Saying depression is a ‘choice’ only makes things worse. Allow Andy Richter to explain.

Saying depression is a ‘choice’ only makes things worse. Allow Andy Richter to explain.
Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SiriusXM. Depression is not a choice, and anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong. After reading a tweet that simply said, "Depression is a choice," actor, writer, and comedian Andy Richter was so angry that he "pulled over after school drop-off" to vent on Twitter about what it's like to live with depression and be constantly bombarded with unhelpful "advice" that so often amounts to little more than blame for those living

AI Can Help Apple Watch Predict High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea

AI Can Help Apple Watch Predict High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea
The world’s most valuable company crammed a lot into the tablespoon-sized volume of an Apple Watch. There’s GPS, a heart-rate sensor, cellular connectivity, and computing resources that not long ago would have filled a desk-dwelling beige box. The wonder gadget doesn’t have a sphygmomanometer for measuring blood pressure or polysomnographic equipment found in a sleep lab—but thanks to machine learning, it might be able to help with their work.Research presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Anaheim Monday

Mugabe Hangs Tough, But Zimbabwes Army is Tightening the Noose

Mugabe Hangs Tough, But Zimbabwes Army is Tightening the Noose
Updated 9:45 a.m. ET, November 17, 2017In the wake of a military coup, President Robert Mugabe appears to be resisting calls to resign as negotiations between the army and the aging president are underway. And the military appears to be giving him some room to leave with dignityif indeed he retires at all. On Friday, Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony in his first public appearance since the army placed him under de-facto house arrest. Mugabe holds the title

12 Wedding Vows That Are WAY Too Honest for the Altar

12 Wedding Vows That Are WAY Too Honest for the Altar
ShareTweet It’s been six years since Tiffani and I exchanged vows. Like most soon-to-be-married couples, we had an idea of what marriage would look like. After all, we watched “chick flicks,” read a few marriage books, and spent time with older married couples. Looking back, however, I realize I didn’t know much at all about marriage. The words I promised Tiffani at our wedding were idealistic and romantic. This isn’t much different from the traditional vows you hear at

I Asked Women To Tell Me What They *Didnt* Post On Instagram, And Its The Best Thing Ive Ever Done For My Mental Health

I Asked Women To Tell Me What They *Didnt* Post On Instagram, And Its The Best Thing Ive Ever Done For My Mental Health
In the middle of one of a very bad year I signed up for a yoga retreat because my anxiety was out of control and it was worth being embarrassed about my lack of yoga skills for the promise of some peace of mind. “You’re always on vacation,” a friend commented on one of the photos I uploaded to Instagram. I laughed out loud when I saw it, . There was nothing glamorous here, nothing to be jealous of

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of eager Norwegian elkhounds, to greet them. “Is this about our case?” she asked. The police looked at her in confusion. They didn’t know what case she was talking about. Courtney felt her hope give way to a familiar dread.Three days earlier, Courtney and her husband, Steven, had gone to the police headquarters

20 things Mike Pence did while you weren’t looking and why it matters.

20 things Mike Pence did while you weren’t looking  and why it matters.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it's OK to dine with women other than his wife, we've heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, "Mike Pence's Disappearing Act." He's a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what

Oklahoma replaces anti-LGBTQ state senator with married lesbian

Oklahoma replaces anti-LGBTQ state senator with married lesbian
The Oklahoma State Legislature went through a special election this year to fill seven seats between the Oklahoma House and Senate. Four out of those seven went to Democratic candidates, following a larger national trend. But of particular note is Oklahoma Senate District 37, which flipped hard from Trump-supporting to electing an out-and-married lesbian. Serving as the third openly LGBTQ lawmaker in the Oklahoma State Legislature, Allison Ikley-Freeman works as a mental health counselor by day. This is her first

Let’s break down 15 terrible excuses from accused sexual harassers and predators.

Let’s break down 15 terrible excuses from accused sexual harassers and predators.
The world is currently being treated to a slow-rolling reveal of the alleged bad behavior of some of its most powerful men. And inevitably, with bad behavior comes excuses. It's no surprise that prominent accused harassers and predators, once cornered, would try to wriggle out of accusations of sexual conduct and abuse. What is surprising is the variety in their attempts to justify their alleged behavior. Excuses by way of apology. Excuses by way of confession. Excuses by way

The Shirk Report Volume 445

The Shirk Report  Volume 445
Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Dear Apple, – The longer you look the more you see – I have a confession.. – “Got off work early, decided to surprise my dog!”

‘Thousands’ driving without diesel filters

‘Thousands’ driving without diesel filters
Because of the cost involved, some motorists are opting instead to have them removed. It is illegal for drivers to use a car with the DPF removed, but it is not illegal for garages to take them out. 5 live Investigates followed the progress of a car which had its filter removed through MOT tests at three different garages. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people's lives by an average

Tearful Moment Widow Meets The Man Who Was Given Her Dead Husband’s Face

Tearful Moment Widow Meets The Man Who Was Given Her Dead Husband’s Face
Mental health problems are rife in today’s society, and a number of issues prevent people from seeking out the help they need. This could be a fear of opening up about their struggles due to social stigma, or financial limitations which prevent them from accessing help. In 2006, Andy Sandness from Wyoming shot himself in the face in a failed suicide attempt. He was left to suffer in a way he could have never imagined after losing his nose and jaw, and

Miley Cyrus Opens Up About How Her Role In Hannah Montana Impacted Her Mental Health – Viral Thread

Miley Cyrus Opens Up About How Her Role In Hannah Montana Impacted Her Mental Health – Viral Thread
Remember the summer of 2013, when Miley Cyrus drastically changed her image from a relatively wholesome teenager to a 20-year-old woman who embraced her sexuality in a way that many regarded as vulgar? Well, these days it seems that the young, polarizing singer has had enough of revamping her image because the music videos for her latest album Younger Now are very tame in comparison. However, what certainly hasn’t changed is her candidness and the fact that she doesn’t

50 Shades Of Gaslighting: Disturbing Signs An Abuser Is Twisting Your Reality

50 Shades Of Gaslighting: Disturbing Signs An Abuser Is Twisting Your Reality
“The erasure of the abuse was worse than the abuse…One of the most insidious things about gaslighting is the denial of reality. Being denied what you have seen. Being denied what you have experienced and know to be true. It can make you feel like you are crazy. But you are not crazy.” – Ariel Leve, How to Survive Gaslighting: When Manipulation Erases Your Reality Joshua Fuller How do you convince someone that something they to be true isn’t?

A depressing trend is emerging from our collective reaction to mass shootings.

A depressing trend is emerging from our collective reaction to mass shootings.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Remember the shooting in Texas? By the time you read this — a month later? A week later? Perhaps just two days later — what happened in Sutherland Springs will be a fading memory (where is Sutherland Springs, again?). We'll have mostly forgotten those who lost their lives and why they aren't here anymore. We won't remember that the youngest victim was 18 months old. Or that the oldest was 71. Or that an

How Many Calories You Really Burn At SoulCycle, Barre & Other Workout Classes

How Many Calories You Really Burn At SoulCycle, Barre & Other Workout Classes
Ever since Lady Gaga replaced her personal trainer for her own SoulCycle bike and we started shopping at Bandier instead of Lululemon, there’s been a shift in the world of working out. Boutique fitness is trendier than ever, and betches across the world are drinking the organic sugar-free Kool-Aid. I mean, there’s a Barry’s Bootcamp open in Milan, so you know this shit has gone global. Workout classes are the new jog in the park, but are they really