I suffer from depression, and some related issues like anxiety. I was first treated for it in a few years ago, though my condition predates that treatment by some unknown amount. Since that time, I’ve had varying success managing that aspect of myself, but most of the time I can keep it from interfering much with my personal and professional life.
The severity of my condition varies, and lately it has varied…against me. I’m not really functional, due to a combination of random-onset crying, incredible fatigue, (even for me) very high distractability, and virtually no motivation or enjoyment of my usual pleasures and rewards.
I am 100% certain that I’m going to be OK. I’ve been through episodes like this before — though it’s been perhaps a decade since the last one of this severity — and I have always come out the other side with a better understanding of myself and improvements to my life. I am intellectually optimistic, even if my emotional state doesn’t often match these days. I could not wish for a more supportive family, circle of friends, and set of co-workers. I’m truly touched by the kind notes and words from so many people already, even though I know that my absence will make their lives harder for a while.
If we could discuss mental illness with the same candor as we do our diets, food allergies, back pain, or diabetes, I think that it would be much easier for people to get the help they need. It is very hard to make good decisions about treatment (like to get some!) when your very mind is working against you; doing it alone is terrifying and for many people virtually impossible. I am incredibly fortunate to have the support, experience, and resources that I do, and it is still a very difficult thing for me to work through.
bldg next door leveled… parking coming soon?
In Sweden, Equality Starts in Pre-School.
Turning theory into practice
Trödje pre-school started working with gender pedagogy in 1996. Pre-school teacher Ingeborg Bergvall says: “We keep the children under observation to see which abilities they need to develop and then we work with that. One example is that we keep boys and girls separated during lunch, since girls from an early age know that they are expected to serve others. We want to teach them to think more about their own needs. We have also removed gender-specific toys, for instance dolls and cars.”
One of the key goals of gender pedagogy is to broaden children’s view of what boys and girls can do, and make them question gender roles.
Jonas Rangstad, a child minder at Nicolaigården pre-school, says: “In society there is a big difference between toys for boys and girls, but we always introduce all kinds of activities and toys to all children.
“I think that if I would have been raised with gender pedagogy, I would have fewer subconscious prejudices about men and women.”
In an interview with Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet two of the first children schooled in gender pedagogy at Trödje said they were more open-minded today as teenagers. Elin Gerdin described herself as independent and Niklas Knutsson said he didn’t judge people who broke gender patterns. Although Trödje children say they are just like anyone else, their teachers over the years have noted a difference. The boys were said to be unusually calm, with well-developed language skills and social competence, while the girls were more secure and could make themselves heard.
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