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No more tropical cyclones for 180 days!

Stay warm.

-22.9 F @ West Yellowstone, MT


SSRI Discontinuation or Withdrawal Syndrome


After some people stop taking a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), they experience a variety of symptoms. According to Dr. Ross J. Baldessarini, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and director of the psychopharmacology program at McLean Hospital, these symptoms may include “a flu-like reaction, as well as a variety of physical symptoms, that may include headache, gastrointestinal distress, faintness and strange sensations of vision or touch.”

This common phenomenon is known as SSRI discontinuation syndrome. (It may also be known as SSRI withdrawal syndrome.)

Discontinuation symptoms typically arise within days after stopping the medication, particularly if it was stopped abruptly. Stopping a high dose of a relatively short-acting drug also can bring on symptoms. In addition to the previously-mentioned symptoms, “anxiety and depressed or irritable mood are common features that may make it hard to differentiate SSRI discontinuation syndrome from early return of symptoms of depression,” Baldessarini said.

About 20 percent of people experience discontinuation symptoms, according to Dr. Michael D. Banov, medical director of Northwest Behavioral Medicine and Research Center in Atlanta, and author of Taking Antidepressants: Your Comprehensive Guide To Starting, Staying On and Safely Quitting. About 15 percent experience mild to moderately bothersome symptoms while fewer than five percent experience more severe symptoms, he said.

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more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antidepressant_discontinuation_syndrome

How has the internet changed your life ?

For some reason, this question popped up in my mind today. I'm not talking about DU, but it is part of the net.

I've had the internet since 1996, the good old days of screeching 14.4 kbps modems and AOL (ugh). When I first figured out how to surf, I would just input random url's to see what the hell they were, e.g. greenland.com (silly, I know). It was like the entire world was at my fingertips. The world's largest library for me to read, all day long, practically for FREE.

I've learned so much. I've "met" people from all over the world and learned new foreign words. One time I talked to a guy in Antarctica on ICQ, I guess he was bored. I've changed my mind on so many different subjects. My horizons have expanded greatly.

It's like a country boy moves to Greenwich Village. That kind of change. Yes, a tad overdramatic, but thanks to the Democratic Party and Al Gore and DARPA and (I'm guessing) some Republicans, we have the internet. I hope it stays free of censorship and government overreach forever, although it seems to be constantly in danger of that (i.e, great Chinese firewall, governments shutting down the net during civil disturbances, etc).

Thanks for reading! Your thoughts, please.

Steve (by the way, come visit us in Computer Help and Support if you have a glitch)

grammar conundrum

Yes! or Yes ! (notice the missing space in first example)

I was always taught to insert some space between the word and an exclamation point. Maybe that's not the standard way any more ?

I will lose sleep until this is resolved for me !

ETA: Now that I've wracked my middle-aged brain, I may have been taught the correct way 47 or 48 years ago, but decided on my own that a space looked better. That probably makes more sense now that the unanimous verdict is no space. Even in law school, no one ever corrected me. Meh, such is life. One more mystery of the universe solved, 9 googol more to go!

Process Explorer: a very good way of seeing undesired programs


As you can see at the link, Process Explorer is a more comprehensive version of the Task Manager. I don't know of any other program that runs "closer to the metal" than PE. Now, if you're running a rootkit, my understanding is that those don't show up on programs like PE or Task Manager. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

Look at the screenshot I took of me running Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879. Luckily for me, there is absolutely nothing I don't know about. If you see a program that looks unfamiliar, you simply right click the entry and choose "Search Online". Your default browser will open up with search suggestions on what it is. I highly recommend doing that if you are not 100% sure of every entry in PE. Of course, you can also ask in this group what something is.

Just another tip to stay malware and virus-free.

Stepping down as host, need new one I think

I'm not the most knowledgeable IT person, by far, in this group. I do what I can to help, but I am very limited by my lack of formal training and real life experience in the industry.

I won't step down right away, but yes, I think we need another host who is much more knowledgeable than I.

Have a great weekend.


With all due respect, I think you're misreading the OP

Mr. Michael Brown, while legally an adult, was only 18 years old. My son is the same age.

18 years old is a teenager, physically and hormonally and mentally. By the time Mr. Brown had reached age 28 (Officer Wilson's age I think), he would have definitely become a young man, barring extreme and unusual circumstances like brain injury.

Almost all teenagers (exceptions to every rule) have not developed anything near mature adult coping skills. Therefore, you have to take that into account when dealing with them. Obviously, Officer Wilson did not care. Mr. Brown is now dead.

I don't see any assumptions about teenage black guys here. I see reality about teenage men in general. I'm not going to argue this point, because my mind is made up. I think the OP is right on target and not racist or incorrect in the least.

The Interview: Joni Mitchell


In a rare and wide-ranging interview spanning 90 minutes, singer-songwriter-artist Joni Mitchell spoke from her home in Los Angeles. Her latest project, a box set called Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced, combines her experience as a Grammy-winning musician, a painter and a dance enthusiast by collecting 53 songs into four discs from 40 years of recording.

Q: You just celebrated your 71st birthday in L.A. at the Hammer Museum. Were you happy with the way the tribute went?

A: It was wonderful but now I’ve got laryngitis because I partied too hard—for three days straight.

Q: You once said it was painful to go back and relive your work. This project had you reviewing 40 years of work. Was it distressing?

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(Ferguson MO) Officer Defused Eruptions as Crowds Grew Volatile


FERGUSON, Mo. — Late Wednesday, two nights after rioting left blocks of this suburban city in smoldering ruin, a small but angry crowd assembled at the police station on South Florissant Road.

On previous nights, protesters hurled D batteries, bottles of urine and rocks at the police officers and National Guard troops who stood stern-faced behind steel barricades and concrete barriers.

But around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, an unlikely scene unfolded off to the side.

A teenage protester whose face had been hidden behind a ski mask lowered his headgear, approached a police commander and gave him a hug.

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U.N. torture watchdog urges U.S. to crack down on police brutality


(Reuters) - The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations.

The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The committee decried "excruciating pain and prolonged suffering" endured by prisoners during "botched executions" as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, and extensive use of solitary confinement.

The review cited deep concern about "numerous reports" of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants and homosexuals as well as racial profiling and militarization of policing work.
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