Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Truth

Hi Everyone, How are ya? I am doing good. I got these Truths from my friend on facebook and Sandee at http://comedyplus.blogspot.com/ . I think you will all relate to them and have a laugh for yourself! Enjoy,
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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Truths - Part I

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? **** it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

Truths - Part II

1. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

2. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

3. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

4. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

5. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

6. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

7. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

8. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

9. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

10. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

11. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

12. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

13. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

14. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

15. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

16. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my *** everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Progress in Schizophrenia Research

Hi Everyone, How are ya, I am so excited to share this information on the progress researchers are making in the fight against Schizophrenia. Focusing on preventative measures as we do with Heart Disease will lead to a better quality of life for everyone who is inflicted with this disease. I know the horrors of psychosis as I watched my mother suffer from hallucinations and delusions many times growing up with her, which I believe started with post partum depression, too many children to close together will do that to a women. Now they are focusing on developing biomarkers for early detection and treatments that can preempt psychosis! Schizophrenia unfortunately is still thought of by society for the most part as a personality disorder, like two people in one mind. It is so far from that, it is simply a person who was born with a brain that was not developed normally in the womb. I included an MRI photo of twins for all of you to see what I mean, one with Schizophrenia and one without. I will be following the progress of this research and share it with all of you as I am updated. What a great day it will be won't it when medicine can finally help end hell that people live in with this disease.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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From Cognition to Genomics: Progress in Schizophrenia Research

This week’s issue of Nature has a special section dedicated to research progress on schizophrenia. There have been few such issues dedicated to any medical disorder, so this is a landmark for schizophrenia research, a follow-up perhaps to an editorial in Nature at the beginning of this year predicting a “decade for psychiatric disorders”. But beyond the mere fact that schizophrenia has been singled out for this distinction, the contents document remarkable progress on a disorder that has been such a conundrum for the past century.

For one thing, schizophrenia can now be described as a brain disorder or, more precisely, as a disorder of brain circuits. With neuroimaging, several of the major nodes in the circuit have been identified, especially within the prefrontal cortex. A major advance has been linking changes in circuit function to cognition and behavior. As a result, we are increasingly focusing on the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia as the core problem, preceding and perhaps leading to the more obvious positive symptoms of hallucinations and delusions.

Another area of unambiguous progress has been genomics. Five years ago the field was frustrated by the lack of replicated findings. With the creation of international consortia sharing data from thousands of patients, we can now see several of the major risk genes. They are not the usual suspects, such as genes involved in dopamine or serotonin neurotransmission. Common variants in genes from the MHC complex, which is important for immune self-recognition, a gene for a transcription factor called TCF4, and several genes that encode synaptic proteins have all been found to confer increased risk. The list is probably not complete as together these explain only a fraction of the genetic risk for the disorder. Many rare variants have also been described in the past year, adding to the known major structural lesions like DISC1 and the 22q11 deletion. These rare events may explain only a small fraction of cases, but as with hypertension and cancer, even rare mutations that cause disease can yield important clues to the pathophysiology underlying more common forms of disease.

From genomics have come clues to the importance of reconceptualizing schizophrenia as a neurodevelopmental disorder. Many of the genetic factors are involved with neurodevelopment; hardly surprising as thousands of genes must be expressed in a carefully choreographed sequence to develop a healthy brain. What is unexpected is that many of the genetic variations associated with schizophrenia appear to disrupt fragments of proteins expressed only in fetal development. And experimental reductions of DISC1 transiently during fetal development in mice have profound effects on physiology and behavior, emerging only in early adulthood. These kinds of observations, along with reports of prenatal and perinatal environmental factors that increase risk for schizophrenia, point to a model of schizophrenia that begins early in life, with subtle cognitive effects through much of development, and emergence of psychosis as a late stage in early adulthood.

If psychosis is a late stage of schizophrenia, analogous to myocardial infarction in coronary artery disease, then we need to develop biomarkers for early detection and treatments that can preempt psychosis. This is where the next decade of research could lead. If the core deficits are cognitive, the “biomarker” for detection might be a working memory task or some assessment of executive function. And the treatments to preempt psychosis might not resemble anti-psychotic medications. Instead of medication, imagine brain training to rewire the circuitry just as we use exercise to reduce cardiac risk. Continuing the coronary artery disease analogy, drugs such as marijuana might be, for someone at risk for psychosis, analogous to the high lipid diet for someone at risk for coronary disease: something that needs to be avoided.

Over the past half-century, we have learned to diagnose coronary artery disease well before a heart attack using tests of cardiovascular risk factors and function. We have averted millions of cardiac deaths through preventive measures such as diet, exercise, and medications for those at risk. For the past century, schizophrenia has been defined by psychosis and we have made too little progress for too many people challenged by this disorder. This issue of Nature marks new hope that we can develop a preemptive approach to schizophrenia, as done for cardiac disease.

There have been many apparent breakthroughs for schizophrenia over the past several decades, followed by non-replication or findings suggesting lack of treatment effectiveness. Finally, we are making real progress on many fronts, from cognition to genomics. As the articles in Nature note, we still have a long way to go. But this is an important moment to recognize – the “decade for psychiatric disorders” has begun.
Posted by Thomas Insel on the NAMI Blog

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In Our Own Voice

Hello Everyone, I was so excited when I found this program on the NAMI website. This is exactly what we need in our society to help end the Stigma that still surrounds Mental Illness. Education does end the fear of the unknown, and that is what I personally feel still fuels the Stigma. Just think if we reach the next generation by humanizing people with Mental Illness and showing them in person that there is hope and recovery, Stigma could some day become a thing of the past. I can't help but have that hope. I plan on contacting my local NAMI to find out if I can bring this program to my local schools. Please join me if you can by clicking the link to your state and local affiliate and help spread the hope and inspiration through education.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

What is IOOV?

The In Our Own Voice program and its impact on participant's lives... in their own voice.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

The program was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company.

IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

All presentations are offered free of charge.

Groups or organizations interested in seeing a presentation may request that one be given in their area through their state or local affiliate.

The goals of IOOV are to meet the need for consumer- run initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope.

Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking it than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way.

Understanding recovery as having several dimensions makes its uneven course easier to accept. Much as we don't blame the cancer patient for dying of invasive tumors, we can't condemn a consumer whose symptoms overtake his or her best efforts to manage illness.

Recovery is the point in someone's illness in which the illness is no longer the first and foremost part of his or her life, no longer the essence of all his or her existence. Ultimately, recovery is about attitude and making the effort.

Key Presentation Topics

In Our Own Voice is a unique recovery education presentation that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness. IOOV is often a transformative experience for presenters, who are empowered by giving voice to their struggles and successes. Presenters cover issues they frequently face while living with mental illness as they delve into the following topics:

Dark Days – Recovery from a serious mental illness can be a long, difficult journey. During the Dark Days portion of the presentation, the speakers explore feelings and experiences that occurred during the darkest moments of living with a mental illness.

Acceptance – Learning to accept the reality of having a serious mental illness is quite a challenge. It can be hard for anyone to come to terms with having a serious illness, no matter what it is. Acceptance is essential to beginning recovery. While sharing the period of acceptance, each presenter explains how acceptance is achieved.

Treatment – There are many methods for treating mental illness. Every person is different, and this is the reason that there are many ways to walk down the path to recovery. Presenters explain what treatment plan worked for them during this segment.

Coping Strategies – Wellness can be achieved by following a treatment plan and incorporating personal coping skills as an integral part of that plan. Some common coping skills include: making time for leisure activities and rest, excercising, engaging in spiritual activities, developing healthy friendships, getting involved with community charities, and finding ways to keep a sense of self awareness and acceptance. During this section, presenters share their own coping skills with the audience.

Successes, Hopes and Dreams - IOOV Presenters have a variety of skills and ambitions. A key component of recovery is setting goals while pursuing personal dreams. Many consumers incorporate what they’ve learned from their illness into activities and plans for their future. During this section presenters share their own successes, hopes, and dreams.