If You No Longer Need Your Depression Meds, Here’s a Common Strategy to Leave Them Behind You

Consider that a guideline for reducing psychiatric drugs you take, according to http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/759-tips-for-tapering-off-prozac-fluoxetine/ the website which informs of such a guideline, encourages users of psychiatric drugs to effect a ten percent rule.  The rule is to reduce a dependence on psychiatric drugs by ten percent per month, which is sometimes known as tapering off, to avoid withdrawal, as in feeling adverse consequences from no longer taking the psychiatric drug.  The site I’m referencing is detailing Prozac, which is the oldest antidepressant available, having been prescribed to patients who need it since 1987.

 

The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word, “taper,” and that is why I have looked up the definition of withdrawal referred to by the expression, “to taper,” or, “tapering off.”  I don’t take Prozac, but I have occasionally in my adult life been prescribed antidepressants, usually because work type stressors were bothering me and I needed some extra strength.

 

Friday afternoon a friend of mine of about twenty years gave me a phone call, and in the course of the conversation, he mentioned that depression concerns are overwhelmingly detrimental to members of the workforce, who run afoul of them constantly.  I had some idea already this is true.  I’m not on medication for depression and at the present I don’t suffer much depression, but my friend does, and he’s been with the same employer for what I think he said is twenty-nine years, and for several months now he’s been avoiding working owing to his problem with depression, and being paid seventy percent of the wages he would get if he wasn’t bringing up his depression to his bosses and continuing to work.  He said the situation is tolerable.

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He doesn’t blog, but he takes an interest in both Facebook and in Instagram.  I’m not on Instagram, but the gentleman and I share our friendship together on Facebook, and he is an unabashed anti-social, which leaves me feeling that he is more interested in toying with Facebook than he is in any sustained effort at a BFF kind of relationship (“best friends forever”).  He’s a lot older than me, and that’s fine.  We’re just not having a bromance together.

 

I feel a little bad for him, that he’s kind of tanking, but at least he’s bringing home most of his wages, and he’s responsible and doesn’t waste his money or other resources.  He’s a gentleman with a dog, who I suspect is his true best friend.  Dogs are lovely animals, and sometimes fill the role of a guardian, and I know his dog is dear to him.  I wouldn’t tax him to give me more of his energy, particularly as he is telling me when he does talk about his depression, and I respect his right to manage his life the best he can without unduly aggravating his state of mind.  For everyone, life’s a hard journey.

 

I don’t particularly want to go down the same route in life as he has gone.  I try to work smart, and I use medication to better my performance, rather than to make work bearable.  I enjoy working, I’m “Type A.”  I just feel that pacing yourself is a better strategy than struggling day after day with an enormous workload that results in ailments such as depression, and other kinds, too.

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I just thought I’d bring all this up when I saw what today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is.  All I’m doing here is posting an example of what I am encountering in my day-to-day life and I am not offering advice or recommending you change, even though I suspect if you are on psychiatric medication and you want to stop taking it, you should use a guideline, not unlike the ten percent reduction rate.  If you feel some comfort in reading this post, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow,” so I know you’re out there.  I wish you well, and if you are suffering from a psychiatric malady, good luck with your recovery and with a better future.

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I Would Never Be a Member of Any Club that would have Me

A good blog on WordPress requires a level of devotion in order to be a reasonable quality of blogging.  Many bloggers, who are pros, brainstorm and research their posts diligently, and, indeed, turn a profit or otherwise benefit in a tangible sense as professional bloggers (self-publishers).

I never prioritized that kind of blogging strategy.  What I’ve found is that with WordPress you can avail yourself of daily writing prompts thought up by the people at WordPress, and also weekly photo challenges which are helpful if you take photos.  While this circumvents the requirement to do a lot of research, it is a short cut, but seeing as how my blog is a hobby effort I think the idea of joining in with these specific prompts (from WordPress) at roughly the same time that other amateur Word Pressers are doing the same thing is worthwhile, in what you might say is a holistic sense.

I also intend to pursue blogging as a sideline to my regular interests, which are being available on social and also helping to direct operations at a local not-for-profit, a cemetery:  http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

This week’s Photo Challenge is an essay on friendship.  Despite being among the many who are active on social, I don’t have a lot of close friends who I can call my own.  I don’t have a lot of girlfriends, in particular, but I do have one who gave me a photo of herself this month which I think I would like to show you as it is both quite beautiful, and it fits into the idea of this week’s photo challenge which is to show a friendship in your blog.

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This week, share an image of a friend.

The Daily Prompt today is natty.  It means, “smart and fashionable.”  A nickname I had when I was twenty was Natty.

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Julie Rippl

My friend in the photo may not be the nattiest lady friend, but she is dear to me and she makes clear that friendship is worth it in the long run.  I am a misfit, I don’t fit into most social circles, but I have her friendship and I think it is something to be proud of.

I knew her in high school.  She is a little younger than me, but we were at the same high school at the same time and she was completely smoking.  Being a teenager, I never would have talked to a girl in that league myself at the time.  To this day, beautiful girls pointedly avoid me if I try to start a conversation with them.  I rub people the wrong way, I suppose.  It doesn’t make networking any easier.

I met her again many months ago when a mutual friend reintroduced us.  I soon found we had a few things in common.  I don’t have the same gift of the gab as her, but I enjoy the time we do brush shoulders.

She has suggested to me she would like to market her homemade jewelry with the internet and that she would like me to do that.  I would certainly put in the time as a volunteer for her, as I need all the work experience I can get, and I have a passion for digital marketing.

My blog remains a hobby and it will continue to be a hobby in the immediate future, but I don’t think it is a waste of time as I thoroughly enjoy it, and I take pleasure in the knowledge that other Word pressers are working with the same prompts and challenges which are available for me.  The inclusive policies of WordPress appeal to me and the occasional responses I get with my blog posts please me greatly.  That being said, if you have read this and you want to contact me, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.”  Your feedback is welcome and if you are utilizing the prompts and challenges WordPress offers, good luck to you in the future (and always!).  Bye for now.

How Not Knowing Thrillers Makes You a Rookie

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Markus Spiske

Gaps in your knowledge can be a roadblock.  You need to learn continually, in my estimation.  Otherwise, you’re making a scattershot effort, briefly fun but getting thinner.  Reflecting on what you can do to demonstrate credibility, here are a few life lessons I’ve gained from experience, that I’d like to touch on here.

• Look before you leap.

Without a vocation, it isn’t much good to declare yourself “in the game,” no matter with how much positive thinking you direct yourself, and the level of enthusiasm you have to proffer (such as with to write).  Gaps in your knowledge can easily set you back.  For example, consider being asked to submit a review of a current film, for example.  If you focus solely on one film genre, such as thrillers, for example, you will look better in the eyes of whatever readers you have.  For example, a thriller I remember enjoying is Vantage Point.  It’s a film where William Hurt appears as the President of the United States and the target of an attempt on his life.  Dennis Quaid appears as a FBI guard and part of the President’s enclave.  This one movie alone could have easily spanned dozens of opinions.  Also, a review could have included references to as many other films.

• Don’t gauge there will be excitement when developing something mundane.

You can’t count on being blessed with adulation for something trivial, particularly when you are uninformed.  I know a lot of amateur film reviews can read as uninformed.  It doesn’t generate a lot of positive feedback, I feel, if you are merely waxing poetic on the flick you sat through at the mall.  There is so much competition to get through the noise that I don’t think you will find it particularly satisfying to be hurling nonsense at the world… unless you are a genuine nut.  It’s lucky in this day and age that we have a surviving film format in the commercial sense because not only is the written word pining away for attention, there is a lot of rival video to traditional film that require performance analysis.  A substantial level of dedication to the interpretation of media is essential.

• Your best friend might just be your mother.

If, after you’ve sewn your heart on your sleeve, and the most telling response you get is from your mother, you might know in that moment that you’re beat.  Mothers sometimes know best.  If you get the message that you seem bonkers, you may have to acknowledge that your personal opinions on social might not be a successful strategy on any level in your personal journey.  Gaps in your knowledge can be your undoing.  No matter how much grindstone you’ve hewn, or how much enthusiasm and joy you mustered keeping it real, you may fall short if the lights dancing in your eyes are causing you to need sunglasses.  Even if you did your best, I know in the long run that if things don’t work out, the pain won’t be forever.  I assure you, it won’t.

If you like this post, let me know by following my blog.  Thanks for reading and stick to what you want to do.  Just exercise caution where caution is due.  Thanks.

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Clem Onojeghuo

The Best of my Blog

My name is Patrick Coholan and I am a Canadian who blogs as his hobby. I mean it to be handy for people who take an interest work on and off the Internet and I hope that the readers who find me enjoy what I have wrote for them. Many of the photographs accompanying the blog posts I have taken myself. I do quite a bit of informal research that I bring to the table with my blog. I am also a content writer with occasional part-time work coming to me from India. I am most comfortable blogging and writing from afar.

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Luis Llerena

These links are my own blog, the best of which I am presenting to you as part of this week’s WordPress Discover challenge #DiscoverWP
Participants are invited to draw inspiration from a number between one and ten. I decided on the number ten, and I was able to identify my ten most important blog posts out of them all. I also include a brief note after each post which is what I reflect I have done with the relevant blog post.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/work-the-more-the-better/

This explains my work ethic.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/at-times-tweeting-is-an-uphill-battle/

This explains how I feel about promoting my blog with Twitter.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/boundaries-challenge/

This draws inspiration from healthy boundaries in more abstract language.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-ornate-and-the-slumbering/

This explains what I do when I am on our job site.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/division-a-force-for-good/

These are my thoughts on the word, “division.”

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/narrowing-my-blogs-focus/

This is how I decided to specific a direction for my blog.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/coming-together-in-the-age-of-the-internet/

This is a touch of philosophy on our lives and the Internet.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/action-is-essential-if-you-want-your-aims/

This is motivational advice.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/whether-sincere-or-can-we-challenge-ourselves/

I was trying to be heartfelt here when I was reflecting on my social media efforts.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/second-thoughts/

This is a discussion about second thoughts which have come up for me.

If you enjoy this post, please “like” and/or “follow” and comment on my blog. Have a wonderful time!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/discover-challenges/numbers/

Second Thoughts

Second thoughts for a blogger might include realizing that stock photos, while “free” in exchange for a membership in a stock photo site, could lead to stock photos in blog posts that represent a hurdle for the blogger who doesn’t have original photography.

Second thoughts for a social media marketer might include budget constraints on designing videos that have mass appeal, more than just straightforward infographics which, while somewhat charming in their relative capacity, are not nearly as captivating as excellent video in social media marketing.

Second thoughts might go with investing a significant amount of energy producing various six-second videos for the Twitter app Vine, which are no longer going up. The momentum became a trend.

Second thoughts might go with signing up for Twitter when this year it has made, I understand, nary a profit. If it does become a sinking ship, and I don’t think it will, it could definitely provoke second thoughts… but I think most people knew when to draw the line.

Second thoughts might go with blogging with WordPress if it turns out Wix is the more popular blogging platform of the two. I don’t think so! I want WordPress to vanquish. Second thoughts might go with choosing a losing theme for your WordPress blog… but if you need help with visual design for your blog, I think you will quickly come to terms with how to get it.

Second thoughts might go with your US Election Day voter booth selfie if you don’t know it is a criminal offense to take such a photo.

Second thoughts might result from your decision to blog instead of watching the news if you want to be an informed citizen.

Second thoughts might result from inadequate research if you are on top of what is simply too many topics at one time.

Second thoughts are not “liking” this post or clicking “follow,” or leaving a comment. I won’t have the pleasure of knowing! Thank you.

Second Thoughts

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Whether Sincere or Can We Challenge Ourselves

When we are evaluating ourselves as individuals, we have the opportunity and the option to transfer much of our essence as people into entities on the world wide web, particularly owing to the avenue of social media. Turning our attention to this popular activity, we have the choice whether to do our best to represent ourselves accurately and clearly for others’ consumption and without too much blurring of the truth as it is that we come across on social media.

One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere. When we have a connection forged between the “I” and the others, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere with the other. In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.

The nature of social media is to be competitive with other individuals in social media. It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time. Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social media, as the social media user is rendering highlights of the life he is living, for display and for consumption by others who are living rival experiences, as part of the crowd, on social media. The most significant challenge you can set for yourself, both inside the sphere of social media and offline in the real world, is to muster sincerity, with other people.

It is most important when there are existing ties between you and others, that you permit authentic growth by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound. The experience of being human is most rewarding when you are projecting sincerity about yourself to those to who you devote time and who you care about. Others, your friends, will receive this sincerity of yours quite graciously and you will experience human relationships, in all likelihood, as a well of human interaction which is nourishing in its own right. You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.

Social media is a specific example of having opportunities to be insincere, with the advantage to gain of looking better than the truth actually is. I’m on the Internet right now and I am making an effort to speak truly for you, so that if you happen to be reading this, you can with better readiness, try to trust me and to trust that I have your interests at heart. Yes, we are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere.

Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and sincerity on social media is challenging to maintain but a significant challenge if you choose for your own sake or for the better of all to be sincere on social media. You have the opportunity to put yourself into your social media with both sincerity and artful intent.

This brief reflection on sincerity was inspired by today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, and I found I wanted very much on some personal level to assert that I am sincere. I am grateful for the opportunity. If you liked this post, you can go ahead and click “like” if you please or to click the “follow” button. You are also welcome to leave me a comment, sincerely or otherwise. Good luck to you!

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Devising Content that Stands Out from the Crowd

It is not without a sense of urgency that we experience many aspects of our lives. The long and the short of the problem is that with so many demands on our time, it is urgent that we get to the belly of the beast and jot those “X’s” onto our to-do lists. When I think of everything in life that demands our attention, and I am not a parent, nor even really a career man, the no. 1 thing I think of in the twenty-first century is the rush to post content on social media.

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Writing content is all about capturing attention. It needs to provoke interest and to continue to do so, at a time when there is constantly all the more competition against which you need to pit yourself. You have what Is really a distinctly finite amount of time available if you are handling the reins of your social media. Therefore it is with some urgency that you need to keep your content coming.

The content you produce is all about establishing yourself as a thought leader in your field. You are, arguably, bringing yourself to market (branding yourself) and that means you need to seem to have a lot of expertise in the matter at hand which you carry out on a daily basis. You need to seem to be the best and brightest of your lot, and that means regularly bringing to the fold what amounts to excellence in social media content. Without a steady series of relevant social media posts, you are not going to seem to be very much of a thought leader at all.

You are almost certainly already on social media if you are interested in blogs on WordPress. It is up to you to handle yours with excellence. I am drawing on the WordPress Daily Prompts for inspiration, and while my blogging work remains merely a hobby, I do want to present a relative amount of truth and dedication to the craft so that I am not merely spinning my wheels. If you want to “like” this post and/or “follow” my blog, by all means, you are welcome to do so. You can leave me a comment as well. Thanks for reading, and good luck with your content!

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