Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Hello, Happy New Year!! My wish for all of you is that this year brings you all you want and need and then some! To close out the year on this blog I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas pictures with you. Have a great New Years Eve.
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Janet :)




My first Great Nephew Kellan was born in October
and it made this Christmas even more special
Especially for my niece and her husband who lost
their daughter Kendall halfway through the
pregnancy in 2010. Watching my sister be
over the moon now that she is finally a
Grandmother was some of the best moments
of my year :)


Bri and Chris with their cousins


My camera shy husband is hiding in the corner
next to my son LOL!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Purpose Of Fear

Hello, I hope all of you had a great holiday with your loved ones. I enjoyed my holiday very much. I thought as the New Year approaches and many of us make resolutions to change or fix something about ourselves, that this might be a good read for you. Making changes in our lives is hard, and I think even more so as we age. We are naturally creatures of habit, and even if the changes are good for us, we will want to return to the comfort of what is familiar when anxiety or fear start to overtake our emotions. I can say I have done that many times. So I'm going to try to take in this perspective that my fears are not always a bad thing when it comes to certain changes in my life. And hopefully I won't keep returning to my comfort zones when I shouldn't. I hope this helps you too.
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Janet :)


Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us.

"Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in
between the old life and a new one"

Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

Acknowledge your fears by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life....
Author Unknown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Feel Good Story

Hello, A feel good story to help remind us of what the Holiday Season is all about. I'm so happy for all the troops that were in Iraq and are now able to be home this Christmas with their loved ones, safe and sound. I hope all of you have are enjoying your Holiday with your loved ones this year as well.
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Janet :)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Scars Are Symbols Of Strength

Hello, I came across these beautiful words of compassion today. It was if someone looked inside my soul, uncovered pains I have experienced throughout my life, and somehow put those pains into the words I could never find to speak of them myself. By the time I finished reading these words of an author unknown, I felt comfort. I am sure you will too.
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Janet :)

Wounds... They cover your soul from the words and actions that have shredded your heart. The worst kind of wounds are the ones no one can see. The ones you feel bleeding out inside of you and you have no way to stop them. It’s an endless flow of pain and sorrow that darkens everything you once held so dear including you.

Someone you loved made you powerless, weak, vulnerable, and then they left you barren, desolate, and covered in these wounds. You lie there in a field of misery unable to find any aid. Shivering and aching from all that you’ve endured.

I just want to tell you I’ve been there. I have laid in that field of misery on a bed of sorrow with rain as heavy as the tears inside of me pouring down and drowning my screams. I have felt that utter hopelessness and sadness. I have been shattered. I have been abandoned. I have been betrayed. I have been defeated…

You are not the only one. You are not alone in this.

There are others who have made it out of their misery and found shelter from their sorrow. You will not hurt like this forever. The aches and the anxiety and the questions will become silent and still in time. You will learn how to breathe again, and more than that you will learn that you were never broken or destroyed. Your wounds will heal, and although they might leave scars, you will recover. Those scars are nothing to be ashamed of. After all they are symbols of your strength, your faith, and your courage.

You will find peace from this chaos. You will find warmth to take away the chill they left you with. You will learn to live again and write chapters beyond this dark one. Ones filled with happiness, love, joy, and light. These ghosts that haunt you will fade into the shadows and you will see that all along you had it within you to overcome this.

I just want to tell you that I’m rooting for you. You will heal as I have healed and you will find the way out of your sadness. When you do don’t look back at what was. Let it go and start this new chapter…

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Cheer

Hello, I hope your all doing well this Sunday. This weekend I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit and wanted to share some of my favorite holiday songs. I have to credit my grandchildren most of all for lifting my spirits this year, they are just so filled with the magic of the season that so many of us lose as we get older, that you can't help but feel it again. The Little Drummer Boy has always been my favorite Christmas song and story since I was a child. I don't know why, but it touched me deeply. I use to enjoy singing it as a kid too when I would go Christmas Caroling with my neighbors. Sad to see that tradition is gone. The Celtic women make these songs all the more beautiful! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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Janet :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Drawing On Your Courage

Hello, I was looking online for some inspiration the other day and this poem from by Caroline Kent is just what I needed. Each and every day, for the past year and a half, I get up to the same situation, unemployed and broke. This Christmas is going to be tough. I can barely afford Christmas gifts for my kids and grandchildren. And how I just want to give them the simplest of gifts, nothing extravagant. I have learned to live quite frugal. And with all my efforts I thought by this time last year I would be all set, but no, here it is, another Christmas, same situation. I feel like giving up, rejection, after rejection, for some reason I don't. I keep trying. The strength to keep trying must be coming from courage deep down inside, in which I am drawing on like never before. This poem is for you too if something in your life is forcing you to draw upon your courage in ways you never thought it would.
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Courage is admitting that you're afraid and facing that fear directly. It's being strong enough to ask for help and humble enough to accept it

Courage is standing up for what you believe in without worrying about the opinions of others, It's following your own heart, living your own life, and settling for nothing less than the best for yourself

Courage is daring to take a first step, a big leap, or a different path, It's attempting to do something that no one has done before and all others thought impossible

Courage is keeping heart in the face of disappointment and looking at defeat not as an end but as a new beginning, It's believing that things will ultimately get better even as they get worse

Courage is being responsible for your own actions and admitting your own mistakes without placing blame on others, It's relying not on others for your success, but on your own skills and efforts

Courage is refusing to quit even when you're intimidated by impossibility. It's choosing a goal, sticking with it, and finding solutions to the problems

Courage is thinking big, aiming high, and shooting far, It's taking a dream and doing anything, risking everything, and stopping at nothing to it make it a reality

~ Caroline Kent ~

Friday, December 9, 2011

Funny Christmas

Hello, Happy Friday! I thought I would do a Friday Funnies post and being the Christmas season, I chose these. I hope you enjoy a laugh or two and have yourself a great weekend!
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Janet :)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Other Conditions Of ASD

Hello, Autism Spectrum Disorder can also be diagnosed with other conditions, which can add another layer of difficulty for both Parent and Child. I have seen the dual conditions in my work experience with Autism clients. I can say that with the proper behavioral and medical treatment of the other conditions, their life can be managed on a daily basis without much effort, and they can enjoy a good quality of life, but it is important to be aware of these other issues that can arise. I hope this information helps anyone who is concerned that more may be going with anyone who has the diagnosis of ASD.
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Janet :)


Sensory problems
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) either overreact or underreact to certain sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes. For example, some may: Dislike or show discomfort from a light touch or the feel of clothes on their skin. Experience pain from certain sounds, like a vacuum cleaner, a ringing telephone, or a sudden storm; sometimes they will cover their ears and scream. Have no reaction to intense cold or pain. Researchers are trying to determine if these unusual reactions are related to differences in integrating multiple types of information from the senses.

Sleep problems
Children with ASD tend to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, or have other sleep problems. These problems make it harder for them to pay attention, reduce their ability to function, and lead to poor behavior. In addition, parents of children with ASD and sleep problems tend to report greater family stress and poorer overall health among themselves. Fortunately, sleep problems can often be treated with changes in behavior, such as following a sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine. Some children may sleep better using medications such as melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle. Like any medication, melatonin can have unwanted side effects. Talk to your child's doctor about possible risks and benefits before giving your child melatonin. Treating sleep problems in children with ASD may improve the child's overall behavior and functioning, as well as relieve family stress.

Intellectual disability
Many children with ASD have some degree of intellectual disability. When tested, some areas of ability may be normal, while others—especially cognitive (thinking) and language abilities—may be relatively weak. For example, a child with ASD may do well on tasks related to sight (such as putting a puzzle together) but may not do as well on language-based problem-solving tasks. Children with a form of ASD like Asperger syndrome often have average or above-average language skills and do not show delays in cognitive ability or speech.

One in four children with ASD has seizures, often starting either in early childhood or during the teen years. Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, can result in a short-term loss of consciousness, or a blackout. Convulsions, which are uncontrollable shaking of the whole body, or unusual movements

Staring spells
Sometimes lack of sleep or a high fever can trigger a seizure. An electroencephalogram (EEG), a nonsurgical test that records electrical activity in the brain, can help confirm whether a child is having seizures. However, some children with ASD have abnormal EEGs even if they are not having seizures. Seizures can be treated with medicines called anticonvulsants. Some seizure medicines affect behavior; changes in behavior should be closely watched in children with ASD. In most cases, a doctor will use the lowest dose of medicine that works for the child. Anticonvulsants usually reduce the number of seizures but may not prevent all of them. For more information about medications, see the NIMH online booklet, "Medications". None of these medications have been approved by the FDA to specifically treat symptoms of ASD.

Fragile X syndrome
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder and is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, causing symptoms similar to ASD. The name refers to one part of the X chromosome that has a defective piece that appears pinched and fragile when viewed with a microscope. Fragile X syndrome results from a change, called a mutation, on a single gene. This mutation, in effect, turns off the gene. Some people may have only a small mutation and not show any symptoms, while others have a larger mutation and more severe symptoms. Around 1 in 3 children who have Fragile X syndrome also meet the diagnostic criteria for ASD, and about 1 in 25 children diagnosed with ASD have the mutation that causes Fragile X syndrome. Because this disorder is inherited, children with ASD should be checked for Fragile X, especially if the parents want to have more children. Other family members who are planning to have children may also want to be checked for Fragile X syndrome. For more information on Fragile X, see the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website.

Tuberous sclerosis
Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumors to grow in the brain and other vital organs. Tuberous sclerosis occurs in 1 to 4 percent of people with ASD. A genetic mutation causes the disorder, which has also been linked to mental retardation, epilepsy, and many other physical and mental health problems. There is no cure for tuberous sclerosis, but many symptoms can be treated.

Gastrointestinal problems
Some parents of children with ASD report that their child has frequent gastrointestinal (GI) or digestion problems, including stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, vomiting, or bloating. Food allergies may also cause problems for children with ASD. It's unclear whether children with ASD are more likely to have GI problems than typically developing children. If your child has GI problems, a doctor who specializes in GI problems, called a gastroenterologist, can help find the cause and suggest appropriate treatment. Some studies have reported that children with ASD seem to have more GI symptoms, but these findings may not apply to all children with ASD. For example, a recent study found that children with ASD in Minnesota were more likely to have physical and behavioral difficulties related to diet (for example, lactose intolerance or insisting on certain foods), as well as constipation, than children without ASD. The researchers suggested that children with ASD may not have underlying GI problems, but that their behavior may create GI symptoms—for example, a child who insists on eating only certain foods may not get enough fiber or fluids in his or her diet, which leads to constipation. Some parents may try to put their child on a special diet to control ASD or GI symptoms. While some children may benefit from limiting certain foods, there is no strong evidence that these special diets reduce ASD symptoms. If you want to try a special diet, first talk with a doctor or a nutrition expert to make sure your child's nutritional needs are being met.

Co-occurring mental disorders
Children with ASD can also develop mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression. Research shows that people with ASD are at higher risk for some mental disorders than people without ASD. Managing these co-occurring conditions with medications or behavioral therapy, which teaches children how to control their behavior, can reduce symptoms that appear to worsen a child's ASD symptoms. Controlling these conditions will allow children with ASD to focus more on managing the ASD.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Right Place

Hello, The older I get the more I believe in this saying! Sometimes in life we think we've made the wrong choices and we are going to suffer the consequences forever, only to realize those choices have brought us to a better place of being.
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Janet :)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cognitive Bias Modification

Hello, I hope all of you had a great holiday with your loved ones. I enjoyed mine very much! This is an exciting break through for treating Anxiety Disorders and other Mental Health issues. Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM), uses techniques to retrain our thought patterns instead of just medicating them. I think the best part of this is that it will offer new hope for many people who are not able to get the help they need from medicine, or suffer serious side effects from the medicine they have to take. I hope to be able to share more information on this treatment as progress develops.
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Imagine a method to treat anxiety and other mental health disorders that was inexpensive, effective after a few short treatments, and didn't require drugs or trained mental health professionals. "It does sound like science fiction, doesn't it?" says Colin MacLeod, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Western Australia.

Yet that's the hope of experts studying cognitive bias modification (CBM), a new technique that aims to alter harmful thought patterns. The technique isn't ready for prime time yet. "This is quite a young field of science," says Emily Holmes, PhD, a clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Oxford. But she and others say the nascent field has great promise.

Holmes describes cognitive biases as "habits of thought." "Some people might have a habit of looking at a teacup and seeing it as half empty, and others see it as half full," she says. That example is what's known as an interpretation bias. The glass-half-full type has a positive interpretation bias, while the glass-half-empty type interprets the same information with a negative bias. People with anxiety are more likely to interpret ambiguous information in a negative way — ascribing disapproving or unfriendly intentions to neutral facial expressions, for instance.

Then there are attention biases — things you notice subconsciously and automatically in the world around you. One person coming into a colleague's office might immediately take in the images on a computer screen, Holmes says, while someone with a spider phobia would be instantly drawn to a web in the corner of the window. Similarly, a person with anxiety is more likely to be tuned in to any potential (or perceived) threats in his or her environment.

To date, most studies of cognitive bias have centered on attention biases in anxiety. Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between the two, MacLeod says. The classic method of ferreting out these biases is the use of computerized dot-probe tests. In these tests, probes such as slanting lines or patterns of dots are alternately flashed on the screen near to or far from emotional images (such as disgusted versus neutral faces) or words (with negative or neutral meanings). Subjects are asked to identify the probes as quickly as possible when they appear.
Individuals with anxiety are faster to spot probes that pop up in that region of the screen where negative words or images had just been, indicating that's where the subjects had focused their attention. In other words, anxious individuals are automatically drawn to negative information.

The discovery of these negative attention biases hatched a chicken-and-egg problem: Does anxiety cause a negative attention bias, or does the bias cause anxiety? "It's kind of like a feedback loop, where the fears feed into the cognitive biases and those cognitive biases may maintain or even exacerbate the fears over time," says Brad Schmidt, PhD, who directs the anxiety and behavioral health clinic at Florida State University.

Intriguingly, though, studies show that by altering the bias, one can dial emotional vulnerability up or down. Most of these studies simply use a modified version of the dot-probe test. In a 2002 study, for instance, MacLeod and colleagues used a dot-probe task to train students either to attend to or avoid negative words. Seeing the probes flash repeatedly in particular areas of the screen, the subjects learned where to focus their attention — either on or away from the negative stimuli. Later, subjects were given a stressful anagram task to complete. Immediately following the stress test, the students who were trained to focus on negative stimuli showed increased anxiety compared with the students trained to avoid them (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 111, No. 1).

"That was the start of showing this could be useful," MacLeod says, not only as a treatment, but also as a tool to study the cognitive roots of anxiety and other mental health conditions. "We can modify one facet of attention or another specifically so we can see which have an emotional impact in the laboratory," he says.

After just eight 15-minute sessions — a mere two hours of active treatment — 72 percent of patients in the treatment group no longer met diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder, compared with 11 percent of patients in the control group. Even more startling, the diagnostic differences were still evident at a follow-up exam four months later.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello, Happy Thanksgiving, My wishes for each and everyone of you today.
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Janet :)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finding Your New Normal

Hello, I hope your all doing well this Holiday week. As the holiday's are approaching this year I wanted to write about what many people are going through at this time of year. As we all know, depression rises throughout the holidays. The main reason people experience some depression at the Holidays is probably because they are experiencing the pain of a lost loved one, be it through death or a broken relationship. The first time I felt any type of depression at the Holiday's was when my Father passed away in 1987. I didn't realize it back then, but through those feelings of depression at the holiday, I was learning to live with what they call a "New Normal". And once again, my normal was shifted three years ago when my mother passed away and my siblings and I began to grow apart. My sister and I are still pretty close, but I also have four brothers that I may only see once a year now. And although I'm grown and have a family of my own, the changes in my sibling relationships have been painful, never mind the pain of losing my Parents. So IMO losing these first loves, as I call them, will have a deep impact on your life. They are your foundation in life, your roots as they say. So through my own experiences,I have learned that life can throw losses at you on many different levels, with many different people. You can constantly be forced to live in a new normal,(or as normal as life can get!) forced to let go of what you don't want to. Say goodbye to people you really love and care about. So I thought I would share with you some of ways that have helped me to transition to my life's changing normal, especially during the holiday season, to hopefully help any of you who may be experiencing the same.
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Janet :)

1) Acknowledge all types of loss

2) Allow yourself to feel the loss, cry if you need
to, simply get it out, it will help you to heal and
move on

3) Allow yourself to go through the stages of
grief when it comes to a death. Don't let anyone
tell you you need to get over it already. We
all grieve in our way and in our own time

4) If you are having problems getting over the
loss of a relationship, it could stem from allowing
that relationship to have power over you. Realize
no one is worth having any power over you

5) Learn that those lost relationships
are not all your fault. Some of the people
we allow to hurt us have their own issues,
and it is really not about us

6) If your left with anger from any relationship,
it can turn into depression. One way to get rid
of that anger is write it out in a letter or a
journal. If it is in a letter, wait before sending
it out to that person to see if the situation changes

7) Exercise to release depression and anger,
even if it is just a short walk each day

8) Keep your focus on the good relationships in your life

9) Cherish the good memories of your loved ones that
have passed on. The happy times that I chose to remember
help keep my love for them alive and ease the pain of
their loss

10) Talk it out with others, find support where you can!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Love Me In My World

Hello, I was moved to tears today thinking of my Mother when I watched this video. I still think of her everyday as it is, and some days those thoughts go back to the dark days of her struggle with Mental Illness. I am sure at times she had these fears. But I also take comfort when those memories return that she was able to tell me before she passed away that she survived her struggles because my Father, my siblings and I never abandoned her. This is actually one of the songs we played at her funeral as well. Please watch if you know someone who has a Mental Illness. You will read what they may not be able to express to you in times of dispear. And most important of all, no matter what they do or what they have done, please give nothing but compassion and unconditional love, they need it more than you know.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Social Aspects Of ASD

Hello, I hope you are doing well today, I am doing good. This is part 2 of the information I will be sharing on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Catching the early signs of this disorder can lead to early intervention and improve the quality of life for the child. I'm sure this aspect of the Autism Spectrum Disorder is incredibly heart breaking for Parents. Hopefully with early intervention the characteristics of non engagement can improve for the Parent Child relationship.
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Janet :)

Social Symptoms
From the start, typically developing infants are social beings. Early in life, they gaze at people, turn toward voices, grasp a finger, and even smile. In contrast, most children with ASD seem to have tremendous difficulty learning to engage in the give-and-take of everyday human interaction. Even in the first few months of life, many do not interact and they avoid eye contact. They seem indifferent to other people, and often seem to prefer being alone. They may resist attention or passively accept hugs and cuddling. Later, they seldom seek comfort or respond to parents' displays of anger or affection in a typical way. Research has suggested that although children with ASD are attached to their parents, their expression of this attachment is unusual and difficult to “read.” To parents, it may seem as if their child is not attached at all. Parents who looked forward to the joys of cuddling, teaching, and playing with their child may feel crushed by this lack of the expected and typical attachment behavior.

Children with ASD also are slower in learning to interpret what others are thinking and feeling. Subtle social cues—whether a smile, a wink, or a grimace—may have little meaning. To a child who misses these cues, “Come here” always means the same thing, whether the speaker is smiling and extending her arms for a hug or frowning and planting her fists on her hips. Without the ability to interpret gestures and facial expressions, the social world may seem bewildering. To compound the problem, people with ASD have difficulty seeing things from another person's perspective. Most 5-year-olds understand that other people have different information, feelings, and goals than they have. A person with ASD may lack such understanding. This inability leaves them unable to predict or understand other people's actions.

Although not universal, it is common for people with ASD also to have difficulty regulating their emotions. This can take the form of “immature” behavior such as crying in class or verbal outbursts that seem inappropriate to those around them. The individual with ASD might also be disruptive and physically aggressive at times, making social relationships still more difficult. They have a tendency to “lose control,” particularly when they're in a strange or overwhelming environment, or when angry and frustrated. They may at times break things, attack others, or hurt themselves. In their frustration, some bang their heads, pull their hair, or bite their arms.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Wish

Hello, Beautiful wishes that I wish for you today and always!
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Janet :)

This is my wish for you:
"Comfort on difficult days,
smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds,
laughter to kiss your lips,
sunsets to warm your heart,
hugs when spirits sag,
beauty for your eyes to see,
friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe,
confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself,
patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.”

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Hello, In today's world so many Parents have to worry about this disorder because it is now effecting approximately 3 out of every 1000 children. I hope that someday soon we can get to what is the root cause of this disorder and stop the increase in it's numbers. I have worked in two residential communities with adults who have
intellectual and related developmental disabilities which included Autism. Within that time I had the privilege of working one to one with a man with Autism for about 5 yrs. It became so much more than work, it was a life altering experience for me. As I was teaching him skills for life, I learned so much about life from him too. Everyday that I would go into work thinking I had an issue or two to deal with in my life, there he would be happy and grateful just to see me and it would make all my problems go right out the window. I learned from him that if he could get up everyday and smile, just be happy to be, with all he had working against him, then I could too. Through the years with unconditional love and support I saw him grow in so many ways. I saw the person he was come through more and more as he developed trust. He continues to grow to this day from what I hear. I often wish I was still there working with him, but sometimes life takes us on different paths. I know without a doubt, I am a better person for having had him in my life. He will always be in my heart. If you ever cross paths with someone with ASD please remember that these children and adults are just like you and me inside. Do not treat them any different because of this disorder, unless you are told otherwise because of specific issues. They just simply learn and grow differently than you and I. Their brains are just wired a little different so to speak. They deserve and need the same amount of love and respect as you and I. There is so much information on this disorder, that this is just part 1. I will continue to post further information in the coming weeks.
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Janet :)


What Are the Autism Spectrum Disorders?

The autism spectrum disorders are more common in the pediatric population than are some better known disorders such as diabetes, spinal bifida, or Down syndrome. A recent study of a U.S. metropolitan area estimated that 3.4 of every 1,000 children 3-10 years old had autism. The earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner the child can be helped through treatment interventions. Pediatricians, family physicians, daycare providers, teachers, and parents may initially dismiss signs of ASD, optimistically thinking the child is just a little slow and will “catch up.”

All children with ASD demonstrate deficits in 1) social interaction, 2) verbal and nonverbal communication, and 3) repetitive behaviors or interests. In addition, they will often have unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as certain sounds or the way objects look. Each of these symptoms runs the gamut from mild to severe. They will present in each individual child differently. For instance, a child may have little trouble learning to read but exhibit extremely poor social interaction. Each child will display communication, social, and behavioral patterns that are individual but fit into the overall diagnosis of ASD.

Children with ASD do not follow the typical patterns of child development. In some children, hints of future problems may be apparent from birth. In most cases, the problems in communication and social skills become more noticeable as the child lags further behind other children the same age. Some other children start off well enough. Oftentimes between 12 and 36 months old, the differences in the way they react to people and other unusual behaviors become apparent. Some parents report the change as being sudden, and that their children start to reject people, act strangely, and lose language and social skills they had previously acquired. In other cases, there is a plateau, or leveling, of progress so that the difference between the child with autism and other children the same age becomes more noticeable.

ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors that can range from the very mild to the severe. The following possible indicators of ASD were identified on the Public Health Training Network Webcast, Autism Among Us.

Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Does not babble, point, or make meaningful
gestures by 1 year of age
Does not speak one word by 16 months
Does not combine two words by 2 years
Does not respond to name
Loses language or social skills

Some Other Indicators:
Doesn't smile
Poor eye contact
Doesn't seem to know how to play with toys
Excessively lines up toys or other objects
Is attached to one particular toy or object
At times seems to be hearing impaired

Friday, November 4, 2011

Promise Yourself

Hello, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. These are hard, but good promises we should keep to ourselves!
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Janet :)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

National Drug Facts Week

Hello, I feel this is a critical topic to discuss with teens. Knowledge is power, so share this information to help educate and empower our kids to make better choices for themselves.
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Janet :)

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-‐based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, NIDA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.

Prevention Is the Key
Drug addiction is a preventable disease. Results from NIDA-funded research have shown that prevention programs involving families, schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse. Although many events and cultural factors affect drug abuse trends, when youths perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking. Thus, education and outreach are key in helping youth and the general public understand the risks of drug abuse. Teachers, parents, medical and public health professionals must keep sending the message that drug addiction can be prevented if one never abuses drugs.

Click on these buttons
to learn more:
National Drug Facts Week - Shatter the Myths!

The MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest

Take the National Drug IQ Challenge!

You can find material to participate through tweeting,
your blog or Facebook at the link below.

A great Facebook page for teens

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Funnies

Hello, I hope you are having a great weekend. I'm listening to the winds howl outside my window right now, we are having quite a northeastern here in Ma. Luckily I am not getting as much snow as the others in my state are. I'm not ready for that snow yet!! Here is a little Halloween humor that I thought you might enjoy.
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Janet :)

witch_Offthehandle-320x449 Pictures, Images and Photos

Story of my life LOL!


No candy Pictures, Images and Photos

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Be Done With It

Hello, Some words of inspiration for you today.
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Janet :)

Source: None via Dorothy on Pinterest

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Plenty Of Room For Blame

Hello, I was so horrified by this story that I don't think I can ever put it into words. Of all the reports I watched on this story, I think the Dr. Drew show on HLN touched on what is the most important part of this story. This is just another example of how the Mentally Ill in our country are ignored and abandoned by society. So many of them as well, live on the streets because of Budget Cuts and Insurance Limits. There is plenty of blame to go around in this story. And the blame should begin with each and every one of us.
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Transcript from the Dr. Drew show on HLN
PINSKY: This story, it just -- you know, some of these stories we report here leave me speechless. So, this is another one of them. The more detail you tell us, the more just sort of stunning this becomes. Our Philadelphia CNN affiliate, KYW, recently talked to three of the people believed to have been held captive. Watch this.

And Lisa, I`m going to ask you two questions. Can we learn anything from this story? Let me ask you sort of positive story. And then, you know, whenever we hear about these people being held captive, there`s always weird sexual acting out and stuff on them. One of these women had two children in captivity. Do you think that was part of the torture these poor people went through?

BOESKY: Well, let me answer the first question first, which was what we can learn from this is there are millions, millions of individuals with severe mental health and developmental disabilities that don`t have anybody to protect them. We`ve had severe cuts in mental health budgets and more are probably coming. So, there aren`t people looking out for them.

So, one of the things is this is such a wake-up call for people if they have family members, neighbors, or friends, to know what these people are doing, who they`re interacting with, where their money is going, because they`re so ripe for this kind of abuse and neglect. But I also think it`s a wake-up call to some of our government-assisted programs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Footloose Michael Jackson Style

Hello, I was looking around on Youtube for a music video from the new Footloose movie. I did not like the new sound of this song at all! Then I found this version that someone made with the old song. I think it is perfectly fitting for the King of Pop because nobody ever has done, or probably ever will do, Footloose quite like him. Happy Music Monday my friends, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did !
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beautiful Already

Hello, Simple words, that we need to hear to remind us that yes, no matter what, to the ones who truly know us, we are always and forever, Beautiful inside and out!
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To the people who love you,
you are Beautiful Already,
This is not because they’re
blind to your shortcomings,
but because they so clearly
see your soul…

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bullying It Stops here!

Hello, I hope your doing well today. I remember the stresses of being a teenager. That desire to fit in, to be a part of, and accepted among my peers. I was fortunate enough to get through those years without bullying and ridicule. So I can't help but feel for these kids today that face this bullying on a daily basis. We need to talk about this, when ever possible, to help stop the bullying now!
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CNN, Facebook, Cartoon Network and Time Inc. have teamed up for a special multi-platform effort aimed at taking a stand to help stop the bullying crisis. Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series focused on bullying in addition to a town hall hosted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, marking the one year anniversary of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.’s death.

Anderson Cooper will reveal the results of a six-month long pilot study that provide new insight about why kids bully each other and how parents and educators can more effectively stop the problem. In partnership with University of California sociologist Dr. Robert Faris, this groundbreaking investigation involving over 700 junior and high school students will explore the complex social dynamic of bullying, and how certain students hold the key to stopping the problem.

“Too many kids have died already; too many kids are living in fear. At AC360 we decided to look into the problem by sponsoring an extensive study of bullying in one school to better understand the dynamics “said Cooper “what we learned by focusing on one school was eye opening. The problem of bullying is far more complex than it is often portrayed, and while there are no easy solutions, we’ve learned some things that lead me to believe that with enough attention, we can make life better for kids”

Bullying: It Stops here, An Anderson Cooper Special Report will feature guests including actor and bullying prevention activist Jane Lynch , psychologist and talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw; who has testified before Congress about bullying prevention, talk show host and mother of three Kelly Ripa, and Rosalind Wiseman; best-selling author “Queen Bees and Wannabees”. Along with a special audience of students, parents, educators and policy makers, Cooper and guests will question whether new legislation, laws and significant media attention has helped the bullying prevention efforts.

The town hall, titled Bullying: It Stops Here will premiere Sunday, October 9 at 8pm ET and will re-air on October 14 at 8 and 10 pm ET.

Beginning October 10, Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series which will move the conversation forward with solution oriented, original research that will help families and educators to better understand this serious problem impacting children. Cooper sheds new light into the world of bullies, uncovering counter intuitive information about what motivates kids’ aggression that might surprise viewers. Cooper will uncover some universal truths about bullying in schools across the country by speaking with UC sociologist Faris and bullying expert Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of “Odd girl Out”. Anderson Cooper 360° airs weeknights at 8 and 10pm ET on CNN.

Earlier this month, Facebook and Time Warner Inc. announced the launch of the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge App, an interactive social media pledge that enables educators, parents and students to make a personal commitment—and recruit others to join them—to help stop bullying.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What Is Mental Illness

Hello, I hope your doing well. This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week I wanted to get back to the basic facts about Mental Illness. Unfortunately there is still many misconceptions about the illnesses and treatments. Sadly in 2011, Stigma is still a part of the daily struggle for many people. I strongly feel that if we all advocate and educate, in any way big or small, we could help to end the Stigma that should have been gone long ago. There is no need for anyone to feel an ounce of shame, simply because of a treatable disease in this day and age!
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What Is Mental Illness?
Mental illnesses include such disorders as schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, borderline personality disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

These disorders can profoundly disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.

Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people with serious mental illness need medication to help control symptoms, but also rely on supportive counseling, self-help groups, assistance with housing, vocational rehabilitation, income assistance and other community services in order to achieve their highest level of recovery.

Here are some important facts about mental illness and recovery:

Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's "character" or intelligence.

Mental disorders fall along a continuum of severity. The most serious and disabling conditions affect five to ten million adults (2.6 – 5.4%) and three to five million children ages five to seventeen (5 – 9%) in the United States.

Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability (lost years of productive life) in the North America, Europe and, increasingly, in the world. By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.

Mental illnesses strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.

Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, suicide and wasted lives; The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States.

The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports; Early identification and treatment is of vital importance; By getting people the treatment they need early, recovery is accelerated and the brain is protected from further harm related to the course of illness.

STIGMA erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions. We have allowed stigma and a now unwarranted sense of hopelessness to erect attitudinal, structural and financial barriers to effective treatment and recovery. It is time to take these barriers down!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Hello, I feel this quote is a perfect metaphor for the struggles in life. Letting go of the fear of pain, and just allowing ourselves to feel it, will only help us to heal and begin again.
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Janet :)

Never fear shadows, They simply mean
there's a light shining somewhere nearby
~Ruth Renkel~

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Funnies

Hello, Happy Friday! I hope all of you have a good weekend planned for yourselves. And what better way to start off the weekend than with a little laughter!!
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Janet :)

After nearly 50 years of marriage, a couple was lying in bed one evening, when the wife felt her husband, begin to massage her in ways he hadn't in quite some time. It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck, and then began moving down past the small of her back. He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down, stopping just over her stomach. He then proceeded to place his hand on her left inner arm, working down her side, passing gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf. ... Then, he proceeded up her thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg. He continued in the same manner on her right side, then suddenly stopped, rolled over and became silent. As she had become quite aroused by this caressing, she asked in a loving voice, 'Honey, that was wonderful. Why did you stop?' To which he responded: 'I found the remote.'..

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fatal Conclusion

Hello, I have always been a trial watcher, O.J. Simpson, Phil Specter, Casey Anthony. I grew up with Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, so this trial has me even more gripped. The hardest part of watching this trial for me so far is thinking of Michael's children. I could not help but tear up every time they spoke of them. They lost their father way too young. I can truly empathize, because I did as well. Michael's death is so tragic. We should not judge him now because of the choices he made in order to live his life. He lived in a world that none of us could ever imagine. With much of his success, came much torment. What we all should do now is let his tragic ending raise even more awareness of the dangers of addiction and enabling the addict!! Together they lead to a fatal conclusion. Here is the audio clip they played today in opening statements of Michael. In it you will hear a man, descending deep into addiction. A man who just wanted to bring back his glory days, and care for the children of the world.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Untie The "Knots"

Hello, I hope your having a great weekend! How true is this! Don't we tend to go through life tying ourselves up in "Knots". So here is a little prayer to help us untie ourselves.
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Janet :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jacquelin's Story

Hello, In honor of Recovery Month, I wanted to share a story of Recovery from Mental Illness. Jacquelin's story is very inspiring, and like Jacquelin we all can recover from the darkest of days, if we have even one person who believes in us. Never stop believing in someone, no matter what! For more inspiring stories please visit the link below.
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Jacquelin's Story


In the spring of 1998, my world came crashing down. I lost my home, my job, my car, my mind, and almost my life.

I was hospitalized for the first time in March of that year. Diagnosis: major depression with suicidal ideation. I was put on medication and assigned a psychiatrist and a therapist. After this first hospitalization I would fight with myself to stay out, but every eight months I'd be back in the hospital. The second time was a longer stay, and upon being discharged I was put on 13 medications.

I decided that my third hospitalization (when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder) was going to be my last. Trying to function with the help of medications, a therapist, and sheer force of will, I was able to stay out after that.

For a long time, I could feel my illness inside my head: a dark little creature that I had built a wall around. It was waiting for me to let my guard down so it could escape and wreak havoc. It took a long time for me to banish this monster, but I am finally free.

The first step toward freedom was when I reluctantly agreed to participate in a program called "Stepping Stones Clubhouse," and I am forever glad I did! I came into the program a scared little rabbit; I couldn't look anyone in the face and had no confidence in myself. With great encouragement, I reluctantly tried doing tasks on the computer, and I was thanked and praised for my accomplishments. With time (three years), I began to see and eventually believe that I was intelligent and capable and that my work—as well as I—was valued.

A small candle of hope began to burn, and I started to think about going back to work. It soon turned into a bonfire of belief in myself.

I started work at the clubhouse as a part-time peer trainer, teaching computer skills. My confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Six years after being diagnosed with a mental illness, I am now working full-time as a psychiatric rehabilitation caseworker, helping others understand their illnesses and work towards their own recovery. I am also a mentor and someone my fellow members want to emulate.

In addition, I am on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Personal Care Homes and the secretary of the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition. I advocate for myself and others, and, for fun, I work part-time as a DJ. I am proof that it is possible to survive and regain a productive life.

The clubhouse has helped me find my voice, and I am active and involved as well as more assertive. I am down to two medications: Lamictal, a mood stabilizer, and Concerta, for ADHD.

I have come through the fire a stronger, better person. I am on my way to achieving my level of greatness and helping others achieve theirs. With encouragement and support, everyone can.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Laugh Or Two

Hello, Happy Saturday! Here are few clips from one of my favorite movies. I hope you enjoy a laugh or two.
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Janet :)

Let It All Hang Out


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spiritual Mysteries

Hello, A Daily Inspiration for you and me,
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Janet :)


God (or your higher power)
writes Spiritual Mysteries on our heart,
where they wait silently for discovery


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Suicide Prevention Day

Hello, Today is Suicide Prevention Day. I encourage anyone who has a blog or are on a social network to post about this cause. I have personally lost friends throughout my life that needed these supports and were not able to receive them. I almost lost my mother to this as well. By taking a few minutes of your time to spread awareness and information, you can truly help save a life.
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If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Lifeline Network answers thousands of calls from people in emotional distress. There are many reasons for their calls. Please call with for any of the following reasons:
* Suicidal thoughts
* Information on suicide
* Information on mental health/illness
* Substance abuse/addiction
* To help a friend or loved one
* Relationship problems
* Abuse/violence
* Economic problems
* Sexual orientation issues
* Physical illness
* Loneliness
* Family problems

Who should call?
* Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
* Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.
* Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.

Who and where am I calling?
* When you dial 1-800-273-TALK, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. To find out what center is closest to you search the Crisis Center Locator.
* Lifeline’s service is free and confidential.
* The hotline is staffed by trained counselors.
* We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* We have information about mental health services in your area that can help you.

What will happen when I call?
* You will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
* You will hear hold music while your call is being routed.
* You will be helped by a trained crisis worker.
* You will be given mental health services referrals if needed.

* If you are a TTY user, please use our TTY number: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).
* Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Hello, I hope your doing well. This is a spiritual song, with a moving stage performance, that speaks to me of the struggle the spirit must go through as it crosses over from this world to the next. You may interpret it differently. Because of my interpretation of the song, today I dedicate it in memory of all the beautiful souls who must of struggled with unimaginable fear before they crossed over on September 11th, 2001.
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Janet :)

Staring up into the heavens
In this hell that binds your hands
Will you sacrifice your comfort
Make your way in a foreign land
(Leave what you know, and make your
way to the unknown)

Wrestle with your darkness
Angels call your name
Can you hear what they are saying
Will you ever be the same

Mmmm mmm mmm
Im Nin'alu, Im Nin'alu
Mmmm mmm mmm
Im Nin'alu, Im Nin'alu

Remember, remember
Never forget
All of your life has all been a test
You will find the gate that's open
Even though your spirit's broken

Open up my heart
Cause my lips to speak
Bring the heavens and the stars
Down to earth for me

Wrestle with your darkness
Angels call your name
Can you hear what they are saying
Will you ever be the same

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Recovering Your Light

Hello, I hope your having a great Labor Day Weekend! I was excited to come across this movement to celebrate and raise awareness about recovery. When it comes to recovery with an addiction, I know everyone has their own beliefs and or theory. Some believe in the disease aspect of it, others believe it is just a matter of individual behavior. I am still not 100 percent sure which theory I believe in. One thing I do know now, absolutely 100 percent, is that we grow up in a society that "conditions" us to the idea that the ideal way to go through life, have fun, on such a weekend as this, is to have a few alcoholic drinks, get a high to enhance the "good time"! I was fully conditioned to that ideal off and on, until last year. Thankfully, I can say now, through a series of unfortunate events, I have been "unconditioned". As strange as that may sound to some, thankful? How can anyone be thankful through a series of unfortunate events? Not be bitter or angry? I would answer that by telling you (although I'm sure you have heard it before!) sometimes you have to truly know the "dark" to recover the "light", the light that is your spirit, your natural self, free of anything that alters that light within you. Recovering, tapping into your light, I promise you this, will be the best substance you have ever had. Indeed I am the lucky one to know a better way to enhance my good times now, I am on the best high of my life. By sharing this, my wish is for all of you who need to find this feeling, that you were innately born with, will do so. I suggest to any of you who are concerned about yourself, take simple and small steps. Try to spend a weekend such as this without the substances. Simply change the conditions you have been accustomed to, and if it becomes a problem to do so, then seek help. I will be sharing more insight and information through out the month that will also include recovery from Mental Illness.
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Janet :)

‘I wish I could show you, when you are
lonely or in darkness, the astonishing
light of your own being.’ ~ Hafiz ~

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use disorder and/or mental health problem to live a healthy and rewarding life. The highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and health lives on long-term recovery and also honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Friday, September 2, 2011

At The Twilight

Hello, Happy Friday my friends :) The poems of Rumi speak with such depth of spirituality and beauty, I hope you feel that too.
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Janet :)


At the twilight, a moon appeared in the sky;
Then it landed on earth to look at me
Like a hawk stealing a bird at the time of prey;
That moon stole me and rushed back into the sky
I looked at myself, I did not see me anymore;
For in that moon, my body turned as fine as soul
The nine spheres disappeared in that moon;
The ship of my existence drowned in that sea

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recovering From Schizophrenia

Hello, This is part 1 of an article about Recovery From Schizophrenia. Because it is a long article, I will post the rest of it soon, or if you want to read on further, I included the link below. As a child my mother was diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenic. My memories tell me that, yes, at that time that it is what she had. I remember her being delusional and having psychotic episodes. Ranging from her putting cups over the car locks so no one would break into her car to her pouring shampoo over my head because I wanted to take a shower before school, and also chasing me with a hammer because I walked up and down the stairs. Absolute fear I lived in as I grew up, never knowing what would transpire next. I truly believe now that is why when I moved out of the house I developed Anxiety Disorder, it was from years of that fear and some PTSD. After I moved out though, she received new treatment and emerged a different person. Ever since then I have always thought she was misdiagnosed. But after reading this I can't help but wonder if maybe she did recover for the disease. I guess I'll never know for sure, but I am thankful that she did have those years of recovery, years of being non delusional, non psychotic and eventually becoming my best friend. If you have a loved one or family member that is suffering with this mental illness, know there is hope and most importantly, never, never give up on them.
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Kadaj standing in light Pictures, Images and Photos

John Nash's Genius Is Extraordinary, Recovering From Schizophrenia Is Anything But

The end of "A Beautiful Mind," the Oscar-nominated movie based loosely on the life of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr., depicts the Princeton mathematician's emergence from the stranglehold of paranoid schizophrenia, the most feared and disabling of mental illnesses. Moviegoers who have watched the cinematic metamorphosis of actor Russell Crowe from the disheveled genius who furiously covers his office walls with delusional scribblings to the silver-haired academic perfectly at home in the rarefied company of fellow laureates in Stockholm might assume that Nash's recovery from three decades of psychosis is unique.

But mental health experts say that while Nash's life is undeniably remarkable, his gradual recovery from schizophrenia is not.

That contention is likely to surprise many people, including some psychiatrists, who continue to believe the theory, promulgated a century ago by Sigmund Freud and his contemporaries, that the serious thought and mood disorder is a relentless, degenerative illness that robs victims of social and intellectual function, invariably dooming them to a miserable life in a homeless shelter, a prison cell or, at best, a group home.

Psychiatric researchers who have tracked patients after they left mental hospitals, as well as a growing number of recovered patients who have banded together to form a mental health consumer movement, contend that recovery of the kind Nash experienced is not rare.

"The stereotype everyone has of this disease is that there's no such thing as recovery," said Washington psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, who has written extensively about schizophrenia, an illness he has studied for decades and one that has afflicted his younger sister for nearly half a century. "The fact is that recovery is more common than people have been led to believe. . . . But I don't think any of us know for sure how many people recover."

The notion that Nash's recovery is exceptional "is very pervasive even though the facts don't support it, because that's what generations of psychiatrists have been taught," said Daniel B. Fisher, a board-certified Massachusetts psychiatrist and activist who has fully recovered from schizophrenia for which he was hospitalized three times between the ages of 25 and 30.

"Many of us who have spoken about our recovery are confronted with the statement that you couldn't have been schizophrenic, you must have been misdiagnosed," added Fisher, 58, who holds a PhD in biochemistry and went to medical school after his hospitalizations.

The belief that recovery from schizophrenia occurs only occasionally is belied by at least seven studies of patients who were followed for more than 20 years after their discharge from mental hospitals in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. In papers published between 1972 and 1995, researchers found that between 46 and 68 percent of patients had either fully recovered they had no symptoms of mental illness, took no psychiatric medication, worked and had normal relationships or were, like John Nash, significantly improved but impaired in one area of functioning.

Although the patients received a variety of treatments, researchers speculate that the improvement may reflect both an ability to manage illness that accompanies age coupled with the natural decline, beginning in the mid-forties, in the levels of brain chemicals that may be linked to schizophrenia.

"One reason nobody knows about recovery is that most folks don't tell anybody because the stigma is too great," said Frederick J. Frese III, 61, who was hospitalized 10 times for paranoid schizophrenia in his twenties and thirties.

Despite his illness, Frese, who considers himself "definitely not fully recovered but in pretty good shape," earned a doctorate in psychology and was, for 15 years, director of psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital in Ohio, the state's largest mental hospital. Frese holds faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University and Northern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

He has been married for 25 years and is the father of four children as well as past president of the National Mental Health Consumers Association. These achievements are hardly consistent with the prognosis Frese was given at 27, when a psychiatrist told him he had a "degenerative brain disorder" and would probably spend the rest of his life in the state mental hospital to which he had recently been committed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Smooth Criminal

Hello, Happy Music Monday! As I wrote on My MM post on DDD, I'm so glad to be able to join in today as I just got my power back on. Irene left us without power for almost 24 hours. We were lucky enough to have a generator to run our DVD player. When the guys went to bed I put on "This Is It" and once again escaped in the magic of Micheal's music. At the end of the movie this time, I did not feel as sad about his passing as I did last year when I watched it, even though it is still such a tragedy. I felt how lucky we all are that he was here in the first place. I thought about what a lifetime of great music he made that demonstrated, fun, love, peace, and humanitarian causes that will live on forever! So I decided to share his magic with all of you today,
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Janet :)

Micheal would have been 53 years young today. The
strange thing is I did not even realize it was his
Birthday until after I did this post!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Angels Protect You

Hello, I'm sending out a Prayer tonight for everyone in Irene's path. Especially for my daughter and her family who live in the Buzzard Bay area!
Take Care,
Janet :)


I said a Prayer straight
from the heart,
God knew I was sincere...
As I prayed for us,
The Angels gathered near

I asked God for
protection throughout
the storm, this day and
I told him Angels were
needed by our side