Thursday, April 28, 2011

Greatness Comes

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing good. I'm lucky enough to have some people in my life today that inspire me when I least expect it, and when I need it the most! So I believe in "paying it forward" as they say, and hopefully I inspire some of you today with these quotes :)
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

F*#k You!

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing good this Monday. I came across this sign language version of Cee Lo Green's song on Feeling Flirty's Blog, http://www.feelingflirty.com/ and I just loved it! Great job by the girl who performed it. I personally think for mental health reasons, we should all have a day (or more!) to drive around and say or sign "Fuck You" to all of those people who we just can't stand and piss us off to no end LOL! Don't you? I included the official video by Cee Lo too, Happy Music Monday to all of you :)
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)








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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Funnies

Hi Everyone, I thought you might get a laugh out of these. Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate the holiday.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Have a great day,
Janet :)












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New Medications for Women

St. Mon's Wort
Plant extract that treats mom's depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to six hours.

E m p t y N e s t r o g e n
Highly effective suppository that eliminates melancholy by enhancing the memory of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn't wait till they moved out.

P e p t o b i m b o
Liquid silicone for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and improves flirting.

D u m e r o l
When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low I.Q., causing enjoyment of country western music.

F l i p i t o r
Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

A n t i b o y o t i c s
When administered to teenage girls, is highly effective in improving grades, freeing up phone lines, and reducing money spent on make-up.

M e n i c i l l i n
Potent anti boyotic for older women. Increases resistance to such lines as, "You make me want to be a better person ... can we get naked now?"

B u y a g r a
Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency and duration of spending spree.

J a c k A s s p i r i n
Relieves headache caused by a man who can't remember your anniversary or phone number.

A n t i-t a l k s i d e n t
A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers.

And the best:
D a m i t o l
Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 hours.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

THIQ and Crossing The Line Into Alcoholism

Hello Everyone, I received this information in a group I attend. I thought it was important to share with all of you in my series on addiction. Reading this article helped me understand the effects Alcohol had on me. I'm sure you have all heard terms such as "Wet Brain" in reference to an Alcoholic. Science now tells us it is true. The brain is eventually effected after years of drinking Alcohol. If someone becomes a chronic drinker, such as daily use, chances are they will eventually cross the line into Alcoholism. T.H.I.Q will build up in a person's brain because physically our bodies are not meant to handle all that Alcohol, it is toxic, it is like a poison. The good news is we all can recover from the effects of THIQ when we abstain from alcohol. This is also why you hear many people in recovery talk about not being in a fog anymore, and the crazy part is that you don't even realize you are in a fog, not seeing everything as clearly as you should, until you go into recovery. I hope this information helps you or someone you may be concerned about in the way that it helped me. Most of all I hope this helps you to be more understanding and compassionate towards an Alcoholic.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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T.H.I.Q. --Biochemical Culprit

T.H.I.Q. was discovered in brains of alcoholics in Houston, Texas by a scientist named Virginia Davis who was doing cancer research. For her study she needed fresh human brains and used bodies of homeless winos who had died during the night and were picked up by Houston police in the morning. She discovered in the brains of those chronic alcoholics a substance that is closely related to Heroin. This substance, known to scientists, is called Tetrahydrolsoqulnoline or THIQ. When a person shoots heroin into their body, some of it breaks down and turns into THIQ. The Alcoholics studied had not been using heroin so how did the THIQ get there? When the normal adult drinker takes in alcohol, it is very rapidly eliminated at the rate of about one drink per hour. The body first converts the alcohol into something called Acetaldehyde. This chemical is VERY TOXIC and if it were to build up inside us, we would get VIOLENTLY SICK AND COULD DIE. But Mother Nature helps us to get rid of acetaldehyde very quickly. She efficiently changes it a couple of more times - into carbon dioxide and water - which is eliminated through kidneys and lungs. That's what happens to normal drinkers. It also happens with alcoholic drinkers, but with alcoholic drinkers something additional happens. What Virginia discovered in Huston has been extensively confirmed since. In alcoholic drinkers, a very small amount of poisonous acetaldehyde is not eliminated. Instead it goes to the brain. There through a very complicated biochemical process, it winds up as THIQ.

Research has found the following:
1. THIQ is manufactured in the brain and only occurs in the brain of the alcoholic drinker. It is not manufactured in the brain of the normal social drinker of alcohol.
2. THIQ has been found to be highly addictive. It was tried in experimental use with
animals during the Second World War when we were looking for a painkiller less addicting than morphine. THIQ was a pretty good pain killer but it couldn't be used on humans. It turned out to be much more addicting than morphine.
3. Experiments have shown that certain kinds of rats cannot be made to drink alcohol. Put in a cage with very weak solution of vodka and water, these rats refuse to touch it. They will literally thirst to death before they agree to drink alcohol. However, if you take the same kind of rat and put a minute quantity of THIQ into the rat's brain -- one quick injection -- the animal will immediately develop a preference for alcohol over water.
4. Studies done with monkeys, our close animal relative in medical terms, show the
following:
A. Once the THIQ is injected into a monkey's brain, it stays there.
B. You can keep the monkey dry, off alcohol, for 7 years. Brain studies show that THIQ remains in place in the brain.
The alcoholic's body, like normal drinkers, changes the alcohol into acetaldehyde and then it changes most of it into carbon dioxide and water, which in the end kicks out through the kidneys and lungs. However, the alcoholic's bodies won't kick all these chemicals out. The Alcoholic's brain holds a few bits back and transforms them into THIQ. As THIQ is accumulated in the brain of an alcoholic, at some point, maybe sooner, maybe later, the alcoholic will cross over a shadowy line into a whole new way of living. It is not known by medical science, at this time, where this line is or how much THIQ an individual brain will pile up before one crosses this line. Some predisposed people cross the line while they're teenagers, or earlier. Others cross in their 30's or 40's and others after retirement. But once this happens the alcoholic will be as hooked on alcohol, as he would have been hooked on heroin, if he'd been shooting that instead. With the loss of control, the complex symptoms have become chronic. All aspects of physiology have become progressive and incurable. Now it is clearly a disease.

GOOD NEWS:
1. Alcoholism is a disease.
2. Alcoholism is not the alcoholic's fault.
3. Alcoholics can get proper treatment for the disease,
which begins with telling them these facts.
4. The alcoholic can be relieved of guilt.
5. The alcoholic can take on responsibility for
arresting their disease.
6. The alcoholic can refuse to put more THIQ in their
brains and refuse to activate the THIQ that is already there.
7. Alcoholics can and do recover!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shallow Society

Hi Everyone, I hope your enjoying your weekend :) As most of you have heard by now Catherine Zeta Jones has spoke out about her battle with Bipolar Disorder II. I have mixed feelings on the attention it is bringing to society through the media. It is always a good thing to talk about it, as I advocate for on here, to help end the stigma and shame of mental illness. At the same time it angers me in a way because I get the impression that because it is her, a beautiful women, with a good marriage, a great career, no outbursts or crazy incidents (although they have been showing clips of her getting maybe too "excited" to accept an award and the incident with the paparazzi, which of course is now being viewed in a different light!) to finally make it ok to have this disorder, or a Mental Illness, to really end the stigma? That speaks volumes to me of what a shallow society we live in. A compassionate-less, scared society that cannot de-stigmatize Mental Illness with the common person, or the homeless man or women on the street. Sad don't you think? How do you feel about this, I'm sure a lot of you already feel the same way from your own personal experiences. I have lived with the stigma from the time I was born, having a mother with the illness and that is probably why I feel that little bit of anger, because she, and everyone who has this illness has always and will always deserve the respect that Catherine is getting. Time will tell if she does make a difference so stayed tuned!
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)


The revelation that the seemingly unshakable actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder illustrates the hallmarks of the disease: it can strike at any time in a person's life and is often brought on by prolonged stressed.




















Zeta-Jones, 41, fell victim to the disorder's wild mood swings after her husband Michael Douglas went through a high-profile battle with stage IV throat cancer and then endured a court fight with Douglas' first wife over proceeds from the "Wall Street" movie sequel.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental illness characterized by mood swings between the two psychological pulls of depression and euphoria.

"It can start at any time in a person's life and it's a lifelong illness," Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder at Beth Israel Medical Center told ABC News OnCall.

Zeta-Jones is said to have been diagnosed with bipolar II, which is a form of the disorder which is characterized by longer low periods.

Stress is one common trigger for bipolar disorder, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. The condition can also be spotted if someone has a prolonged feeling of agitation, trouble sleeping, major changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide.

Zeta-Jones has had plenty of stress over the past year. Last year, Douglas, 66, the father of Zeta-Jones' two children, was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. While Douglas announced in January that he was cancer free, he and Zeta-Jones have more recently had to battle Douglas' first wife, Diandra, who is suing Douglas for a portion of the royalties from his movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

"After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder," Zeta-Jones publicist said in a statement.

According to Galynker, there's hope for most who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"It is not curable, but it is treatable with medications and psychotherapy." said Galynker. "People with bipolar illness can have productive lives like anybody else, once they're in treatment and compliant with treatment."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sailing

Hello My Friends, How are you, I am doing great today. I am feeling spring in the air around me today, even though the sun is not shining, I am starting to feel renewed. I feel the fog in my head lifting after a long cold lonely winter. I notice I don't want to go back to sleep after my son goes off to school in the morning anymore, I am accomplishing more around my house and I have been walking a little longer on my treadmill. There were days sitting here, that I truly felt I couldn't make it another day, the isolation was just unbearable. No job, no license to go out anywhere, no friends, no Mom around the corner. I honestly thought I might just snap and wake up in a padded room! But thanks to my family and my supporters and friends here on my blogs and online, I made it, I sailed through. This is for all of you who are sailing too, remember whatever your struggling with, it will pass. Strength comes from within us and to us when we least expect it.
Have a great day,
Love ya,
Janet :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Funnies

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing good, I am doing much better after yesterday's vent on my other blog :) Thanks again for understanding if you read it. I am also still getting a good laugh out of Tosh.O. Remember now, it is Adult Content, but IMO not that bad, so enjoy!
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four Immeasurables

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I am doing good. I have been reading Buddha teachings online and I wanted to share this one with all of you. I think it is a great way for all of us to try and live our lives everyday.
Have a great day,
Janet :)

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The Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula

"Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.

Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.

Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.

I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

2gether

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I wanted to share this great online community with all of you. Some of the best ways to deal with Mental Illness is to know your not alone and talk about it with someone who truly understands. Talking will also keep you from feeling ashamed. Do not not allow society, in this day and age, to keep you isolated by the Stigma. And once you open up and share, you never know how your story may just help and inspire someone else out there who needs it!
Thank you for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)



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Welcome to 2gether, an online community for friends of those living with mental health problems. Join the conversation and share your stories and experiences. Help other friends support their friends in the recovery process. Together, we will make a difference.

http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/2gether/

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