Monday, January 30, 2012

Lovely Logics

Hello, 7 Lovely Logics that will help keep our perspectives in the right place.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Live Above The Influence

Hello, I came across this great campaign for teens. It is a supportive community on the web, and on Facebook, where teens who want to live a life free of drugs and Alcohol can connect with each other. They share posts and videos of their "unwasted weekends", I love that, unwasted weekends!! I wish something like this was around when I was younger, it may have had a good influence on me. Growing up in my hometown was all about getting wasted on the weekends. IMO everyone should learn to live above the influence because from my own personal experiences, Above is so much better than Under. Please share this with any teens you know.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

About Above The Influence: "This campaign is inspired by what teens have told us about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions. Every teen's life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. We're not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions. We want teens to live Above the Influence."



LIVE ABOVE THE INFLUENCE

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Hey, we are not kids anymore, right?
There won't always be someone
helping us learn what's right or what's wrong.
We are all trying to figure it out,
using whatever we've learned along the way.
More and more, it's up to us.

Trouble is, wherever we're hanging out,
you can be sure influence will show up too.
"Try one," "This is so cool!" "C'mon, it's no big deal..."
In a matter of seconds, you could make a decision
that will affect the rest of your life.

Easy? No way. You won't always get it right.
But here's the thing—it's your call. Your life.
Your chance to define yourself.
To stand up for who you are,
instead of letting others define you.

Every single day, we need to think about how we're going to live.

Above the influence? Or, under the influence?
I am Above the Influence. How about you?

http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lies Your Treasure

Hello, I love this quote by Joseph Campbell. How true it is, that when we think we are in our darkest hour, somehow, someway, we find a "treasure" that has been lying in wait within ourselves, to begin again.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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It is by going down into the Abyss
that we recover the treasures of Life,
Where you Stumble,
there lies your Treasure
Joseph Campbell

Friday, January 20, 2012

Flashback Friday

Hello, Happy Friday! I came across this cute happy dance photo of Laural and Hardy on Photobucket. So it gave me the idea to check out their Official Website. I liked their website so much I thought I would share some of what I found on there with you. I enjoy watching the classic comedians of our day sometimes. It's just simple, silly, slapstick comedy. My brothers and I always watched the Three Stooges growing up, so I had to include a video clip of them. And come to find out they are coming out with a new movie of the Three Stooge in the spring! I hope you enjoy flashing back to these classics as much as I did, and may your weekend involve something that makes you want to do a happy dance!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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This is in English


Did You Know?
by Richard W. Bann

The official date of death of Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy:
Hardy: Aug 7, 1957.
Laurel: Feb 23, 1965.

8x7=56. 2x23=46. 56-46=10. Laurel was 75. Hardy was 65. 75-65=10.

Hardy died at 65 in '57, which is 75 backwards, Laurel died at 75 in '65, which is the age when Hardy died in '57, which is 75 backwards, which is the age when Laurel died, in '65, at age 75, which is '57 backwards, which is when Hardy died, at age 65, to infinity to the tenth power, which is how long Laurel & Hardy will continue entertaining a world in need of laughter ... if we have anything to do with it!

At one point, Stan Laurel had married his first wife once, his second wife twice, and his third wife three times. 1-2-3. Then he spoiled that arithmetic progression, but created a different symmetry. He went back and married his second wife, a third time, and concluded by marrying his fourth wife once. 1-3-3-1. What does this mean? TWICE TWO? Maybe TWICE THREE? You tell us. Perhaps Oliver Hardy had the answer in SONS OF THE DESERT when he said, "I never realized that such a deplorable condition existed in your home.

In addition to fishing, Stan's other interests included raising ducks and hydroponic gardening (a process in which plants are grown in chemical solutions rather than soil). He once successfully cross-bred a potato and an onion, but couldn't get anyone to sample the results.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mental Health First Aid

Hello, I hope your doing well today. This is a critical first aid program that has been long overdue in our society. I'm happy to read that the numbers are growing of people who are certified. I hope to take this myself someday soon. There is a link at the bottom of the article if you are interested in this training for personal or professional reasons.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Dictionary.com defines the term "first aid" as emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached

When you add the words "mental health" in front of it, it doesn't necessarily change its meaning, it simply redirects it towards assisting someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis--such as helping an individual who is having a panic attack, contemplating suicide or has overdosed on drugs or alcohol

Mental Health First Aid Comes to the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid is a relatively new program, introduced to the United States in 2008. Seeing a need for improved mental healthcare, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare partnered with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to bring the program from Australia where it was created in 2001 by a respected mental health literacy professor and a health education nurse

Since its creation, the program has been replicated in 16 countries worldwide, and since its introduction to the U.S., more than 15,000 people have taken the course--including those with backgrounds that vary from EMS professionals and law enforcement officials to human resource experts, business leaders and those who work with youth and are members of faith-based communities

The course is intended for a variety of audiences such as this, as well as friends and family members of individuals with mental illness or addiction, influential professionals within communities, school and college leaders and anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction

"Just like a traditional first aid program teaches people what to do when someone has a heart attack, has trouble breathing or is injured, Mental Health First Aid helps people know what to do when someone exhibits the signs and symptoms of mental illness," explains Meena Dayak, vice president, marketing and communications, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

The Five-Step Action Plan

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course is led by certified instructors who teach participants through a five-step action plan, ALGEE:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm;
Listen nonjudgmentally;
Give reassurance and information;
Encourage appropriate professional help;
Encourage self-help and other support strategies

An important component of the training is for participants to practice the intervention strategy rather than just learn about it.

"We cover a range of mental health issues, everything from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to alcoholism and drug abuse," explains Dayak. But the program digs deeper by connecting people with resources and linking them to support groups. "We let them know who to call for help," she says. "And we teach people how they should respond or talk to someone who is experiencing any mental health issues. In the case of an EMS provider, the program can help them in their job because it teaches them how to respond appropriately to someone who may have a mental health issue. It can help them understand where the victim is coming from and what they may be responsive to."

There is Help Available

The need for such training is apparent, Dayak notes. "We find there are a lot of stigmas around mental health," she says. "It can be difficult for people to accept that a mental illness is an illness. You can go to a doctor and get help

"When we heard about the program, we knew it could really help people in crisis," she continues. "We knew it could help remove the stigma and let people know it's okay to get help. Overall, the program has proven to be an eye opener for participants. People have become more aware that mental illness is just like any other illness such as cancer, diabetes or a heart condition. It can be common and it is treatable. Most of all, it's gratifying for people to learn that help is available and to find out where it is"

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid and to find a course offered near you, visit
http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/

Monday, January 16, 2012

We Must Dare

Hello, In a world where our best efforts to live by these virtues can easily be discouraged, courageous are we, who do still dare!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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In a world filled with Hate, we must still dare to Hope,
In a world filled with Anger, we must still dare to Comfort,
In a world filled with Despair, we must still dare to Dream,
And in a world filled with Distrust, we must still dare to Believe....
Michael Jackson

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bipolar Disorder

Hello, I hope your doing well today. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million Adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year. (National Institute of Mental Health). I hope that this information will help anyone out there who may feel they have it, or know someone who does. The earlier treatment begins, the better the results and quality of life.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

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Bipolar Disorder

* Introduction: Bipolar Disorder
* What is bipolar disorder?
* What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar disorder often develops in a person's late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25.1 Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods called "mood episodes." An overly joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode, and an extremely sad or hopeless state is called a depressive episode. Sometimes, a mood episode includes symptoms of both mania and depression. This is called a mixed state. People with bipolar disorder also may be explosive and irritable during a mood episode.

Extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep, and behavior go along with these changes in mood. It is possible for someone with bipolar disorder to experience a long-lasting period of unstable moods rather than discrete episodes of depression or mania.

A person may be having an episode of bipolar disorder if he or she has a number of manic or depressive symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least one or two weeks. Sometimes symptoms are so severe that the person cannot function normally at work, school, or home.

Symptoms of mania or a manic episode include:
Mood Changes

* A long period of feeling "high," or an overly happy or outgoing mood
* Extremely irritable mood, agitation, feeling "jumpy" or "wired."

Behavioral Changes

* Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
* Being easily distracted
* Increasing goal-directed activities, such as taking on new projects
* Being restless
* Sleeping little
* Having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities
* Behaving impulsively and taking part in a lot of pleasurable,
high-risk behaviors, such as spending sprees, impulsive sex, and impulsive business investments.

Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode include:
Mood Changes

* A long period of feeling worried or empty
* Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex.

Behavioral Changes

* Feeling tired or "slowed down"
* Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
* Being restless or irritable
* Changing eating, sleeping, or other habits
* Thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide.

In addition to mania and depression, bipolar disorder can cause a range of moods, as shown on the scale. Scale of Severe Depression, Moderate Depression, and Mild Low Mood



One side of the scale includes severe depression, moderate depression, and mild low mood. Moderate depression may cause less extreme symptoms, and mild low mood is called dysthymia when it is chronic or long-term. In the middle of the scale is normal or balanced mood.

At the other end of the scale are hypomania and severe mania. Some people with bipolar disorder experience hypomania. During hypomanic episodes, a person may have increased energy and activity levels that are not as severe as typical mania, or he or she may have episodes that last less than a week and do not require emergency care. A person having a hypomanic episode may feel very good, be highly productive, and function well. This person may not feel that anything is wrong even as family and friends recognize the mood swings as possible bipolar disorder. Without proper treatment, however, people with hypomania may develop severe mania or depression.

During a mixed state, symptoms often include agitation, trouble sleeping, major changes in appetite, and suicidal thinking. People in a mixed state may feel very sad or hopeless while feeling extremely energized.

Sometimes, a person with severe episodes of mania or depression has psychotic symptoms too, such as hallucinations or delusions. The psychotic symptoms tend to reflect the person's extreme mood. For example, psychotic symptoms for a person having a manic episode may include believing he or she is famous, has a lot of money, or has special powers. In the same way, a person having a depressive episode may believe he or she is ruined and penniless, or has committed a crime. As a result, people with bipolar disorder who have psychotic symptoms are sometimes wrongly diagnosed as having schizophrenia, another severe mental illness that is linked with hallucinations and delusions.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

No Where

Hello, Words to remember to keep our Spirit strong!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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~ In life you will always have constant critics whose intent is to put your Spirit down. And when reason is tired of explaining itself--let the wind take their criticisms where they rightfully belong.....no where~

Dodinsky

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Poor Child

Hello, A Short story to help remind us of how rich we really are! A reminder I can truly appreciate, I hope you do too.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, How was the trip?

It was great, Dad

Did you see how poor people live?
the father asked

Oh yes, said the son
So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?
asked the father

The son answered:
I saw that we have one dog and they had four

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden
and they have a creek that has no end

We have imported lanterns in our garden and
they have the stars at night

Our patio reaches to the front yard and
they have the whole horizon

We have a small piece of land to live on and
they have fields that go beyond our sight

We buy our food, but they grow theirs

We have walls around our property to protect us,
they have friends to protect them

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added:

Thanks, Dad for showing me how poor we are!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Largest Source of Autism Research Data to Date

Hello, I hope your doing good today. I have an update link on my browser to NIMH that I often check for information and updates for this blog. I am always encouraged when I read news like this, because sharing critical information on these databases will help lead to better treatments and possible breakthroughs in understanding ASD. If you have been following my recent posts about ASD, or know someone with ASD, I think you will be encouraged by this colabration as well.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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NDAR Federation Creates Largest Source of Autism Research Data to Date

A data partnership between the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR), and the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) positions NDAR as possibly the largest repository to date of genetic, phenotypic, clinical, and medical imaging data related to research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

“The collaboration between AGRE and NDAR exemplifies the efforts of government and stakeholders to work together for a common cause,” said Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, part of NIH. “NDAR continues to be a leader in the effort to standardize and share ASD data with the research community, and serves as a model to all research communities.”
NDAR is supported by the National Institutes of Health; AGRE is an Autism Speaks program.
NDAR’s mission is to facilitate data sharing and scientific collaboration on a broad scale, providing a shared common platform for autism researchers to accelerate scientific discovery. Built around the concept of federated repositories, NDAR integrates and standardizes data, tools, and computational techniques across multiple public and private autism databases. Through NDAR, researchers can access results from these different sources at the same time, using the rich data set to conduct independent analyses, supplement their own research data, or evaluate the data supporting published journal articles, among many other uses.

Databases previously federated with NDAR include Autism Speaks’ Autism Tissue Program, the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Interactive Autism Network (IAN), and the NIH Pediatric MRI Data Repository. AGRE currently houses a clinical dataset with detailed medical, developmental, morphological, demographic, and behavioral information from people with ASD and their families.
Approved NDAR users will have access to data from the 25,000 research participants represented in NDAR, as well as 2,500 AGRE families and more than 7,500 participants who reported their own information to IAN.

NDAR is supported by NIMH, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the NIH Center for Information Technology.