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Mon, Sep 9 12:25am · ~ Depressed and scared ~ in Mental Health

@amberpep
Believe me, I know exactly what you're going through. Our laws against age discrimination in hiring are a joke. They provide no protection whatsoever for older people. None!

Here are my suggestions: I've noticed that even if you refuse to answer anything on your job application that can give out your age, there is still a much-bigger problem: online businesses put all of your personal information online for people to see for free! Look at a site called MyLife dot com. I guarantee you they have your age, full name, and a lot of other things on there. I recommend calling them (expect it to take at least 5 phone calls) and telling them to immediately remove your profile. There are other sites that do the same thing.

Anything on a job application that asks about your age, I think it's okay to lie. Yep: if they're going to discriminate against you because of your age,
then make up any age you want. You have something on your side that younger people may not have: job experience and life experience!

And beware of social workers: they don't help people in general these days. Instead, they only help people who have the specific problem that they concentrate on. If you want help from a social worker, ask and keep asking them until you find one that concentrates solely on helping elderly people obtain employment.

Mon, Sep 9 1:14am · Suicide: Finding it hard to lose someone by suicide in Loss & Grief

I'm starting to think that we need to "adjust" our ideas about suicide. I think that when a teenager committs suicide, it's completely different from a 70 year-old committing suicide. Or if someone is 60 or over and wants to die, who are we to tell them, "No! You have so much to live for! So many people love you!"? They may just have "had it" with being alive and the stresses that come with it. I think it would sound more appropriate to say, "He decided that he didn't want to live any longer," instead of saying, "He committed suicide!"

Mon, Sep 9 12:53am · Is anyone here addicted to the internet? in Addiction & Recovery

I came to the conclusion years ago that I was, but I just brushed it off because I had been diagnosed (and take medications for) with Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. But now I can see that it’s because I have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (which I actually don’t think I have), but I think I have “plain” autism. That’s often considered worse than having Asperger’s. Anyway, a symptom of both of these can be a severe obsession with one thing. For me, that one thing is probably the internet. I figure that I’ve been on it for 25 years now, probably at least 350 days-a-year. and anywhere from 2 to 16 hours-a-day! why? Because I’m convinced that somehow, some way, I’ll figure out a way to “earn a living” online working from home. Hah! I doubt that any human being has ever done that, and that includes Bill Gates, Mark zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos!

Mon, Sep 9 12:34am · Are you from a Middle Eastern country, coming to Mayo Rochester? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

If you have questions or comments, I'd be interested in your concerns.

Dec 18, 2018 · Can you tell me about the luxurious "suites" that Mayo has? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

A relative of mine used it once. They are not covered by insurance, right? And they cost around $700-a-night? I think patients might be interested in knowing about these. I remember that the suite had a chef who walked over to my relative’s bed and discussed what food he would like to have. He was even wearing a chef’s hat!

Dec 18, 2018 · Is there a way to get online when we're in a Mayo hospital bed? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I don't remember exactly. I just assumed that hospital walls are so thick that cell phone service can't get through them. I don't think I looked for WiFi network options. I just would dial my phone, but I couldn't call out or receive calls. I didn't know about this "connect" feature on the MayoClinic website, and I just assumed at the time that all patients were having this problem. Would there be a way to put up a small sign in each patient's room, telling them the steps they need to use to get online on their cell phone and online on their computer? Patients won't be able to access the instructions on how to get hospital internet access on their computer, because they won't have been able to log on to see them. Thanks.

Oct 25, 2018 · Is there a way to get online when we're in a Mayo hospital bed? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I spent 15 days in Methodist Hospital, and I don’t recall ever being able to get my cell phone online. In the meantime, there was an entire computer system for the nurses and doctors, right beside my bed that I assume I was not allowed to use, so I never even tried. Does Mayo block internet access in Methodist Hospital for security reasons? That was my only complaint about my hospital stay. Everything else was great. Including the food!! The food did not seem to be the same as what is served in the regular cafeteria. Although that food is good, the food I got in my room at Mayo was even better.

Oct 25, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Have you told the doctor who prescribes it for you, how bad the withdrawal symptoms are?