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if you live in the US and have ever sent a message telling the recipient to kill themselves, you’ve committed the felony of encouraging suicide and, depending on the state’s laws (meaning, what class of felony it is), you could be looking at a fine of $25,000+ and 10+ years in prison, just for encouragement

and if they actually do it, you are legally responsible and, in some states, you can also be charged with manslaughter

do people not realize this or






By Sylvie Reuter (If I’m wrong, please let me know!)


So accurate. 

Jun 1

Rachel Maddow on depression




MADDOW: Hmm. You know, I do - I love my job, and I love politics. I really - I felt like, when I got my job at MSNBC, like I had won the job lottery, and three and a half years, whatever it is, later, I still feel like I have won the job lottery. And I think part of that is thinking, oh, it’s going to go away at any moment. People are going to realize that I’m a great fraud and it’ll end, so I better make sure this is a good show because it’ll be my last. Part of me feels that way every day.

But yeah, no, I’m - ever since - essentially ever since puberty, every since I was 11 or 12, I guess, I’ve had cyclical depression. That’s, you know, something that has been a defining feature of my life as an adult. And it’s manageable, but it’s real. And doesn’t take away from my joy in my work or my energy, but coping with depression is something that is part of the everyday way that I live and have lived as long as I can remember.

GROSS: Does the focus that you need and the adrenaline surge that you get doing your show help with depression when you have it?

MADDOW: No. Depression for me is you can’t distract your way out of it, and I think people can understand the difference, if you’ve never been depressed, you can still understand the difference between sadness and depression. It’s like the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. And the opposite of happiness isn’t necessarily sadness, it’s disconnection.

And you know, when you are depressed, it’s like the rest of the world is the mothership and you’re out there on a little pod and your line gets cut, and you just don’t connect with anything, you sort of - you sort of disappear. And so it’s not something you can, I think, talk-therapy out of. I know some people approach it that way. For me it doesn’t work that way. It really is kind of a chemical thing. And yeah, you get some adrenaline from the work, but adrenaline isn’t a cure.

GROSS: Does it affect your performance when you’re depressed?

MADDOW: It affects my ability to focus and my preparation. So because I tend to know sort of - I can tell it’s coming - my depression isn’t all the time, so if I’m coming up on a bout of depression, a few things happen, so I can tell it’s happening. Like I just - I’m used to it. I lose my sense of smell and some other things like that happen. And…

GROSS: Sounds like a migraine.


MADDOW: It is. It’s a little - actually, that’s very - I have friends who have migraines. I’ve luckily never coped with that but it’s the same kind of thing. Like you know it’s coming; it has nothing to do with anything else in your life. It’s like a train and you just ride until it slows down enough that you can get off. And if I know it’s coming I will try to schedule my work life around not having to, for example, read a complete book.

So I’m going to do a book interview. Because it will be hard for me to - with my schedule I will often need to read a book, as I’m sure you know, in a day and getting a book read plus a show done on a day where I’m pretty low and I can’t focus is a hard row to hoe. And so I try to adjust my schedule around it to accommodate.

GROSS: Well, you would never know watching you.

MADDOW: Oh, good.

GROSS: Never. Never know.

MADDOW: I’m not embarrassed. I’m not embarrassed by it. You know, I mean, it’s no - I don’t see it as having any moral component. I’m not embarrassed by it and I know that a lot of people live with it and cope with and treat depression in different ways. And I’ve been able to be a high-functioning person with depression all my life. And I expect that - I don’t expect it to ever go away. It would be great if it did but in the meantime, I can make a life around it.

- Rachel Maddow on NPR’s Fresh Air, emphasis mine. I really want to learn how to do this.

still swooning. 

I really appreciate people who are able to be eloquent about the stuff that I can’t.

(Source: findyourspine)

Jun 1

Some people will never understand the kind of super power it takes for some people to just walk outside.

- Andrea Gibson. (via wallofbooks)

(Source: viviras)

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.


Stephen R. Covey (via ohmoomers)

Yeahhh note to self: work on this.

(via nappysol)

If you have a problem and need help, it is incumbent on you to be the kind of person whom other people want to help. there’s this tremendous coercive force to make your story fit an acceptable narrative, so other people will play the part they ought to play.
that is the key to semiotic constraints on action. you are moderated not by internal motives, but instead by the knowledge of how your actions may be interpreted by others.

and then your life is no longer your own, but a disingenuous and manipulative convolution of fiction.

- bombasine
(via alanreedwrite)

(Source: midnightcode)

  • lypophrenia: a feeling of sadness seemingly without a cause
  • drapetomania: an overwhelming urge to run away
  • escapism: a mental desire to retreat from unpleasant realities through fantasy
  • wanderlust: a desire to travel, to understand one’s very existence
  • dysania: the state of finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning
  • sanctuary: a small safe place in a troubling world
  • metathesiophobia: fear of change


(Source: bonvivantx)

May 1

It’s not about reason.

Chris I am begging you

do this respectfully

don’t make me hate you with this

I need you to do this right


(Source: chriscolfernews)

so I’m sitting here on tumblr, scrolling through my dash

my roommate has friends over, and one of them shouts the word that rhymes with maggot and begins with an f

you know, sometimes it’s not about getting fired from a job or being physically threatened or made fun of or forced to explain yourself

sometimes it’s just not feeling safe enough to leave your bedroom


you know when you fangirl so hard you just sit there flapping your arms squeaking at the computer screen and laughing like a mental hospital patient

you know when you’re having an awesome morning and then you get jokes about mentally ill people and you want to punch your computer screen?

raining on your parade and idgaf

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Apr 6

not gonna lie, I’m skeeved by the idea of Chris Colfer’s new project

I just

I love Chris, he’s amazing, and I want to believe that he’ll write about mentally ill people as, well, people, and not creepy-weird-spectacle-things to be pitied and feared and goggled at

but I’m going to have to see it to believe it, sorry, I just worry about these things

(and on that happy note I’m off to bed)

Apr 1

sorry but I can’t stop thinking about this

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