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mental health mondays :: taking a mental health day

metal wealth monday?
since i haven't had a chance to think through doing something smart and/ or informative, i've decided [not for the first time -ed.] to let this week's mental health monday be about what others have to say. enjoy hearing other opinions for once!

personality disorders made easy :: a very good nuts-and-bolts look at different personality disorder groups. there's a link at the bottom of the post that takes you to more detailed explanations on specific disorders.

what's new? :: not much, according to the delightful brain behind neuroskeptic, at least not in the world of antidepressants.

war of words :: i had this article recommended to me, and it's an interesting piece on the battle that's shaping the upcoming revision of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. i say "interesting" rather than "informative", because i think he raises valid concerns about the possible stigmatization of merely eccentric behaviour, but i could spot a few factual errors [anti-psychotics are not more prescribed than heart or cholesterol medications] and those that i could spot make me wonder how well-researched the other facts he cites are. [bonus points for the pixies-inspired title.]

stroop-a-doop :: a bit of cognitive fun...

mhm will be back in its regular form next week, assuming that i can make myself stop watching american politics on the television, which i swear is making me dumber by the minute.

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am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

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