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healthglo July 27, 2020

I noticed in Mary’s insta she always has on a necklace shaped like Tasmania which to me says her and Conor are a thing. Lots of photos of Tassie on there also. 

healthglo July 16, 2020

My brother is in the throws of mania right now. He has a diagnosis of schizophrenia but his current symptoms are manic. - He thinkd he is a famous/writer/DJ/singer who has had his works stolen by certain famous radio DJ’s or family and stays awake all night sending me copies of his novel he claims Keanu Reeves is turning into a play. 

We have a fraught relationship as his paranoia is often directed at me is abusive, nasty and vulgar ways. After the 25th death/rape  for stealing his millions I block him on Facebook/phone for a bit until I think he’s calmed down and unblock awaiting contact.    
I want to be a supportive sibling - despite him being a fairly repugnant person ( this is nothing to do with mental illness but his actual personality). He reached out again yesterday sending me his “book” to read and wanting me to unblock me phone so we can talk.  I guess I will but I am scared he will start thinking I have stolen this book as well and the threats will ramp up again.   Our mother is dead and he is an unhealthy man in his fifties with not a lot going for him. He is alone in the world. I sometimes think at least when he is manic he thinks he is amazing, creative, achieving things. When reality hits he feels worthless and has not achieved anything and sorry for some past sins( crimes).    
I wish I new how to defect not engage with his unstable behaviour. I usually change the topic when he talks about DJ’s who have stolen his work or which celebrities are starring in his film. I don’t want to encourage or validate it. 
Any suggestions on how to interact with someone in the grasp of mental illness ? 

healthglo July 14, 2020

@cat - we obviously both agree disadvantaged people need support. But I just don’t think throwing cash is the smartest or most supportive way. I know poverty, it my family, my friends, my career, the area I work.  There are smarter ways to use available cash to raise people up. People from generational poverty need way more then cash to change their lives and sometimes the cash causes more problems then it fixes. That is the reality. Different targeted solutions for different circumstances and people is what we need. 

healthglo July 14, 2020

That’s was a fairly accurate summation of that time. I really miss the social aspects of little kids. I am more isolated now with less time to form bonds with other women. it really was the best years of my life. 

healthglo July 6, 2020

@cat . I do think someone who has just lost a regular income with have debts higher then someone accustomed to a lower wage. You can’t just find a cheaper rental overnight or Stop your car payments, hence why I think an  adjustment period In a time of forced unemployment is fair. Time to either find a new job or down size the rental, sell the car etc. 

Life is not equal. We should target help to those that need it is a way that is useful and not another barrier to a better life.   Many people have addictions, it’s just easier to cope/ hide with them if you have a job to pay for it.  Long term unemployed under a certain age usually have real issues why they don’t work and addiction or mental health is right up there. I and not talking out my arse- these are my friends, my siblings my step sister. More money doesn’t make them equal. More support and safe house is what makes a change. My step sister was unemployed for 30 years but now has a job at Kmart are targeted support and easing back into work in a way that built her confidence. She is still an alcoholic and stoner but it’s more in control now.
My brother was helped by finally getting into supported housing with all meals provided and supervision as he has schizophrenia. Giving him more money when living alone should have just make his situation worse. Having a public trustee and NDIS has been a life changer- but not until his live was a rock bottom mess.  my other friends and sibling are lucky enough to to now be in public housing after years of waiting and living in squalid/ sub standard condition and the stability is helpful. They extra money they have been getting has not been a blessing though as it has literally gone on drugs/ alcohol.  I can think of better ways to spend money on them that might actually create positive change.   It’s not about being equal- but offering support to those that need it most in a way that actually helps.  If it was equal we would all be getting money for nothing. 

healthglo July 4, 2020

@cat people recently unemployed often have bigger outgoings - ie mortgage payments higher rent etc so losing a job suddenly is pretty drastic if you don’t have a lot of savings. They are not a better class of person but they do have an acute money flow issue that is not their doing with lockdowns etc.   Long term unemployed often have reasons they can’t work/hard to employ and I just don’t think throwing cash only is the solution- more social housing so people are not paying ridiculous rent and free medication I do think would make a huge difference to stability and quality of life.  I speak from experience - I come from a low socioeconomic back ground. Half my childhood friends now 40 have not really worked and have barriers to employment - like severe addiction and mental health issues that money will not address. Money just gets turned into junk and alcohol.  This friend who has kids was homeless for a year due to severe housing shortages and long waits for housing.  WhAt would help her is better access to rehab, free medication for her mental health and a home. More money has helped with some things but it ain’t going to be budgeted by someone with an addiction. That Is the reality for many.  Real life changing funding of free medicine, free specialist appointments Without needing $200 up front and positive support would be great.- along with some extra cash. 

healthglo July 1, 2020

It is actually true for some people and not for others. People are complicated - those recently unemployed would do anything to get back into the job market. 

But there is also a whole slab of society who don’t want to work for a variety of reasons - lack of self worth and anxiety being among it.  The new higher payment would be a blessing for those accustomed to wages.   But it is not without issues. My best friend is an alcoholic and the extra money has turned wine into vodka and escalated her dire problems into catastrophic.  I do actively know many people who will not try too hard to work ( mainly school leavers living at home) loving the boosted youth allowance. For some  of them  it literally is a disincentive to work.  4 of my siblings are long term unemployed. To be honest they are unemployable and I am of mixed feelings if the extra money is good or bad- because it literally has funded addictions and poor choices but also some good things- like a new washing machine or needed clothes.   I do think the way social welfare is done in the UK with more social housing and subsidised essentials like free medication is better then increased cash payments. 
The  current payment is too high compared to the minimum wage to be sustainable. 
The extra $75 a week sounds reasonable. I also think those recently unemployed need an extra supplement for a period of time. 

healthglo June 29, 2020

I don’t think the fact he plays different races or sexes makes him racist or sexist. 

The way he portrays characters is to highlight the social problems not to make fun of them. 
The following quote I think is worth considering 
“Jonah From Tonga plays with stereotypes, but it’s doing so to make an observation about the narrow-minded attitudes expressed by some of its characters, including Jonah’s own. Indeed, prejudice by and against Jonah is clearly shown to be at the root of the problems he faces in the series.”      I think
His shows are smart as it show he knows people, knows how they tick and portrays them with both wit and sympathy. 

healthglo May 26, 2020

This feels like what could have been a learning moment for this lady has turned into something bigger then it needs to be. Surely the public humiliation is enough but unemployment and life time ban from the park is a step to far.  Maybe some legal punishment could also have been implemented but this all seems like too much. 

healthglo May 12, 2020

There is also another story here. Men who commit these acts can also change. They can get treatment for addiction and these low points interacting with the law and forced rehab can change lives. Not only for the men but the families who live them.
While this guy is a problem he is also a person capable of change and better future.

Amandarose April 1, 2020

I was super unimpressed with public health in NSW tracing of Covid. I work in a pharmacy in a medical centre and we had our first patient call today with a positive result. Patient spent several hrs in the centre last week and in the pharmacy 3 times. No mask. No contact from public health to us or the medical centre. No interest in names of patients she was near while waiting or asked us how close or long our contact was.
I am not worried for myself and I had a mask on and buckets of sanitiser but lots of frail elderly were there also and some also have respiratory symptoms. This person has had zero contact with known cases or overseas patients and very likely caught it at the surgery as she had not been anywhere else and lives alone. Contact tracing is pretty crap and the transparency is terrible in our area. If I was in a small centre with a known case for a decent length of time I would want to know.

Amandarose September 23, 2018

I do actually - I am a health professional - you need to have some symptoms to spread whooping cough- even mild like a cold. Most kids get it off their mother actually so unless you want them in a bubble it’s an over reaction - just like the doctor above in the article states.

Amandarose September 19, 2018

Ok- I have to say I think ocd is a real issue here. If they are sick fair enough but other wise you need to chill.

Amandarose September 14, 2018

I bought the therapee pad that popped up on Facebook and have used it for 9 days. It has the website with interactive charts and video guides. My son has started waking when it goes off at last which is a step in the right direction and it’s easier to deal with then the wired alarm. My son is eleven. The star chart is a real motivator for him.

Amandarose August 6, 2018

Awesome to hear your opinion- I have never been to a private school and neither with my children - out of principle on financial reasons as I think public education is all those things you have listen above.

Amandarose July 24, 2018

I actually find it too heavy handed and manipulative. This just makes anti- Vaxers more entrenched in their conspiracy theories. If people actually stayed the real risks with out manipulation they would see the benefits outweigh the risks for most people.
Grandma firing of influenza - step to far considering it’s not a vaccine that offers heard immunity and Grandma will die of something so day. The other points Have more merit however but still need context.
One particular irritation of mine as a vaccine supporter is falsely presented stats which both sides do.
For instance -chances of getting Gilliam Barre from a flu vaccine is 1 in a million. True.
But saying if you get the flu you have a 1 in 60 000 chance of getting it makes it sound like your preventing it which actually a one is 3 000 000 when you take into account the chances of getting the flu at all unvaccinated is 2%.
Why misrepresent stats that already indicate a very low probability of a side effect? Why make out something is more likely to occur when it is 3 timrd less likely to occur? It just tarnishes trust and leads to crazy conspiracy theories.

Amandarose July 20, 2018

If you make too much of an issue it backfires though- my daughters best friends Mum had tried to stop all sugar and bread and what happens is she binges on that stuff, begs bread off her friends and steals money off her mum to binge at the canteen. As a consequence she is rather tubby. My kids have no restrictions and self regulate their appetite and are not remotely overweight. Fair enough eat healthy at home but don’t panic about grandma

Amandarose July 15, 2018

I hope physical causes for such sudden anxiety were looked at -hyperthyroid, adrenal tumours etc as it is a weird presentation without any build up.

Amandarose July 12, 2018

I never figured out why Amanda was so popular - there were 5 in my class,by far the most popular name at school. Almost every amanda I know is my age.

Amandarose July 12, 2018

Actually not all the vaccines are on the schedule ie fluvax so yes you do get to choose. Also it is not mandatory so people do have a right to choose what they inject into their bodies. You might not like their choices and can try and talk them around but at the end of the day people deserve autonomy over what goes in their bodies. As I mentioned earlier I choose not to have the fluvax as I am not a target patient, better leaving it for those who need it more( Australia sold out over a month ago).

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