The Unique Struggle of Mental Health Caregivers

One of the reasons depression can put a strain on relationships is because often the caregiver is left without the proper resources. According to the 2016 study, a full quarter of the 8 million mental health caregivers claimed that they have trouble finding a mental health professional for their loved one. Even once a professional is identified, additional services are harder to find; a majority of caregivers report experiencing trouble finding day programs or treatment (64%) or peer support (58%). About half have difficulty arranging a case manager (49%), in-patient treatment (48%), or treatment for substance abuse (45%). Once those resources are found, many caretakers report difficulty navigating the insurance system to get adequate coverage. There simply are not as many resources or services available for mental health caregivers as there are for people caring for those with physical disabilities.

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Dani Fleischer — Medium

Hunting — and Haunted by — a Serial Killer


This is for people who like to read about or watch true crime stories.

The research consumed her, and began to weigh on her. She suffered from insomnia and anxiety. Once, she panicked because she woke up to a scraping sound: A neighbor was dragging his trash can to the curb in the middle of the night, Oswalt said. Another time, when Oswalt tiptoed into their bedroom, trying not to wake her, she mistook him for an intruder and jumped out of bed and swung a lamp at his head. She felt an obligation to solve the case, and was devastated each time she developed a promising theory or zeroed in on a suspect but failed to find sufficient evidence.

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Alexandra Alter — Medium

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Don’t be me


This needull touched me. Most Asian parents work very hard to make sure that their children have a better life. They don’t express their love overtly but then they have their own way.

In spite of his work pride, my dad was still a very practical man. He continued singing the same song “Don’t be me” for a good decade more.

I’ll never pay dad a compliment in the same way he has never once praised me (nope, not even once). We have that kind of relationship where we hurl insults at each other to show affection. So he’d probably never get to hear this…

But Pa, you are exactly the person I want to be.

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Pat Law — Medium

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No, Jesus was not a “NonWhite” refugee who would have voted for …


I like the way Taleb has positioned himself – as a fearless iconoclast. Today’s needull discusses what Jesus would have looked like.

The problem with identity politics is that they are fully ignorant of, among other things, history. And they must be as blind visually as they are intellectually. How did Judeans and Galileans look like at the time of Christ? Not according to your politically driven classifications; and not according to some BS in a 2001 article in Scientific American (based on “scientific” reconstruction of facial features and skin tone from … bones). And don’t assume that Jesus would have voted for neocon hawks, Salafi regimes, rent seeking “educated” bureaucrats and state-worshipping IYIs (intellectual yet idiots) — simply, Jesus wanted a separation of the holy and the profane, (see my article here).

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb — Medium

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History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump


Today’s needull was written in July of this year. Reading it again made more sense. Although, it paints a gloomy picture of the near future, the writer does believe that humanity moves on.

So zooming out, we humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction, generally self imposed to some extent or another. This handy list shows all the wars over time. Wars are actually the norm for humans, but every now and then something big comes along. I am interested in the Black Death, which devastated Europe. The opening of Boccaccio’s Decameron describes Florence in the grips of the Plague. It is as beyond imagination as the Somme, Hiroshima, or the Holocaust. I mean, you quite literally can’t put yourself there and imagine what it was like. For those in the midst of the Plague it must have felt like the end of the world.

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Tobias Stone — Medium

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Are You Fucking Kidding Me

Hillary Clinton

In followup to the old needull – Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am, here is another interesting one.

First off, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to the national news media.

This is for spending more time talking about my emails than all policy issues combined. This is for outsourcing your headline writing to a racist grandpa’s Twitter feed for a year and a half. This is for constantly saying I “am flawed” or “have flaws” …… motherfucker name one!!! My fucking charity that gives HIV meds to poor people? Are you for real with this shit?

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Hillary Clinton [parody] — Medium

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My First Virtual Reality Groping


A very interesting needull. This gives us a glimpse of the future. A future where people would live in virtual reality and laws would be needed to regulate life inside this society.

Remember that little digression I told you about how the hundred foot drop looked so convincing? Yeah. Guess what. The virtual groping feels just as real.Of course, you’re not physically being touched, just like you’re not actually one hundred feet off the ground, but it’s still scary as hell.

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Jordan Belamire — Medium

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I Got Scammed By A Silicon Valley Startup


Today’s needull is a horrible experience of a Silicon Valley startup employee. This is not to generalize all the Silicon Valley startups. There will always be people on the fringes who will do such unethical activities. I am sharing this because it is a compelling read and some parts of it might reflect what we might have faced.

Red flag #4: If you’re a manager and your direct report is hired before you without your engagement, they may not be a good fit and compete for your job.

We had 8 young Chinese employees on H-1B visas with us as developers, limited in experience but eager to please and learn. They end up being the ones to suffer the most. We also had three new business development team members. One of them befriended me quickly (I’ll call him Bruce) and eventually told me that he and the other two were poached from another startup across the hallway by our CEO who wanted a group of friends. Essentially, they were hired bros with ambiguous titles. I quickly leaned on Bruce as a friend (less cautiously than usual) because he seemed like a genuine person who was interested in helping me adjust to the new area.

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Penny Kim — Medium

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Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am


I am not really into the US politics. They concern me as much as an episode of “House of Cards” would. But, I found this parody interesting enough to share.

I’m Hillary goddamn Clinton. I’m a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an insane network of powerful friends. I’m willing to spend the next eight years catching shit on all sides, all so I can fix this fucking country for you. And all you little bitches need to do is get off your asses one goddamn day in November.

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