I'm sorry for the hurry in the last reply, because I don't have many opportunities to use computers at school. And last month our computer room was disconnected because our teacher thought using the Internet during school would interfere with learning.Froggychum wrote: ↑Wed Sep 07, 2022 11:04 pmThat makes sense. I know that north of China there is Mongolia, which I believe has one of the lowest population densities of all countries in the world.There are also fewer people in Northwest China because of the high terrain, thin air, inconvenient transportation and poor contact with the outside world. And the terrain is not conducive to the development of agriculture, and the food is limited.
Sorry, I keep forgetting that image hosting doesn't load for you.I'm sorry I can't open your picture, but if you upload the picture file directly, I should be able to see it, because I have successfully transmitted a picture before.
Let me try the attachment feature:
Did that work?
The only drug that is legal here is weed. Well, it has many names so maybe it does not translate well. It is also called cannabis or marijuana. I could probably go for a while but I figure one of those terms will work.It seems that drugs are legal in Canada, but in my personal understanding, this is very bad, because the harm of drugs is very serious, and there is no tolerance for drugs in China.
This was a recent decision. I support it because marijuana is generally not very harmful, and a lot of people were imprisoned for simply having it on their person. At most, I have heard some people get nausea, headaches and slight paranoia from using it, and so they choose to stop. The main use of weed is in medicine as pain relief, and for recreation. People who do weed are called stoners or potheads which can be used in both a derogatory or non-derogatory way depending on context.
In recreation, people use it for relaxation and some people just like 'getting high' which I think is okay as long as they can still function in society and contribute to society. Marijuana is scientifically proven to NOT be addictive. In fact, it is actually possible to behave and even work while high on weed. It is not a hallucinogenic either.
As for other (more harmful) drugs, I don't remember exactly but I believe some have been decriminalized, which means that they are still an illegal thing to buy and sell, but people are not getting arrested and facing charges for being addicted to them. I support this because it means that we can set up social programs to help people break their addictions.
Some examples of harmful drugs used in Canada include heroin and cocaine. I have been told by my mother that she has noticed some of our previous neighbors were doing cocaine. They had to move somewhere else a year ago because of losing all their money to feed their addiction. It was unfortunate, but they were bad people who took advantage of my mother's generosity a lot, and they were also violent towards her one time. I am sorry for where they are in life, but I don't hesitate to call them bad people. I'm happy they have left.
Heroine is probably the worse of those two. Apparently, Canada has been going through an 'opiod epidemic' and a trending drug nowadays is called Fentanyl (or carfentanyl) which is extremely dangerous due to how many people overdose on it and die.
Basically, we have also created designated locations for addicts to do drugs. This sounded very weird to me at first, and even shocking! I asked my mother why we were giving people a place to do drugs, but she told me it would not encourage people to start heroin, but rather the purpose is to have these places so that emergency medics can stay nearby to prevent overdoses, and hand out clean needles to prevent infections.
Canada also has started selling a heroin substitute called Methadone, which is used by pharmacies to stave off some of the addiction while keeping them healthy and away from heroine which is destructive. These places are called methadone clinics, because they sell to people with requests for it. Of course, this has to be done in writing by medical professionals. Not any person can just go buy Methadone for fun.
for a long time I thought drug addicts were all worthless, but then I listened to some stories about how they were forced to live, and now I appreciate how much effort it takes to get out of an addictive substance. I think it is humane for us to try and make them comfortable while we encourage them to become clean.
Because, addicts will find a way to get their drugs, even in prisons they can get them. There is no harm to society with having them be treated like people who are suffering from a disorder, rather than treating them like evil criminals.
I will say though that I understand addicts do more crime than most people. I don't think they should get any leeway for robbery or assault, even if I sympathize with their struggles.
Also, I think some recreational drugs should be allowed in society, because I value freedom. However, I think harmful drugs should not be available for purchase and social services should be available to help addicts overcome their drug use.
In the united states of america (Canada's southern sister-country) the situation is even more extreme, and to my knowledge also has become complicated because of the Drug War started by Nixon in the 1970s (roughly). Racial minorities suffer the most drug-related crimes, for socioeconomic reasons. I don't live there, but I think it would be good if they re-thought how heavily they punish people for extremely minor crimes like having a single gram of marijuana in a bag at your house.
Sorry that was long , but I guess I am more passionate about this issue then I realized.
A little bit of snow is super beautiful!I'm looking forward to snow.
A lot of snow is absolutely hellish. Especially when it lasts six or more months straight. Canada can get an amount of snow up to an average man's waist, depending on the weather.
This warms my heart. I hope you and your sister keep a good relationship, and that you both find loving and kind spouses (unless you do not want to ever marry, then I still wish you happiness)I have a sister who loves me very much. She is seven years older than me. If she gets married in the future, I think I may be very sad.
I had to search the internet for what 'etiology' means. I think I understand the question now.If you can, can you tell me about your etiology. Although I don't know anything about it.
Basically, I have several neurological conditions, ever since birth. Some of them are diagnosed fairly commonly in Canada.
To my memory, I have autism (specifically, asperger's syndrome), borderline ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).
These are all very complicated (obviously, doctors study for many years), but I can simply explain what I have felt:
- Autism causes me to struggle with some kinds of empathy as well as social norms like sarcasm or eye contact. I also often suffer sensory overload, which can cause me to become uncomfortable or even have a breakdown. This is rare, since I am an adult and have learned to control myself better.
- OCD is something which causes me to feel inclined to perform various 'rituals' (no religious meaning intended) or else I will become mentally irritable. You can think of it like an imaginary itch which is only soothed if you do the rituals. These things include mostly silly stuff - such as turning the lights on and off three times before leaving a room - such as washing your hands three times instead of just once - such as constantly orienting your carpets or paintings to always be perfectly straight and without wrinkles. Another thing OCD causes is nervous tics, which are basically just strange movements that I feel compelled to do to feel comfortable. This could include blinking your eyes shut very hard, or splaying your fingers out, or cracking your neck back. These tics appear unusual and weird too other people, and they also can actually increase anxiety instead of decrease it. Some people get stuck in tic spirals, where they keep doing these tics for several minutes. These tics are not uncontrollable spasms, like with other diseases, but rather they are chosen to be done in order to try and alleviate anxiety caused from not doing them.
- ODD is kind of funny, but also one that has caused me the most harm I think. It is a disorder which basically makes me inclined to angrily reject anything I am told to do. Basically, if something is phrased to me as a demand, I get an instinctual response of anger and refusal. This is not even limited to words. I have had dreams where I try to walk through a door, and it closes in front of me. My subconscious brain interprets this as unfair , as a violation and as a force of adversity against me. Thus, I became angered. I have gotten better at controlling this, and I do not have outbursts anymore from it.
- ADHD is worse for many people, mine is quite minor. Hence, it is called borderline. The main issue I get from ADHD is that I have trouble focusing.
It should be noted that if I could cure OCD, ODD and ADHD I would. But I would always choose to have autism. the reason is that Autism is a strange condition which basically is a part of an Autistic person's personality. There is no clear line between where their sense of self and creative expression ends, and where the neurological difference begins.
Also, I am extremely blessed, because my autism is a high-functioning kind, which means that I am mostly similar to other people, except some differences. I have known people with such severe autism that they are totally non-verbal and have a range of communication barely more expressive than infants, even if they are in their 30s. This is not an exaggeration, the most severe autism can be considered an intellectual deficiency. Sadly, many autistic people may seem extremely crippled on the outside, but internally they are actually as developed as normal adults, except they are unable to physically express themselves, and so appear to be totally incapable people. This is tragic, I think.
I stopped taking that med. I have been fine. I think I may have been very anxious about university, and overestimated how little of an attention span I would have. So far, I have done well in my classes.If it is really useful for the disease, it should still be used. If it is not helpful to the body, I don't think I will accept it. Of course, it depends on how you feel.
I also consider myself 'healthy', because all my conditions are internal and mental. Honestly, I am so happy to have come so far.I am a healthy person. At least so far, I have not found any serious diseases.
I remember when I was 4 to 12 years old, my brain did not work properly. I was equally as smart, funny and creative as I am today (well except for the years of knowledge gained of course) but I did not experience reality in the same way as everyone else.
It is hard to explain, but the best way I can describe it is with a narrative illustration:
While walking down a hallway, someone bumps their shoulder lightly on the wall and grumbles before moving on.
While walking down a hallway, which makes my young self disoriented, I struggle as I focus extremely hard on making sure to 'walk on the right way', which is anguishing for me, because I don't know if I am supposed to walk on the right-hand side of the hallway, or if I am supposed to walk with my right-foot being given special intention? Does that mean I need to hop around on one leg, or do I need to limp with my left leg as though it is not carrying my weight?
Anyone else would realize this is a silly thought, but my younger self would be anxious about what would happen if I did the wrong thing. I wanted to prove that I was smart and capable, like anyone, so I decided to do both things so neither possible direction would be failed!
But, just as I make that decision, I hit my shoulder! It doesn't hurt, but it is extremely annoying, because I have been pulled from my thoughts. Now, I feel as if my decision can no longer be made, since the moment I was 'using' to make that choice was ruined by coincidence.
Of course, that is nonsensical. But my brain is wired in a way where it is just that upsetting, and that is the way I perceive it. Of course, I cannot grumble this off. Because now I have to make another choice! I was told to walk on the right way, but I can not walk on the right-hand side and also use my right-foot only. What now?
This situation is kind of dragging on, so I'm going to stop there. I will say two quick things
1. This was actually a fairly tame situation for me to have been in... when it came to direct communication, things were multiple times worse than when I was simply alone and in my head like this.
2. To summarize, if you want a similar experience to untreated autism, just bash yourself in the head until you feel disoriented and confused about every single thing that you come across. Then, fall asleep into a nightmare which is a repeat of all of that, except you are lucid and aware you are dreaming, but you still cannot help but get just as mad again by everything that happens.
I've taken various forms of mental health assistance over the years, and of course my mother was always extremely patient and attentive to her two sons. I also take medication to alleviate some of the symptoms.So I may not be able to imagine your pain, but I sincerely hope that your disease can be treated and recover as soon as possible.
Thankfully, besides some eccentricities and a generally higher barrier to begin tasks, my brain follows the same patterns everyone else does. I am extremely happy that my mind is no longer such an alien, unrecognizable horror show!
this was probably my longest response yet. I feel like I spent a lot of time talking about things which have to do with me or my beliefs, and not a lot of time talking about things you said about yourself, or asking new questions.
I hope i did not come off as too self-centered. I obviously have more things to say about my life than the other stuff, but I don't want to annoy you by only talking about myself.
Anyway, since I mostly wrote this in a 'stream of consciousness' manner it is probable I miscommunicated some things or just mixed up some details.
please take your time to read and respond, your studies are much more important than spending time listening to me
Yesterday was National Day, so I had a five-day holiday. It allows me to go home and get some rest.
It works. I can see the pictures you sent
I am curious about how it would feel if a native English speaker wrote an English test paper in our country. If you'd like to try, I'll find a test paper next time.
There's no problem with the translation, because all three words mean marijuana, right
I only know the name of these drugs, because I have not seen them since I was a child, I only saw people taking drugs in movies and television works.
There are drug addicts everywhere, which is terrible, because 200 years ago, our country went through the Opium War.
So in my opinion, the legalization of drugs is a terrible thing, even if some may not have great effects on the body.
E-cigarettes have recently become popular in China, but many minors are tempted by the fruity taste to try them and, in turn, smoke traditional cigarettes. It's a poison coated in sugar. So our country banned the sale of fruit-flavored e-cigarettes on October 1 this year, which may be hard for some e-cigarette lovers. But it is necessary for the health of more non-smokers.
There is a big difference in the temperature between the two days where I live. The highest temperature will be 38 degrees Celsius tomorrow and only 13 degrees Celsius in two days.
A little snow is really beautiful, but the amount of snow falls on the ground will melt away, there is no snow on the ground. The right amount of snow can be a snowball fight with friends or make a snowman.
I haven't seen snow that lasts for months. It's rare to see snow that lasts for a few days here.
I saw Neil Hilborn's speech and it left a deep impression on me.
These mental illnesses are indeed very complex, and after listening to your description, I looked up some materials on the Internet and got a little understanding.
I am surprised that these problems can have a serious impact on your life, but fortunately you have a good situation and are moving in a better direction.
What surprised me was also your expression ability. Your description was very good and explained the trouble of mental illness. Even if I used translation software, I could understand what you expressed. And that got me thinking.
Hopefully you'll be able to get off the medication and get out of this mess.
I would like to share two songs with you. I don't know if you have heard Chinese songs before, so I recommend two English songs: Whatever It Takes. One of the singers is named Convolk, and since this song has a lot of names, it should take a while to find out. Another New Rules piece: Pasta
I like to listen to many songs, which make me relax in study or other things, and music can bring me different feelings.
And some good pure music to share with you next time
Thank you for your patient reply. It took me a little time to read it, but it's not a problem. It's also learning for me.