People are hacking antidepressant doses to avoid withdrawal

A patient-led movement is helping people taking psychiatric to hack their dosing regimens so they can wean themselves off the drugs without any side effects.

newscientist.com/article/21401

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I suspect there's a way to treat kids like this without ceding authority to them as is frequently seen in American parenting, but I'm not a parent myself, so that's all I'm gonna say on that matter.

It's funny too bc kids have liked me ever since I can remember being not-a-kid myself, even when I was not very comfortable with them. I realized why - it's because I don't condescend to them. I often knew when older ppl were acting this way to me when I was small, and I haaated it.

I treat kids like they're full on human beings with agency, not Humans Lite who only get a subset of the consideration offered to Humans Pro. I find people respond positively to this regardless of age.

I also am quite sure now that I get along well with most kids once they're 7 or so. I used to be a lot more uncomfortable around kids for whatever reason, still am a bit with the younger ones, but 6 or 7 is about the age where I can start to relate (and thus they like me better.. it's a two-way street)

It's interesting to watch the social dynamics among children in light of everything I've learned over the past few years from the struggles I've had due to aspects of my own personality.

I should parse my statements carefully here, but I'll just say that now that I've been living with a new set of children for a month, WOW what a difference it makes in their self-sufficiency and general level of annoyingness if you don't coddle the hell out of them every waking moment since birth :P

@CoronaCoreanici I believe it's utterly correct, but I didn't always.

I can feel that soon it will be time for me to return to meditating 40 minutes a day. I'm looking forward to it, because I noticed an increase in insight in my daily life the last time I moved from 30 to 40 minutes.

After the personal upheaval of moving and other uproar which largely kept me from meditation for a couple months, I began again at 20 minutes, and now sit for 30.

I will know when it's time to step it up again.

(Just to clarify occasional boosts, I'm not aligned with anti-psychiatry as a movement, but there are many valid concerns with psychiatry and clinical psychology as it's applied in the West, and sometimes I amplify those concerns for purposes of furthering thought about them.)

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I have to be thankful, despite all the negative impacts on my life from the combination of my traits + environment, I'm in pretty good health for my age. Definitely have problems, definitely have fewer than many people I know around the same age.

The idea I'm getting at is that the very daily-life structure of industrialized societies are in many ways a poor fit for ADHD brains. And that BTW this isn't our fault.

It may be a problem we each have to learn to deal with for ourselves, if for no other reason than because each of us can find a way to adapt to this strange civilization much faster than it will ever adapt to us. But IMO the location of The Problem(tm) with is exactly in the mismatch between trait and culture.

I think many people really Can't Do alienated labor, at least not as a primary vocation, and expect to succeed at it (whatever that means), or have a life that's in balance, or be content. There are surely some exceptions, but I think this likely is true for a lot of us.

Perhaps this was much less a problem for ADHD brains in 95% of all human professions before, say, 1800. Your labor may have sucked, but you weren't alienated from it.

My hyperfocus tendency definitely follows a cyclical pattern, and it has a very noticeable impact on my experience in meditation.

I perceive the pattern, and I know it has physical (diet, sleep, activity, light exposure) and mental (emotional, psychological, attention diet) inputs, but I don't understand it.

I need to journal more and let my subconscious chew on it thus. I think I can crack it in under 2 years if I'm diligent.

How do you define 'taking care of yourself'? Create a new self-care practice today. Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself. Discomfort is a wise teacher. ~ Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso

I discovered that my UI-challenged meditation timer app has been adding 7 minutes to each sit for most of the time since I relocated. Bonus, lol.

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