Help-Seeking, Housekeeping

1. I am alive! I’m also still adjusting to grad school and having ten hours of commuting a week. Actual regular blogging is forthcoming as I wrap up and copy edit posts written in scraps between classes and in trains.

2. Recently I started reading some academic texts on depression in older adults. Holy mother of confounds, y’all. It could be dementia, or it could be depression with psychosis! It could be health and digestive concerns, or it could be a the anorexia/depression combination! It could be pre-dementia, showing as a mild cognitive impairment, or it could be executive function difficulties from depression! But I’m learning some really interesting things, and a post will be forthcoming.

3. MealSquares, which I’ve been trying out, are so good for my brand of badbrains. So. Good. They’re low-variance, so when I’m trying to over-optimize food and overwhelmed by different options, I can make the decision as basic as “Which of these two square things looks like it has more chocolate chips? This one? Okay, I’ll eat that one.” And then when I eat that one, it’s likely I’ve eaten something nutritionally complete, and I can stop thinking about it.

4. Help-seeking: based on a discussion had recently with classmates, I’m wondering if some readers could help me out. Do you have expressive or receptive language difficulties? Other language processing concerns? Lots of therapist skills are geared towards specific movement, speaking, and expressive cues. We’ve noticed that this can break down in interacting with language processing problems. But we don’t have better rules of thumb to replace in such instances. If you imagine yourself talking to a therapist or having a therapist talk to you, what would you prefer they did? What makes things harder for you?

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