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One of those must reads

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  2. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

  3. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Wow. I didn't know OCD went that way. The Players Tribune has some interesting articles. Here's one by Ryan Leaf that I learned of via an AMA on reddit.
  4. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    An amazing and very educational read! I, too, have tended to think of the hand-washing folks when this affliction is mentioned. Sometimes I felt like I was living in his head!
  5. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    I found and joined this place 13 years ago. for about 5 years before that day, and every day since, I fight a fight very similar.

    I keep a video on my iPad to give people a glimpse of what I think about daily.

    It's an interrogation room, where a suspect is brought in and sat down. He is suspected of shooting a police officer. The suspect is calm and compliant. The officer escorting him walks out of the room to get him a bottle of water before beginning the questioning.

    While the officer is out of the room, the suspect pulls a handgun hidden in his waistband and shoots himself in the head.

    Every day, I have an intense image of putting the muzzle of a handgun to the side of my head, just above and behind my right ear and pulling the trigger. On the worse days, I can feel the muzzle on my skin.

    Do I want to do this? No. Do I need to do this? No. Am I ever going to do this? I hope not. Even though I'm an Endowment member of the NRA, I do not and cannot own a firearm ever again. If I could, I would not because of that 0.00001% chance, that moment of weakness when that thought is running rampant in my mind.

    What keeps me going is the thought of the pain I would put my family through.

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  6. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    A powerful story. One exceptionally well told because of the very eloquent but extreme concise and yet simplistic style of the writing.

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