Crowdsourcing Your Own Mental Health? Likely No-Worse Than Any Other Option

2ed307ae2e1[1]Personally, I think your average 4Chan troll knows no-less about psychology than most trained professionals, but is any of it necessary therapeutic or useful?

I stumbled across this advertisement while looking at the abandoned blog “The Last Psychiatrist“. The Last Psychiatrist was a pretty good read back in the day but after he was ‘doxed’ or outed I suspect he was told by his employer that ‘he can’t do that no more’.

In any event, that’s not why I’m writing this but instead because of an advertisement that caught my eye at the bottom that promised “Free On-Line Therapy” where your “therapy” (they call it social counseling) is managed by whomever is online at that time and wishes to give you advice.

Now you CAN pay extra and get the deluxe treatment at “$29.95 for every 500 word message to a therapist” that they promise is qualified, but also “internationally based”. To me that means you are likely getting Bangalore levels of care which may, or may not, be up to most western expectations of effective psychiatric treatment.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    My favourite form of therapy is not found online or from a psychotherapist’s prescription pad.
    It’s called bourbon.
    I used Tanqueray for bad breakups.
    As such, thirty years later on, I am not addicted to benzodiazepines or serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or any street drugs.
    And when I want to give myself esteem, I turn the hot water higher when I’m in the shower.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Do they have Maker’s Mark 46 up there?
      I’d think a case of that stuff could get anyone through the trials of Job.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Looks too expensive for me.
        Manitoba Liquor Control Commission lists it at $50+.

        http://www.liquormarts.ca/search-products/makers%20mark

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Down here it’s about $33 a bottle on-sale at the grocery store.
          My son picked up a bottle of Johnnie Walker 18-YO Platinum for about $70 at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (no federal or state tax) and that is pretty tasty.
          We made Irish Coffees with it on Thanksgiving, but that is a darned smooth whisky.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            On sale at the grocery store.
            I can only wish.
            Oh! Brady’s running out onto the field.
            Hey, is the Grey Cup on today?
            Don’t care.
            I’d rather be a Bomber than a fuckin’ Eskimo, though.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            You live in a “dry” county?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            No, you can only buy liquor at the government run store.
            And Gronk for the touchdown!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Oh CRAP!
            What happens if you need more hooch at 1:30 in the morning?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            You go to the beer vendor which is always in a small hotel.
            There are no stand alone beer stores in Manitoba.
            Saskatchewan is a little different.
            They sell liquor in the vendors.
            They also have daytime/nighttime prices.
            When the government run liquor closes in Saskatchewan, the price of a 26 goes up three or four bucks.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Wow!
            That is Taliban levels of oppression.
            Higher prices AND inconvenient hours?

            I always thought that California was a bunch of ninnies for cutting off sales at 2:00 AM and not letting you buy again until 6:00 AM.
            I think Nevada is 24/7/365 except on some election days, like that would make any difference in that state.
            I guess you just have to stock up and plan ahead.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Our liquor laws are based on the repealing of prohibition.
            They haven’t loosened as much as yours.
            It was only a few years ago that you couldn’t drink in a bar until the polls closed on election day.

          • Justin St.Denis

            When I first started working, Ontario bars did not open on Sunday.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Back in the old days my Dad knew all the local bootleggers in the area.
            They didn’t actually make liquor but they would sell you anything for twice the price after hours.

          • They still have them today in Northern Ontario. When I worked as a cabbie we did a brisk business driving customers back and forth from the local bootlegger. Police tried to shut it down, but we always found a way around it — if we parked on the street instead actually pulling into the bootlegger’s place we couldn’t be charged.

            Of course customers complained — they didn’t want to walk the 100 feet from the bootleggers to the cab carrying a case of beer. They expected express service for an illegal activity! Dang, are drunks ever lazy.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’d walk a two mile round trip in thirty below when I had to.

          • Especially if one already has plenty of “anti-freeze” in one’s system, heck no pain at all.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            It wasn’t that I had too much anti-freeze but the fear that I wouldn’t have enough.

          • It’s a terrifying prospect.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            It was fuel for studying.
            My wife used to take the kids to the in-laws for the weekend while I did homework.
            Besides calculus and all the homework I was assigned, the course in communications circuits really was a ball buster.
            Transistor modelling was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to learn.
            Up until five am going why can’t I get this?
            If it wasn’t for beer and Blur I don’t know if I’d have made it through.

          • I’m familiar with that study/sleep pattern. Why do think I’m up at 2:47 a.m. still writing? My metabolism is used to it, hard habit to get out of (although I graduated almost 20 yrs ago).

            Far as booze helping concentration, no way. Booze helped with sleep. But everybody’s different.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I also awaken sometime after 2:30 a.m. I will be online for a couple of hours, then hit the weight rack by 5:00 a.m. At 6:00 a.m., a dear friend of mine pops by for a workout which I oversee, and at 7:30 a.m. we go have breakfast. Then my wife wakes up and my REAL life begins. 😉

          • You’re lucky to have a wife. My ex was a control freak. And a super light sleeper — if a cockroach took a shit in the kitchen she would wake up startled like a Boeing 747 just crashed in our yard.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I can study for days on end if I’ve got a beer in front of me.
            It doesn’t really help concentration but it makes it bearable.
            Also, during exam week our study group would break down after the fourth of six exams in five days and go down the pub for just a couple and then we’ll come back to finish.
            Right guys?
            Famous last words, so the state dependent memory would kick in when we dragged ourselves into the exam room the next morning.

      • Exile1981

        I took the flow restrictor off a bottle of Ron Baccardi 151 proof rum and then chugged all 750ml of it after my seperation to my 1st wife. Then several days later when I sobered up I realized I didn’t alcohol to knumb the pain…. being away from her meant it left with her.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I hope that wasn’t a full bottle of 151 that you chugged.
          I once drank myself into an emergency room visit and the Dr. said I had a blood alcohol limit of .32, and I don’t think I drank anything like that.
          I didn’t feel very good for a while after that.

          • Exile1981

            I’m not sure. The friends with me say I gave 2 or 3 swigs away and I had about 1 finger left when I woke up.

            The friends stayed up all night to make sure I didn’t die. It took 3 days to sober up enough to even walk to the bathroom on.my own. I’m pretty sure I should have gone tobthe ER.

            That was 16 years ago and my last drinking session.

    • Waffle

      Tanqueray makes the best martoonis.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Tanqueray Rangpur is my Go-To for G&Ts

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Those are dangerous.
          Oh, to be single again and have disposable income so I could go smoke and drink in a bar once in a while.
          Who am I kidding?
          I was miserable then.

        • Waffle

          Didn’t know about that one — will have to try. Have been sipping Wray & Nephew’s over-proof lately.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I used to bartend banquets and sometimes they’d have bourbon on the rail.
            People would come in and say I’ll have a double bourbon, on the rocks with coke.
            And I’d say, are you sure?
            They’d say yes and I’d say ookaayyy.
            Blasphemers.

          • Waffle

            I used to bartend in the faculty lounge — was trained by the catering manager of food services. He was good. Later worked at a golf club. Thank g-d I never had to make girlie cocktails. Have become very fussy in my old age — if I can’t afford the really good stuff, I just don’t imbibe. I think my all-time faves are a really fine cognac or a very well aged single-malt.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Horrible!

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    And the Patriots intercepted on the Denver 10!

  • I think Lucy Van Pelt had something similar.

  • Gary

    Harry Chapin was right that all my Life’s a Circle.

    In the 1960’s Toronto had almost every Community that knew which person or Family were low-income to border on poverty. The Local Church or Aid Groups made up of volunteers would help these people based on the Needs for food or clothing for children , this was the norm along with a Basket at x-Mas .
    We have now gone full circle where the Government hijacked those jobs over time to create layers upon layers of Public sector employees within the Welfare Industrial Complex on top of United Way now being a huge Corporation with six figure salaries in the upper Level to eat-up a chunk of the donation meant for the needy that they too hijacked from volunteers.
    The Scouts and Red Cross did charity work too which help seniors .

    But even as Ontario races to the $400 billion debt , while the Government still claims they won’t over look the poor and orphans, we still have the homeless people along with those on Welfare crying for more as if a place to live and not having to work wasn’t enough help.

    Suddenly people think it’s a New idea and break through for charity to do Crowd funding which is what should have still been the norm from the 1960’s
    before it became Jobs with a gold-Plated pension and generous Benefits .

    Sadly though , Liberalism is a Mental Disorder from birth where the victims are detached from their Conscience and end up doing more harm top the people they believe they are helping( i.e. , rip 25,000 traumatized people in a War Zone from their homeland to parachute into a Western Culture with no assurance of jobs and surround them with people their faith orders to convert or kill ) .

    Everywhere I shop there is some Charity wanting money for their cause while we know that about 85% of the money goes to salaries and operating costs which is just another scam that fooled the CRA as a Charity .

    Crowd funding gets 100% of the money to the person as it did in the 1960’s with Real volunteers and not the Toronto Council definition for grants where they make $25.00 an hour as volunteers or the Ontario Government Union jobs with pensions do the task .

    The Ontario Government will run out of other people’s money , as will Justin’s Liberals , which will trigger massive poverty for the majority instead of the 1960’s where the majority funded the Minority of needy locally by donations and volunteers.
    Those with jobs won’t be able to give enough from the Liberalism disaster
    that had good intention by the 1980’s by was a Ponze scheme from the start.
    I help people locally and still do work for seniors such as to shovel their walk which the City will do for FREE ( euphemism for tax funded $45.00 an hour CUPE member) but I know it’s NOT free just like the City made Rinks in the Winter and Dental Care for refugees .

    As for Chapin , he cared about the planet and drove his 1974 VW rabbit that he was killed back in 1981 when a truck hit it from behind to rip open the fuel tank and crush the car engulfed in flames.
    Wynne and Justin are in a Rabbit to save the Planet but the 30 tonne Debt truck is about to slam into the car and burst their false-reality Ponze scheme bubble that will go up in flames.

    We need more Crowd-funding but have the Gov get the hell out of Charity work because they took over the Lottery business to wipe out Charities that ran bingo halls locally to help people and now the OLG is a Corporation and the Gov is still losing money each year with a $20 billion deficit .
    The CRA needs to re-define a Charity to make sure they give more in Aid than that operating costs while their Books must be Public to prove it .

    • Justin St.Denis

      Gary, that was an excellent and thought-provoking comment. What an excellent idea – replacing our charitable donations with crowd funding donations. I am going to talk to my wife about that………

      • Gary

        Please do , you can set-up a website by yourself for as little as $9.00 dollars a month as I did once but today you won’t need the $150.00 software as I did in 2009 because now Web Hosting companies now include the Drag n Drop system to post a photo or insert a Text Box to compose information about the photo.
        You could be a ‘ Crowd-Funding Information Navigator ‘ which only steers people to those with needs which they choose which keeps you away from being seen as endorsing a Posting if it goes sour so the media won’t comes after you to make it out to be a scam .

        I had a GST rebate cheque that the bank said was too old , all I did
        was save two of them to cash at once for the lower Clearing cost to the Government in one account payable reconciliation .
        I cashed the good cheque and ripped up the bad one to the shock of the clerk , I told them that it would same money because the $30.00+ cheque I could get replaced would cost about $150.00 in time for all the Government workers that would handle it from Voiding it and approve the re-issue to someone to add it to the Computer Print out only once as new and then watch for it coming it to balance the Accounts payable record .

        If you start helping the needy directly at the point for poverty it will be 100% charity and no cost to the taxpayers and NO generous Pension for you and the others linked in the current system when the Government does it .
        This method for crowd-funding will filter out the fraudsters which will be a crime instead of the Welfare system with massive fraud nobody wants to deal with because nobody gets fired when the system is corrupt from the head down since a thief never calls the Police to report another thief that stole their stolen goods .

  • Everyone Else

    good post DB

  • WalterBannon

    My favorite form of therapy is saying “I told you so” after muslims chop off Turdeau’s head…