informed-decisions

anonymous asked:

What is executive dysfunction?

Executive dysfunction is when a person’s executive function doesn’t work so well. There are many aspects to executive function including:

  • Abstract Thinking
  • Attention
  • Cognitive Flexibility
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Rule Acquisition
  • Selecting Relevant Sensory Information
  • Sequencing
  • Working Memory
  • Decision Making
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Initiating and Inhibiting Context-Specific Behavior
  • Initiation of Action
  • Monitoring Internal and External Stimuli
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Self-Control

People with executive dysfunction usually experience difficulty in some but not all areas of executive function. 

For a more in depth answer, check out this post.

-Sabrina

Hey has anyone seen get out and if so could you tell me what kind of horror it is/give details? I kind of want to see it but I normally can’t handle horror well so I want to make an informed decision

Hey, just a word of warning to all my followers, please remember that it is a Class E Felony to wish harm or death upon the President of the United States . Yes, even on social media. People have gotten deported over this in the past.

I wholeheartedly support #notmypresident but unfortunately, this law would still apply. Be careful with those assassination jokes, which do qualify as a federal offense now. Stay informed and make informed decisions.

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Amy Adams’ ‘Arrival’ is an overwhelming ode to language

What if the one thing that stood between the world and all-out warfare was our ability to communicate? It’s not that hard to imagine; misunderstandings and misconceptions have informed leaders’ decisions to declare war for centuries. Arrival takes that question literally — and forges an optimistic look for language lovers and humanity at large.

Honestly, I’m 100% not surprised that people are complaining about Maggie’s “You get one, Alex.” line being toxic/abusive tc, lol. Because I feel like people these days are not used to seeing a romance where both characters are their own people, with their own personalities, foibles, shortcomings and self-interests.

I feel like, especially in recent years, media has really shaped romance into this one-sided deal, where you get one relatable and fallible character with a proper backstory (the main character) and then you get the love interest, whose only purposes are to look good, and love the main character unconditionally. They’re a paper thin cutout character, a wish fulfillment of the fantasy that there’s a person out there who’ll love you no matter how terrible or unlovable you get. They might have a tragic backstory to make them more attractive, but it will never inform their decisions or character in any meaningful way. In essence, they are a blank slate that you can slot your dream lover into.

I’ve seen this trope play over and over again in TV shows, YA novels, etc. (I won’t name the popular ships that fall into this trap, because I’m not here to bash ships, just to write out my thoughts on this phenomenon.)

In contrast, Maggie is her own character, underdeveloped as she is in the narrative. There are nuances to her, the most striking one being how emotionally guarded she is. When she lets her guard down for Alex, and then Alex hurts her by dumping her publicly, on the very night after the first time after they had sex, of course Maggie is going to react badly to it. Of course she is going to set appropriate boundaries to ensure that she doesn’t get hurt like that again. It’s called self-preservation. It’s called knowing what a healthy relationship is, and proactively taking steps to ensure the preservation of that healthy relationship.

Except people aren’t used to the love interests having a self-preservation instinct. They’re used to seeing the love interest being willing to throw away everything in order to please the main character. They’re not used to the love interest having an actual personality, or interests of their own, or a life outside of the main character. All they know is that Alex is the main character they love, and identify with, and now Maggie has hurt her. They don’t understand or care - because they’re too overidentified and overinvested in Alex - that Alex hurt Maggie too. So they get mad at Maggie.

Personally, I like that Maggie has a spine. I like that she has a character, and a very relatable emotionally guarded one at that. I like that she stood up for herself. I like that she took steps to ensure that her relationship with Alex would be healthy. Loving someone doesn’t always mean forgiving and forgetting their hurtful actions. Sometimes, loving someone is holding them up to a higher standard, and letting them know that you expect better of them, because you know they are a better person than their previous actions have shown. By setting boundaries, Maggie showed me more clearly that she cares about Alex, than if she had unconditionally forgiven her right on the spot.

Point blank: Anyone that tries to tell you who or what you’re “allowed” to watch/enjoy/follow/subscribe to is trying to manipulate and control you.

They do NOT have YOUR best interests in mind, especially when no laws are being broken.  They are simply threatened by anyone that thinks differently than they do.  They’re terrified of being outcasts.  That’s not your problem.

You are your own person, so make your own informed decisions.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, especially when you’ll never even meet 99.99% of these people.  They will never impact your life. 

Their opinions don’t matter: Yours does.  Don’t let others try to take away your freedom of choice.

An open letter to the mother who kicked her young son out of his home for a mock school election

To the heartless birth giver who calls herself a mother,
You are undeniably an abusive parent. Your son is a child learning about the American voting system in school. It does not matter who he voted for: he’s learning.
This mock election his school had gave you the option to be not only a decent parent, but a decent human being, and turn it into a learning opportunity. A way to explain to him how to research, in modern day, the policies, beliefs and history of a candidate in order to determine their credibility as well as their qualification(s) for being the president of the United States.
This was your opportunity to teach your son about the president’s role in the republic of the United States of America. This was your chance to be a responsible parent, raising a (hopefully) responsible adult who would have the ability to make an informed decision in politics later in life.
Instead, you took this opportunity as a chance to terrorize your child; to make him feel afraid, and isolated, all for your political agenda. You did not parent him: you traumatized him. You showed him that he has to follow the status quo in order to be accepted and for his existence to be valid. You taught him that if he does not agree with you, you will take everything from him; his security, his comfort.
You are a tyrant, not a parent. You are a birth giver, not a mother. You are an abuser, rather than a protector.
Your children should be taken from you and raised in a home where they are not afraid to speak their mind and ask questions, or disagree with you.
Shame on you for being so heartless to your own child. You are not a mother, and to call yourself one is a disgrace to motherhood.
You are an intolerant, cruel, disgusting woman. Shame on you.
-Ragingcommonsense

neurotypical: it’s so important to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing!! :)
me: I can’t do this thing because it would worsen this symptom of my mental illness.
neurotypical: wow. unbelievable. sick and tired of lazy people like you making excuses and trying to get special treatment. you’re a burden to the community. also deep down I believe that you don’t have the capacity to make informed decisions and that I, a complete stranger, am more qualified to assess your needs than you will ever be. and if you don’t agree it’s because you’re Crazy™. :)

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Check out 100 Years, a new star-studded short animated film that covers Planned Parenthood’s century of care, information, and activism.

The film highlights major moments from Planned Parenthood’s history, including why Margaret Sanger began providing birth control information; the decisions in the Supreme Court cases Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade, which legalized birth control and abortion in America; the emergence of the devastating and discriminatory Hyde Amendment; and the Planned Parenthood of today.

The film is narrated by Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Gina Rodriguez, Mindy Kaling, America Ferrera, Constance Wu, Amy Schumer, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Sasheer Zamata, and Tessa Thompson, as well as Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. 

this seems like a timely post to make:

so, many may already know that planned parenthood provides HRT to transgender individuals. things that are also important to know, related to this.

-planned parenthood operates on an “informed consent” basis. rather than requiring that you go through months of therapy, they believe that if you are presenting for HRT, you have already considered the pros/cons and risk/benefits and are making an informed decision about your body. this saves trans people many months of therapy and expensive bills.

-planned parenthood works with you to figure out what’s best. if you want more frequent appointments, great, they will support that. if you want to get your prescription and check in every three months, great. it’s up to you and what you need.

-planned parenthood will complete the documentation you need to get your gender marker changed on your legal documentation AND provide you with letters for surgical procedures with no questions asked (obviously without there being some type of concern that would make them worry about this course of action). because, once again, they operate on the “your body, your decision” model.

they will also provide you with referrals to PCPs and therapists to support you in your transition but those are not required to receive treatment with them.

planned parenthood is so important to so many people and i know the majority of the services they provide is well-documented but i have heard much less on the lgbt side of things. because of that, i wanted to raise awareness because i have now been working with them for three months, almost four months, and they have been so supportive and so kind and it has meant everything to me as a transboy who thought i would never be able to transition. the services they provide are incredibly important.

anonymous asked:

How do you handle patients or people in general who have zero medical education, medical training or hell maybe haven't taken a science class since high school, but they know everything about the health and care of the human body? They hate "Big Pharma". They despise western medicine. They watched documentaries and read books. They're a vegan. How do you inform or possibly educate this massively growing group of people? As a health care provider this annoys me and scares me at the same time.

Here’s a few posts on how I’ve dealt with this in the past

Basically… if I can see that the person is not open to any discussion about their opinion, I just half smile and nod. 

Sometimes I take the approach of “if you can’t trust me to take good care of you and to recommend what I have learned is best, then maybe I shouldn’t be your doctor.” That statement alone will make some folks at least listen to science. I will keep things lighthearted and not be super pushy, but I am firm and very clear about the risks associated with a patient’s choice so I know they’ve heard all sides of the story. 

I have plenty of folks who refuse things I recommend (hello flu shots) and I get really serious with them and talk about worst case scenario stuff – ICU rooms and ventilators and death – and then if they still refuse then I move on. I’ve had more than a few who finally broke down after I bugged them about a colonoscopy or mammogram or flu shot enough times, though. You do have to be persistent. I don’t ever want to hear a patient say “you didn’t tell me I needed this!” 

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Honestly, I don’t have but a handful of patients who refuse basically everything I recommend. Those are the folks that I ask bluntly why they waste their money to pay to come see me if they don’t trust my advice and then I offer to refer them to another doctor. 

To some extent, anon, you have to inform your patient of what you know to be right, but then also allow them to make their own decisions, even if you think the decisions are stupid ;).

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So, as a British person with no former knowledge of the American electoral system; what I’m learning tonight is that it’s even more ridiculous and outdated than I could have possibly imagined.

PSA

Hanschen and Ernst are not parallels to Melchior and Wendla, they’re foils.

Hanschen has as much knowledge–sexual and otherwise–as Melchior, but he 1. Displays control and constraint, and 2. Doesn’t share his knowledge or use it to (attempt to) help others.

Ernst is sweet and believes in the good of people like Wendla, but he has the sexual awakening that means he can make informed decisions and can realize his own dreams without the effects of an overbearing parent.

They aren’t the same as Melchior and Wendla, they’re what Melchior and Wendla could be if they were better and lived in a better world.

The experience of reading a book shouldn’t be about what we’re taught in school. The point is not to know what happened– it’s to respond emotionally and philosophically to the plot, characters and dialogue. A good novel transforms your worldview and informs the decisions you make in your daily life, both conscious and unconscious. Savor each page rather than trying to blaze through the book as if it’s some sort of competition. Some books are meant to be skimmed (often textbooks, interestingly enough), but if you’re reading a classic try to really enjoy it rather than focusing on the goal of being done with it. Focus on the value of each word, fragment, and sentence rather than ‘getting it’ or trying to digest a work in its entirety.
—  Unknown

What does the Bible say about decision-making?

The Bible offers many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honor God. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture.

First, begin with prayer. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we should pray in all situations, we should certainly pray in times of decision-making. As we pray, we ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

Second, define the issue. Wise decisions are informed decisions. It is important to understand what options are available. Once the factors are known, options can be further considered and evaluated.

Third, seek biblical wisdom. Some decisions become easy, if there is one clear choice consonant with God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When we follow the teachings of God’s Word, He guides our path and provides knowledge to make wise choices.

Fourth, seek godly counsel. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Sometimes, consulting with a friend or family member is enough. At other times, consulting with a pastor or other trusted voice can make the difference between a harmful decision and a helpful one.

Fifth, trust the Lord with your decision. In other words, if you’ve make your decision with prayer, sound wisdom, and biblical counsel, trust God for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Sixth, be willing to admit mistakes and adjust accordingly. In most cases, there is no wisdom in continuing down a wrong path after you have discovered it is wrong. Be willing to admit mistakes or failures and ask God for the grace to change.

Seventh, give praise to God for your success. When your decisions result in personal success, the temptation is to believe it is due to your own power, talent, or genius. However, it is God who blesses our efforts and gives strength. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

re: roadrat wrestling!au

what if, one day while working in the office together, mako and jamie overhear the radio advertise a contest where the winner gets to spend an entire day with the notorious wrestler Roadhog and get special VIP backstage access to a show with them

mako freaks out, because he was never?!? informed of this decision???!?!?

before mako can stop him, jamie frantically calls and redials until, finally, he reaches the station, and after answering all the trivia questions regarding Roadhog (which mako cant help but be thoroughly impressed) HEYYY HE WON!!! YEAH!!!!

mako buries his head in his hands. he’s gonna have a serious talking to with his manager.

Okay so I cannot stop thinking about how Bob said that Bellamy doesn’t fully believe they can survive the apocalypse and how that probably informed Bellamy’s decision re: the slaves and man I hope that is made explicit in the text in the near future because it is so heartbreakingly Bellamy to be pessimistic about their chances but keep fighting any way?  Like, he assumes the end is coming.  Nothing he can do can change that, but the people he loves– particularly Clarke– aren’t giving up, so he’s not going to let them see his doubts.  But he is also looking at what he believes to be the realistic options, and nothing they do with the hydrogenerator is going to actually make a difference so he’s going to take the public heat that comes with sacrificing their “future” because it means these people (who are mostly strangers to him, and previously his “enemies”) get some time with their families before the end.

And it would be so easy for him to say “Sorry Clarke, but I honestly don’t think anything we do now is worth a damn” but he knows that will break her heart so instead he says “we save who we can save today.”  He is willing to let her down in this small way by not completing the mission they agreed on, but he will spare her further pain by not admitting he doesn’t believe they can survive.  

Right now, Clarke is clearly hanging on by a thread emotionally, so Bellamy is doing his goddamn best to prop her up.  He’s not going to let her see his doubts, even though he probably desperately needs to share them with her (because Clarke is his Person, especially when it comes to Emotional Vulnerability).  There’s a clock on the amount of time they have left, and I would bet good money that Bellamy has decided he’s not going to use what little time he has with Clarke by making her feel more isolated and lost.  This is Peak Bellamy, tbh, because “putting everyone else’s emotional needs before his own” is pretty much how he operates on a general level, and especially with Clarke.

But I also have hope that this isn’t a one-sided dynamic.  There was some A+ facial acting from Eliza in 402, where Clarke was briefly disappointed with Bellamy’s decision and then shoved it down in favor of supporting him.  She also gets that he’s in a bad place (see: her concern for him in 401 coupled with her gratitude), so she’s not going to make him feel worse by criticizing what she understands was a difficult choice.  She was prioritizing his feelings over hers right then, which is a really hard thing to do when you’re under as much stress as they are.  Just as he’s protecting her by hiding his real suspicions about their chances, Clarke is protecting Bellamy by choosing to support his decision no matter what.

I don’t know how this will be resolved– Bellamy snapping and Clarke comforting him? Clarke figuring out that he’s just pretending to have faith for her sake and hugging him?  Some other option that will surely destroy me emotionally?– but I suspect it will be addressed.  This season (and to be fair, parts of 3B) has worked very hard to show that they are co-leaders, but what’s more, they’re two people who care about each other equally.

And that, my dear friends, is bellarke.

I’d like to submit a post I made from a throwaway account. Here it is in its entirety:

So I’m not sure if this is the right time or place but it’s 1 AM and this has been keeping me up ever since I learned about it. A friend tipped me off recently that Yandere Dev is no other than EvaXephon, and knowing what I know about him…I just want this information out there so people can make informed decisions about this person and whether or not to support his game.

About eight years ago, I was fourteen and Eva was twenty-one. I was in eighth grade, finishing up middle school, and loved to hang out at his “vidya revolution” stream after school. I went by the name sisefs. I was not quiet about my gender, and when he found out I was a girl he just went nuts in the way internet creepers do. Being fourteen and shy as hell in real life, I enjoyed that attention, not realizing how wrong it was. So when he wanted to “date” me…I went along with it.

Now, I want to point this out: Eva knew I was fourteen. He was well aware for the entirety of our relationship. His justification - and I remember this clearly because it struck out to me as strange - was that since he was home-schooled, he had missed out on the experience of dating girls in high school and this was the perfect opportunity to make up for that. I reminded him I was in middle school, not high school. He said, “Same difference.”

Here’s a list of shit that happened at that point:

  • He asked me for nudes, which I took and then provided to him via an image hosting site that’s probably long dead by now. He asked me to pose in specific ways for some of them.
  • We sexted over Skype. (worth noting, I think, is that he made excuses not to reciprocate text-based oral. Seriously?)
  • He masturbated on webcam to me while I made moaning noises over my mic at his request.
  • I borrowed my friend’s webcam to video chat with him. He asked me to strip, but my friend was in the room with me. Instead, when she wasn’t looking, I flashed him.

That’s as much as I can dredge up from memory; a lot of this had been repressed and only came up over the past few days as I thought long and hard about it. Our relationship was a pretty short-lived affair, anyway.

Some other things he did, while not illegal/pedophillic, were skeevy as hell:

  • saw flat-chested girls as deformed, similar to an amputee
  • dismissed me/brushed me aside whenever I spoke up about something not related to sex
  • told another girl in chat that he would keep her in a cage and love her
  • begged me to stay with him, offered to change himself etc. when I ended things, then when I refused, banned me altogether from his streams and began to spread vitriol about me
  • lied heavily to cover his own tracks

I’m under the impression that his version of the story is as follows: I was some desperate girl who sent nudes unsolicited to everyone and anyone, and he deleted the disgusting pics and banned me as soon as he learned I was underage. Believe who you want; I’m not here to garner attention or stir up drama, hence the throwaway account. I just want the truth out there.

I don’t know if I’ll even return to this account but if I do, I’ll try to answer any questions this may bring up.

And if you’d like proof, I’m sorry, I don’t really know how to go about proving any of this. The pictures are long gone, the Skype account is no more, the livestream account is inaccessible. Just know that I have nothing to gain from doing this…I only want people to know. And, to an extent, the story is out there already - told by various people from the chatroom who witnessed some of this as it happened - but no one knew the full extent of what was going on. Well, now you know, straight from the horse’s mouth. :/ Thanks for reading.

Open up your heart and open up your mind.
We have created these messages in which you’re to find.
Your brazen words of “wisdom” and your attitude worth no dime all expel no confidence that has wasted all our time.
You say you make “informed” decisions for a country you know, living life by standards you’re not willing to let go.
And blaming other people for subjects you don’t know only shows how little knowledge you’re willing to for show.
You say climate doesn’t matter as the icebergs are melting slow, leaving other species warm and without a home.
Let’s build a wall dividing them from us staking claim that it will be the best for the both of us.
Leaving all these people in a sorrowed rut, making sure there all thrown out on their butts.
The fact is you have money claiming its just luck, but the truth is you wouldn’t even spend a buck.
Leaving people homeless doesn’t come as shock, but next time I really hope the world has better luck.
The holes in the ozone really truly suck; it’s just a matter of time before our galaxy becomes unstuck.
You say let’s wreak havoc on some places on this earth; let’s unleash that atomic bomb that started hell on earth.
We’ll wipe out masses with radiation and become just like Hitler without all of the idolisation.
You’re making tasteless statements about our babies, proclaiming that you know just how to treat the ladies.
Yet you ridicule all the media with conflicting allegations saying that they just “don’t know how they’re treating you.”
You just sit in silence while our people protest hate crime and gun violence; you claim that there is no need to create an alliance.
Our world is filled with people who are afraid of what they show, just because their skin isn’t as white as snow.
We are here to let you know, that you won’t make us feel that low.
And that just goes to show that we will never let love go.
You never say you’re sorry for all the pain caused by the worry.
But here you are with your head held high making brazen statements that seem to be all a lie.
Since it is now up to you, I’ll leave you with this.
Please just make sure our world still gets to exist.
~K.H
—  gaybyday-gaybynight

anonymous asked:

Hello. I hope this is not a rude question to ask. What is your pronouns? I just want to know how to properly address you while talking. I hope you'll get better soon! Keep on being a fighter. Cheers!

Not rude at all, anon!

I haven’t really decided on ‘official’ pronouns yet or anything, though right now I prefer they/them, and cringe a bit when I hear she/her (but I’m still at a point where I’ll accidentally mis-pronoun myself, so I’m definitely not at a point where I’m like…asking people for something different - though I suspect that will change in the next year or two; er basically if people are still using she/her, that’s okay, just don’t expect it to be that way for the rest of my life lol).

I haven’t identified as a woman for quite some time though. I keep having to list myself as ‘F’ on all the health forms at the moment and it’s like ‘ugh, no, that’s not right.’ But ah well. <3

And thanks so much anon, I will definitely keep being a fighter! Sometimes that’s all I know how to do. :) I hope you’re taking care!