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ICE Confines Some Detainees With Mental Illness in Solitary for Months
Detention centers have filed more reports of detainees being held in solitary confinement, according to federal records obtained by Freedom of Information Act.
Many experts view solitary confinement as tantamount to torture under certain conditions, especially if it is prolonged.
Hey, remember all that stuff I said about how most of us don't get enough light during the day, and how it tends to be really bad for people with mood & sleep disorders?
This plus a timer makes a cheap to near-free #DIY solution:
Turning Broken TVs & Monitors Into Realistic Artificial Daylight
TL;DR the optical layers in a flat panel display make its light act like natural daylight in a room. Use stock light source or replace with 12/24V high-CRI daylight LED strips.
One of the biggest gaps where neurotypicals Just Don't Get It is their lack of understanding of how incredible an energy drain it can be on neurodivergent people to deal with just about anything. Let alone conflict.
I mean, have a fight over texts with some rando you knew online for 10 years and anybody might be upset for a couple days. But like... I'm so drained I feel like I need a nap after climbing one flight of stairs. It took me 90 minutes to get dinner in the crock pot. I'm exhausted.
autism parents, functioning labels/categories, ableism Show more
also, culturally, being able to read is...sighs, this sort of sorting stack for a lot of parents and teachers. "oh ok, you're improving!" it's kind of...ugh.
this was *literally* my childhood, and i'm far from alone in that. what happens if someone isn't hyperlexic, or no one notices or cares? how does that break down in terms for those of us in other marginalized demographics as well? just putting that out there.
At least this one was able to have a conversation about it (to an extent) and not spin lie after lie while smiling and backing slowly towards the door. I attribute this mainly to the fact that they were not born in the United States and didn't move here young enough to be poisoned with that particular value set.
I broke up with an online friend of nearly 15 years this morning. It was an important relationship but the writing was on the wall for a long time.
I really don't understand people who consider a friendship to be "close" when they have put zero effort into maintaining it for an extended period.
It's almost certain that there are aspects of these situations which I'm not understanding, but it seems the common element is that they act like relationships are disposable and attention is fungible.
do not call the cops on people who have "a weird affect"
do not call the cops on people who are talking to themselves
do not call the cops on people who seem confused or seem to be experiencing delusions
do not call the cops on people who are hallucinating, communicating in word salad, or are not "making sense".
barbaric american health care Show more
As if on cue from earlier discussion of the sorry state of mental health treatment, I found an email from the judgey nurse working with the primary care physician currently "managing" my rather finely balanced med regime, asking me if I was taking the controlled medication because they didn't find it in the monthly piss test they make me take in order to get it. The problem is, it's clearly listed in the results - they read them wrong. *sigh*
Somebody posted one/some links about autistic burnout and I lost the toot because I'm stuck on the web UI here.. this is one.. can anyone link me to the original toot? https://boren.blog/2017/01/26/autistic-burnout-the-cost-of-coping-and-passing/
(empathy vs. compassion) the "bitterness problem" Show more
still with me? ok, good.
so, in sum:
- yes, we can empathize
- if anything, many of us "empathize too much" (hyperempathy)
- what is also true is that many of us have difficulties understanding non-autistics, neurotypical non-autistics in particular (and likewise, they have a hard time understanding us)
- as well as having less ability around *cognitive* empathy, but we frequently can compensate with *affective* empathy. basically, "perspective-taking with NTs" vs" "using our mind to understand someone's situation" (in other words, sympathy, more or less).
- so much so, that many of us are hyperempathic and/or will help others more than non-autistics will, but only if there's no reward for it
(empathy vs. compassion) the "bitterness problem" Show more
first things first:
everything that gets said about autistic people, and about our ability to empathize? as in, "you can't do it"?
throw it out.
that's right, in the trash.
I likened it enough to mild TBI symptoms a while back that I started trying to do that "cognitive rest" thing they do with actual TBIs. Just winging it. Since this is evidently going to keep happening I suppose I should dream up more of a standard protocol for myself to do.
Paying attention to physical support like proper sleep and good food and hydration is really important and can make the difference between being a little muddled for a while vs it building into a mood episode.
I feel like I have a mild concussion minus the headaches. From stress. This is what my therapist at the ADHD specialist clinic in my old city didn't really understand by the time I moved away. I get stress dementia that lasts for days or weeks. It's fucking creepy and weird and not normal and it's vexing that none of these professionals seem terribly concerned with it.
barbaric US healthcare Show more
I went to get a med refill, and because one of my meds is a controlled substance they sprung an unannounced urine screen on me and I had to sign papers saying I'd submit to unannounced urinalysis, including showing up within 2 hours of a request.
In practice they're just going to test me monthly when I get seen for a refill to make sure I'm actually taking it. Or so they say. But that means I have to go somewhere monthly to get my medication when I don't have a car.
following mh topics; talking to anyone
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