Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Mental Health Hotline

Hi Everyone, I thought you might get a laugh out of these. Enjoy your day!
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

The new answering service greeting recently installed on the "Mental Health Institute Hotline"

"Hello, and welcome to the Mental Health Hotline."

If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.

If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on the line so we can trace your call.

If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be transferred to the mother ship.

If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are a manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press: no-one will answer.

If you are dyslexic, press 969696969696969.

If you have a nervous disorder, please fidget with the hash key until a representative comes on the line.

"Hello, and welcome back to the Mental Health Hotline!

"(We know when it's you!)!"

If you have amnesia, press 8, and state your name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, and your mother's maiden name.

If you have post-traumatic stress disorder, slowly and carefully press 000.

If you have bi-polar disorder, please leave a message after the beep, or before the beep. Or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.

If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short term memory loss, press 9.

If you have low self esteem, please hang up. All our operators are too busy to talk to you.

Some Funny Thoughts :)

A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and give them to everyone else.

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again

Insanity is my only means of relaxation.

My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.

The measure of a man’s intelligence is inversely proportional to the amount of time he keeps his mouth open.

Barbie Comes Of Age!!

Post-Menopausal Barbie. This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things, and cries a lot. She is sick and tired of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex. As a bonus this year, the book “Getting In Touch with Your Inner Self” is included.

Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie’s bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with hand-held fan and tiny tissues.

Recovery Barbie. Too many parties have finally caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does Twelve Steps instead of dance steps. Clean and sober, she’s going to meetings religiously. Comes with a little copy of The Big Book and a six-pack of Diet Coke.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Hi Everyone, I hope your all doing well. I am doing good. I wanted to post about this subject as a part of my series on addiction. I would have to say from a personal stand point I do think Marijuana is the least harmful of all the drugs out there and I do think it should be legal. Alcohol is legal and I definitely think it causes far more damage to a person and society as a whole. But I have to wonder about daily, heavy, long term use of this drug, because through the years I have seen some changes in people I know who fit the heavy use category change for the worse, they seem to have to have it everyday. I have seen the changes in their mental health as well, deep denial, distorted reality, lack of comprehension, to name a few. On the other hand I have seen recreational users who show none of those effects. Then there are people who need it for medical purposes, so which is the lesser of the two evils? Read the article if you have a concern for yourself, or anyone you care about and then decide whether or not you agree with it.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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Is There a Link Between Marijuana Use and Mental Illness?

Research in the past decade has focused on whether marijuana use actually causes other mental illnesses. The strongest evidence to date suggests a link between cannabis use and psychosis (Hall and Degenhardt 2009). For example, a series of large prospective studies that followed a group of people over time showed a relationship between marijuana use and later development of psychosis. Marijuana use also worsens the course of illness in patients with schizophrenia and can produce a brief psychotic reaction in some users that fades as the drug wears off. The amount of drug used, the age at first use, and genetic vulnerability can all influence this relationship. One example is a study (illustrated) that found an increased risk of psychosis among adults who had used marijuana in adolescence and who also carried a specific variant of the gene for catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) (Caspi et al. 2005), an enzyme that degrades neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

In addition to the observed links between marijuana use and schizophrenia, other less consistent associations have been reported between marijuana use and depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts among adolescents, and personality disturbances. One of the most frequently cited, albeit still controversial, is an amotivational syndrome, defined as a diminished or absent drive to engage in typically rewarding activities. Because of the role of the endocannabinoid system in regulating mood, these associations make a certain amount of sense; however, more research is needed to confirm and better understand these linkages.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction; that is, people have difficulty controlling their drug use and cannot stop even though it interferes with many aspects of their lives. It is estimated that 9 percent of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it. The number goes up to about 1 in 6 in those who start using young (in their teens) and to 25-50 percent among daily users. Moreover, a study of over 300 fraternal and identical twin pairs found that the twin who had used marijuana before the age of 17 had elevated rates of other drug use and drug problems later on, compared with their twin who did not use before age 17.

According to the 2008 NSDUH, marijuana accounted for 4.2 million of the estimated 7 million Americans dependent on or abusing illicit drugs. In 2008, approximately 15 percent of people entering drug abuse treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse; 61 percent of persons under 15 reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, as did 56 percent of those 15 to 19 years old.

Marijuana addiction is also linked to a withdrawal syndrome similar to that of nicotine withdrawal, which can make it hard to quit. People trying to quit report irritability, sleeping difficulties, craving, and anxiety. They also show increased aggression on psychological tests, peaking approximately 1 week after they last used the drug.

How Does Marijuana Use Affect School, Work, and Social Life?

Research has shown that marijuana's negative effects on attention, memory, and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off (Schweinsburg et al. 2008). Consequently, someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time. Not surprisingly, evidence suggests that, compared with their nonsmoking peers, students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school (Fergusson and Boden 2008). A meta-analysis of 48 relevant studies—one of the most thorough performed to date—found cannabis use to be associated consistently with reduced educational attainment (e.g., grades and chances of graduating) (Macleod et al. 2004). However, a causal relationship is not yet proven between cannabis use by young people and psychosocial harm.

That said, marijuana users themselves report poor outcomes on a variety of life satisfaction and achievement measures. One study compared current and former long-term heavy users of marijuana with a control group who reported smoking cannabis at least once in their lives but not more than 50 times. Despite similar education and income backgrounds, significant differences were found in educational attainment: fewer of the heavy users of cannabis completed college, and more had yearly household incomes of less than $30,000. When asked how marijuana affected their cognitive abilities, career achievements, social lives, and physical and mental health, the majority of heavy cannabis users reported the drug's negative effects on all of these measures. In addition, several studies have linked workers' marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, and job turnover. For example, a study among postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana on a pre-employment urine drug test had 55 percent more industrial accidents, 85 percent more injuries, and a 75-percent increase in absenteeism compared with those who tested negative for marijuana use.

Does Marijuana Use Affect Driving?

Because marijuana impairs judgment and motor coordination and slows reaction time, an intoxicated person has an increased chance of being involved in and being responsible for an accident (O'Malley and Johnston 2007; Richer and Bergeron 2009). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. A recent survey found that 6.8 percent of drivers, mostly under 35, who were involved in accidents tested positive for THC; alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21 percent of such drivers.

For more info
http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/marijuana/marijuana4.html

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Heartprints

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well, I am doing good. I'm sorry I have not posted since Saturday, but my week got busier than I thought it would be. Here is an inspirational saying I came across that I wanted to share with all of you. What a great way to go about our day, each and everyday, hopefully leaving heartprints where ever we go!
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

Inspirational Quotes

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Mother's Legacy

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well, Today my Mother would have been 75 yrs old. She was my inspiration for this blog. How I miss her, but now I try to stay focused on the good memories, the laughs, and her beautiful smile. The other day I was spring cleaning one of my closets and I found a bag of her things from the nursing home. I pulled out one of her night shirts she slept in. It still has her scent, oh how I held it in my arms and up to my face, I felt both sad and happy at the same time, hard to explain really. I put it back in the bag and there it will stay, the scent too, hopefully forever! After she passed away I began thinking about what her legacy is to me and my family. In what light would I view her life to have been and what influence did it have in shaping who I am. This is what my thoughts are on her legacy.

My mother was born on St. Joseph’s day, thus her name Josephine. Her nickname was Dolly. I was told she was a very happy, bubbly baby and would make her mother laugh and laugh. Her mother stopped laughing when she was two years old. She died from stomach cancer. Her older siblings took care of her, but she always missed having her mother she told me. She graduated 2nd in her class, had an IQ of genius. She grew into a beautiful woman who was also a ballerina. My mother married my father at the young age of 20. Being a Catholic woman in those days meant for the most part that you stayed home and began a family. By the time she was 25 she had 4 children. The first three all a year apart. When the 4th child arrived, she had a nervous breakdown. She was Paranoid Schizophrenic. Lookng back now I think she may have had a case of post postpartum psychosis, you'll understand why as you read on. As we grew up she endured many years of shock therapy and was heavily medicated with Thorazine. Two times she attempted to take her own life because she could not stand what was going on with her. She did not want to be sick like that, who would. The grace of God saved her and she continued on this path of illness until 1989. My brother had taken my mother to Pembroke Hospital and she received a new treatment. They just put her on Lithium. When she came home we saw a new person emerging. It was like watching someone come out of a state of darkness and back into the light. She never went back into a Mental Institution again. She became much more functional than before, we would go out to lunch, we would go shopping together. She took care of herself like never before. She enjoyed her 10 grandchildren. The last 19 years with her were the best years of our lives together. So to get back to her legacy, I can see it clearly now. She was the greatest teacher I have ever had in my life. She taught me to be brave and endure what life hands you. Acceptance of others who are different from the norm and love them all the same. I learned forgiveness for not having the perfect childhood and realized she was really the victim, not me, as I often felt sorry for myself growing up because she was not June Cleaver. She thought me compassion as she shared a story with me once. While in the Mental Institution suffering herself, she told me of a day where she saw another women screaming and suffering. She went to her room and said a prayer for her. That touched me in more ways than I can say, that is true compassion. Even in the end of her days in the nursing home she demonstrated dignity. When they would come around and put bibs on them to eat, she asked me to buy her an apron. When I did you would have thought I bought her gold. I will never forget how happy she was to get such a simple item. So she put gratitude in a whole new light for me as well. She had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed many a laugh with her, how I miss that so much today. So to me my Mother’s legacy is truly a beautiful one, one of a Mother that taught me more than she will ever know and taught me well . She will never really be gone because she has left behind a big and beautiful family, and her spirit lives on in all of us.
Thank you for visiting my blog
Janet


















Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Everything Happens For A Reason

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I wanted to share this inspirational video with all of you today. Thanks Bing for sharing it with me:) Some days, whether we like it or not, life happens!! I feel the best way to deal with what we can't understand is to reflect on the situation and accept that "Yes" everything happens for a reason! It always helps me to let go of what I can't control, what I am unhappy about. I hope it helps you too.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tears Of An Angel

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I am doing good. This Music Monday selection I would like to dedicate to all the victims in Japan. It is so heartbreaking to see all the damage and destruction. It is so devastating, that I'm sure, even the Angels have shed a tear. This is my prayer for all of them as well.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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

I asked God to give you strength
to face life's tide...
I told him an Angel was
needed by your side

I asked him to toss your
hurt into the deep blue sea...
and let it's healing waters
remove the memory

Tears are Heavenly raindrops
God must send to cleanse the soul,
The storm will quickly be replaced...
with the beauty of his rainbow




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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Being

Hi Everyone, here's a little inspiration for you and me, "just being" sounds good doesn't it :)
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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Being...
It is the letting go of all the
should's, the must's, the have-to's,
the have-nots, the cannots,
the doubts and the guilt.

It is allowing your thoughts to come forth -
without judgement.

It is allowing yourself to feel -
without judgement.

It is allowing yourself to do what you want -
without judgement.

It is allowing yourself to be who you are -
without judgement.

When you allow yourself to be,
You find Peace, Freedom, Love
and Joy Within you.

Author Unknown

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fun and Useless Facts

Hello, Happy Sunday! I thought I would share some of these fun, but probably useless facts to know for a little amusement today! I hope your having a great weekend.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

Have a Great Day Pictures, Images and Photos

The tradition of brides carrying a bouquet of flowers started with the brides trying to hide their body odor

The human brain is 80% water(that explains alot huh!)

A Playboy magazine survey found more women talk dirty during sex than men

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Coca-Cola was originally green

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. treasury

The average American consumes enough caffeine in one year to kill a horse

Enough beer is poured every Saturday across America to fill the Orange Bowl

Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts

Its impossible to smoke oneself to death with weed. You won't be able to retain enough motor control and consciousness to do so after such a large amount

In Arizona it is illegal to have more than two dildos in one house

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers in the US

During good sex, endorphins are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex

In the US, Americans eat about 18 acres of pizza a day

In South Africa it is a law that single ply toilet paper must have 500 sheets in the roll

The longest flight of a chicken is about 13 seconds

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar

Ants never sleep

Everyday, 15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide!

Lima beans contain cyanide

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America (not China), in 1918, by Charles Jung

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What Is Addiction?

Hello Everyone, How are you? Good I hope. I have been wanting to start a series of posts on Addiction and Mental Health. Although I am sure you are all learning plenty thanks to Charlie Sheen right?? Wrong LOL! I'm sorry, but enough of him already!! The media I believe, does what it believes is it's best to inform people, but is often to caught up in the sensationalism of celebrities and not truly giving enough information. Alcohol and Cocaine are not the main drugs that people are addicted to, I know plenty of people who are also addicted to other drugs such as Pot and Pills, I know plenty of people that have addictions other than drugs and alcohol. Addiction can be either physically and mentally or both at the same time. I was saddened to see the amount of young people in rehab that were in there for Heroine and Oxycontin. Those two drugs must be the most popular drugs of choice these days among their age group, so please if you have teens or young adults you need to be aware of the signs. A drug is a drug, is a drug, as they say, and no, beer is no better than whiskey, just ask your Doctor to check your liver after drinking beer heavily for 30 yrs! A shopaholic is probably no better off than a gambler once they cross that line (I will talk about the line in upcoming posts) I want to start of my series of posts with the basic understanding of addiction and build on the series from this. Addiction is a major Mental Health issues that effects so many people across all socio economic classes and races. No one is immune from it. I hope this helps anyone out there who may be concerned about themselves or a loved one.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a habit that is often hard to stop and that increasingly interferes with a person’s life. The habit could involve a substance such as alcohol or another drug, or an activity such as gambling. Not everyone agrees about the exact meaning of addiction, but the checklists for determining if someone has an addiction usually include these items:
* the person cannot stop the substance use or the activity, despite trying to stop again and again
* the substance or the activity has become the focus (or preoccupation) of the person’s life
* the person continues the use or activity despite severe negative consequences, (e.g., imprisonment or financial disaster)

According to the World Health Organization:
* 76.3 million people worldwide have alcohol use disorders
* at least 15.3 million people worldwide have drug use disorders
* about one third of the world’s population over the age of 15 smoke tobacco.

Gambling is an activity that is growing in popularity, and so the concern about problem gambling is growing as well, for example:
* in 2004, Canadians gambled roughly $12.4 billion on some form of government-run gambling activity
* roughly 332,000 people in Ontario are experiencing problems as a result of their gambling.

What Causes Addiction?
It's puzzling why some people become addicted and others do not. No single answer has been found. It seems that people develop addictions through a mixture of factors such as:
* genes
* the way a person’s brain works
* difficulties during childhood
* mental health problems
* stress
* cultural influences.

While researchers continue to study the mysteries of addiction, some things are clear: nobody chooses to become addicted, and addiction is not simply due to
personal weakness or character flaws.

Risk Factors for Addiction
While the exact cause of addiction is not known, researchers have found that certain things raise the risk of becoming addicted. People usually start trying out substances and activities that could become addictive in their youth, so research has focused on this age group.
The risk factors for addiction in youth include:
* alcohol or other drug problems among family members
* poor school performance
* poverty
* family conflicts, chaos
* stress
* having friends who drink or use other drugs
* not fitting in socially
* emotional, physical or sexual abuse

How Does Addiction Develop?
Experimenting
1. Start using a substance or an activity such as gambling for fun, curiosity, to be part of a group.
2. Find the use/activity brings good feelings, more confidence, escape from problems.
Repetitive use
1. Repeat use/activity to feel good again or to cope with stress.
2. Come to rely on use/activity to escape problems or bad feelings.
3. Body and mind get used to the good feeling; need more use/activity to get the desired effect (tolerance is developing)
Result
1. Need more energy, money for use/activity; have less time for other things, such as relationships.
2. Health, social life, finances, work start to suffer, creating more problems to be escaped through the use/activity.
3. Spend less time with people not involved in the use/activity; become isolated from those who might help with problem use/activity.
4. Continue use/activity despite negative effects, such as loss of job, relationships, home; serious health problems; conflicts with the law.
5. Use/activity is now the focus of life; attempts to stop or cut back fail - addiction results.

Addiction Affects Both Mind and Body
Addiction is sometimes referred to as "dependence." When it comes to substance use, there are two kinds of dependence:
Psychological dependence occurs when a person feels he or she needs the drug to function or feel comfortable.
Physical dependence occurs when a person’s body has become used to the presence of a drug. Tolerance has developed, which means that the person needs to use more of the drug to get the same effect. When the person stops using the drug, symptoms of withdrawal occur. People often think that psychological dependence is not as serious as physical dependence. This is not necessarily true. Cocaine, for example, does not cause physical dependence, but it is considered one of the easiest drugs to get hooked on and one of the hardest to give up.