow motion, and it seems like so few care. Certainly not enough people care to make changes happen on the scale we need.

  • Suggest me your most gripping page-turners
  • The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Please note that the series is not (and may never be) complete. Also, the main character is very... perfect. But, the books will eat up an entire weekend. It's one of those where I finished the first basically without stopping, and then ran to Barnes and Noble to get the second book.

  • Hormel settles pork price-fixing lawsuits for $11 million
  • I would like this, but let's also add in government oversight. You got caught doing something illegal in order to make more money? Your punishment is having a government official (or several) watch and check everything you do for the next 10 years to make sure everything you're doing is legally up to snuff. Because when you're naughty, mom watches you closer.

  • I used to be with it, then they changed what "it" is
  • It was my understanding that pwn mean you are "owning" them in like a winning way. Like instead of Saying "I just owned you" when you win at something, you say "I just pwned you."

    Am I way off? Does it have a new meaning? I'm so far out of the loop these days.

  • Teacher faces termination after calling in sick for 2 days to attend a concert in Nashville, district says
  • Yeah, but Canadians don't want to work as a teacher in the US. Like, it would be a bad idea for y'all because you would lose so much. We treat our teachers far worse. You'd get crappier pay, be treated like dirt by a large chunk of the populace, run the ever-increasing chance of getting shot on the job, and have to start paying health insurance premiums out of you light paycheck.