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By Peat
Thanks for tagging me Bea, fascinating to see where this one has gone.
ScarletBea wrote: May 7th, 2024, 07:12 One example was a person diagnosed with depression due to all their symptoms when they went to the doctor and given medication, but they were feeling like that because of job and financial issues: will the medication really help, or wouldn't it be better to help them with work, benefits or other social solutions?
I actually have a family member who had to check themselves into hospital as a hard reset for their mental health issues; I don't know what the actual diagnosis was, but it was bad, and the trigger was job issues. It always has been.

Then the doctors diagnosed medication and - boom. Life changing, at least so far. Back at the same job that was causing all the troubles before. Sometimes it really is as simple as it's a situation that can be lived with with the right brain chemistry and you've just got to adjust the chemicals.

And sometimes not. I am doing hugely, hugely better in my mind for a shift in mentality I had earlier this year. It's been lasting.

All I can say is at this stage, just not enough is known about mental health. There's still shifts happening, we're still looking for the right solution. One of my family members has been diagnosed with autism, has been trained to work with autistic kids... and believes calling it autism is the wrong thing to do. Still uses the term because that's what cuts through but thinks it isn't describing the reality. Maybe twenty years down the line that viewpoint will be common and things will change. Maybe not.

The only thing I feel happy saying is

a) Most of the solutions we use are used because they've proven to have some use
b) None of them are universal
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By Ned Marcus
I've just finished Mircea Eliade's A History of Religious Ideas Vol 1. It covers the period from the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries.

With the Stone Age, basically they're guessing. "The documentary evidence is opaque."

I'm not surprised. It goes back over 30,000 years.

The documentary evidence is bones (particularly skulls), objects found in graves, stone tools, and cave paintings. The educated guesses are still interesting.

The book covers Ancient Egypt, the old Iranian religions, the ancient Greek religions, the Old Testament days, and more.

It ends with the Eleusinian Mysteries: the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone, who was dragged to hell, and only (partially) escaped because Demeter messed up the world's weather systems. Interesting that after the destruction of the last pagan temples in Greece (around 500AD) the ideas continued in mystery traditions and are still alive today in modern day paganism.
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By cupiscent
Finally finished the mammoth biography of Catherine the Great I was reading. (Honestly, I dunno that it needed to be that long, and could have done with more thematic analysis and less detailed fact delivery.)

I am now reading Matt Bell's Refuse to be Done, a book about writing - or rather, about rewriting and revision, because that's most of what makes a novel. So far it's a little wafty and discovery-writing focused, but then again, a lot of the first draft is pretty exploratory, even if you've outlined in detail, so I guess that's fair.
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By ScarletBea
ScarletBea wrote: May 25th, 2024, 10:27 I've started Alonement, a book extolling the virtues of spending time alone (both for introverts and extroverts).
I finished this one, and really enjoyed it!!
Even though I'm way ahead in the journey, I still managed to find really good tips and challenges: for example, eating in a nice restaurant alone! When I'm on holidays I end up in either italian restaurants or gastro pubs...
By Elfy
I finished Gold which was a non fiction about the Brinks Mat gold heist in the early '80's. Quite entertaining. I also finished Ordinary Monsters by J. M. Miro, what a great book. Really epic in scope, with lots of cool ideas and some excellent multi layered characters, I think it will make my books of the year for 2024. I've picked up one of the many (between us I think there were 22) books that we picked up on Friday. It's another non fiction; The Blues Brothers about the classic 80's film and the people involved. Only 100 or so pages in, but Country Bob's Bunkhouse and the habit of the patrons to throw beer bottles at the stage whether or not they liked the act, actually had its genesis at a bar in Canada that Dan Aykroyd used to frequent.