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Comment Re:Let's compare before and after (Score 1) 556

As an Australian woman, I agree, any policy that reduces assault is a good thing. However, apart from the fact that I don't know any women who do or would routinely carry weapons (it's just not an Aussie thing), and the fact that even in the US, only 0.64% of violent crime victims defended defended themselves with firearms (after adjustment for Police self defence, when looking at sex crimes you also need to consider the societal changes - eg : women are more likely to report assaults now than they were in the early-mid 90s; there has been a widening of the definition of sexual assault, etc, (

This suggests that guns have minimal impact on the rate of sexual assault - as I said in my initial comment, if guns were a major factor in preventing sexual assault, there should have been a sharp increase after 1996 (also, if it takes firearms to act as a primary deterrent to assault, there is something very, very wrong with society)

Comment Re:interesting. After an accident I made a choice (Score 1) 556

The facts show, unequivocally, that gun bans and strict gun laws are correlated with an increase in violent crimes, and a large increase in sexual assault and rape. That's just a fact- when politicians remove womens' ability protect themselves, many more women get raped. (I can provide a link to full statistics from official government sources , and further explanation, upon request) .

Really? Because this would suggest differently : The gun buyback went into place it 1996 - if removal of guns increased crime as you say, you'd expect quite the upward trend. Oddly enough, looks pretty stable to me...

Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 2) 133

I'll admit, my situation was a little weird, and we did try other options before going the drug route (CBT, relaxation techniques, exercise, etc). I was also lucky in that my parents were very invested and involved, and took the time to work with me to try and fix it without pharmaceutical intervention. If they'd been more time-poor, or less involved (as a lot of parents these days seem to be), it's possible that drugs would have been the first choice, rather than the last.

I also think it depends on the country and medical system you're part of - before my doctor would agree to prescribe anything I had to go to a psychiatrist for evaluation. Australia is also pretty well regulated, so we don't get "talk to your doctor" type advertising, which may have an impact

Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

How do you know that you would not have had the same repsonse if not a better one if you were given a placebo??

Oddly enough, my mother did try placebos at one point (she was a nurse, so was in to that sort of stuff). She would give me what I later found out was a small amount of milk with vanilla essence in it, and tell me it was "medicine". It worked to calm the panic somewhat, but not prevent it from occurring (and oddly enough, I'd rather it just didn't occur full-stop).

However once I hit puberty pretty much everything went out of the window (thanks hormones!). Even now I have noticed that I'm more likely to have problems during certain points in the hormone cycle.

Add to that that I've been on three different versions (paroxetine, sertraline and venlafaxine), and had very different experiences from each. If I was only experiencing the placebo effect, I'd expect to have a similar outcome from each, but that wasn't the case (Paroxetine was good, but lost efficacy. Sertraline was awesome for the OCD (stopped it dead), middling on the anxiety, and made me an emotional mess. Venlafaxine is good for the anxiety, but only passable for the OCD).

Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 5, Interesting) 133

I was put on Paxil (Aropax in Australia) at 16. It was literally life-changing. Previously I had random panic attacks, with no specific trigger - sometimes up to 4 a day. Leaving the house to go anywhere but school without triggering an attack was impossible, and even school could be hit-and-miss. Add OCD to the mix, and lets just say, it wasn't exactly a lot of fun.

Two weeks after beginning paroxetine, I went to a friends house for a sleep over for the first time in just under a decade. I remember leaving my house without any feelings of anxiety or dread, and remarking to my Mum that "this is how normal people must feel!".

Yes, I'll agree that in some cases these drugs are prescribed too quickly, and too easily, and they aren't side-effect free (hellooo ridiculously easy bruising!). But for the rest of us, they're worth their weight in gold (ie: the only way you'll take them off me is from my cold, dead, anxiety-sweat drenched hands).

Comment Re:I'd like to ride to work (Score 1) 304

I'm right on one of the major public transport lines and near the freeway, so it only takes me about half an hour to get to work. I'm definitely not a triathelete, so it would take me much longer than 45 minutes to ride in

Splitting the journey half public transport, half riding may be an option though for when the temperatures drop a bit (I'm in Perth, we get 3 seasons: "fuck it's hot", "not so hot, but now it's humid" and "oh no, it's almost "fuck it's hot" again" :) )

Comment Re:I'd like to ride to work (Score 1) 304

Unfortunately the public transport here has a 'no bikes in the carriages during peak hours' rule, otherwise it would be doable. Potentially could get away with it with one of the compact fold-up bikes. Hadn't thought of splitting it like that, something to consider for when the cooler months come in :)

Comment Re:Here's a Thought... (Score 1) 608

Perhaps a longitudinal study would help - pick a group of kids (both genders), ask every year or so 'what do you want to be when you grow up? Why'. Or even just a list of possible careers, and ask them to say why they would / wouldn't do it.

It would take a few years to get a result, but at least you'd get a clearer answer.

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