The Impact of Misconceptions and Stigmas on People with Mental Illnesses


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Despite of what some argue, there is clear-cut evidence that mental illnesses are diseases, no different from any other medical condition.  unfortunately the misconceptions and stigmas placed on those suffering with mental health problems, often prevent them from seeking treatment.  People are not only suffering from the syScreen Shot 2016-07-23 at 4.58.39 AMmptoms of a disorder or disease, but from societies lack of willingness to accept that mental illness is a disease as well, leaving may individuals to suffer in silence.  The stigma society places on this subject in turn, is preventing those suffering from reachin
g out to receive proper treatment, which could potentially be crucial in some cases where symptoms and conditions tend to worsen.  People with life threatening diseases such as heart disease and cancer are willing adn regularly seek treatment from doctors.  They are admitted into hospitals, and treated most often with respect and they receive adequate care.  I’ve…

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BPD & Parenting


This is so informative, thank you.

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Although there is no concrete evidence indicative of the exact cause of borderline personality disorder, various theories have been supported.  Most theories are related to childhood and parenting, but overall the available evidence points to no one definitive cause of BPD. Instead, a combination of genetic, developmental, neurobiological and social factors, evidently contribute to the development of BPD.


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Family studies suggest that first-degree relatives of borderlines are several times more likely to show signs of a personality disorder, especially BPD, than the general public.  It is unlikely that one gene contributes to BPD; instead, like most medical disorders, many chromosomaloci are activated or subdued, probably influenced by environmental factors, in the development of BPD.  The latest research strongly suggests that BPD may be at least partly inherited, parent and child may both experience dysfunction in cognitive and/or emotional connection.(Kreisman, 2010).


Developmental Roots; The Parent-Child Relationship

Developmental theories focus on the…

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A Shocking NBC News Report Says That Someday We Will Be Microchipping All Of Our Children


Tech experts say that it’s not a matter of if but when everyone will be microchipped. What will you do if it becomes mandatory?

Source: A Shocking NBC News Report Says That Someday We Will Be Microchipping All Of Our Children

Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: Light Reading Material


Craig Roberts

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My first book review since English literature lessons at school is hereby presented before you.  Fortunately, from my perspective at least, any red pen marks will remain purely implied rather than indelibly scrolled across my scribblings.  Feedback may praise or cast folly over my work but at least this time my words may ultimately help families in their quests rather than just place me on a comparative ladder against my peers.  Freedom from the reigns of education, and guidance of a rather wonderful teacher who went by the name of Mrs Mallett, I am spared from the anguish of repetitively sifting back and forth through the pages to source the perfect quote that highlights my observations.  Hence a review these days is a little faster to write, and not merely because I now have the luxury of penning thoughts via the keyboard instead of biro.

Autism, without warning or invitation…

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Wanting It Both Ways


Mom, am I disabled?

On the afternoon of July 14, 2015, Paul Gordo knocked a woman to the ground outside of the Marina, CA public library. The woman, age 58, suffers from Huntington’s disease and walks with a cane. She sustained a concussion that left her unresponsive for several minutes. Worse, the fall permanently exacerbated the symptoms of her disease. Paul Gordo was charged with felony assault.

The case made news because Paul Gordo, age 18 at the time, is autistic and significantly impaired. Many months earlier his school district had determined that he needed to be educated in a “home” placement, wherein a teacher from the district meets with the student in a location other than a district facility, because he could not function in the school setting. A new teacher contacted Paul’s parents and asked to schedule a two-hour class session at the public library. According to Mr. Gordo, the teacher insisted on…

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She’s Mine, My Daughter with Autism


I sincerely love this post and wish you well this Mother’s Day. I have some understanding of your life experiences as, in some respects, this mirrors my own in helping my wife look after our 48 year old daughter for some 30 years of her life. It was a very steep learning curve for myself, but I love her as if I was her biological father, she is a real pleasure to look after and I am really lucky to have this opportunity in life.

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So I have this little girl, she’s mine. She’s wacky and wild. She’s vivacious and bold. She lives it up. She’s absolutely beautiful and when she speaks it’s the cutest thing I may have ever heard (aside from my other children speaking when they were little). She’s perfection in so many ways, a true miracle and part of an amazing story that is yet to be written.

She’s all these wonderful things and she is the most terrifying and challenging thing I have ever dealt with.

She came from the womb of a very young woman who came extremely close to ending her life through abortion. She was fed drugs and alcohol as she grew in this woman’s belly. And she was given to my husband and his late wife upon her birth. She was born with autism and a miraculous little brain that does not process things the way…

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A working parent’s guide to making the most of your time


Original post from Quartz

…………..By Laura Vanderkam

Put small scraps of time to good use. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Put small scraps of time to good use. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Much of the literature aimed at working parents assumes that it’s impossible to have it all. Yet look around at the people you know, and you’ll see plenty of people who are managing to build careers and raise happy families at the same time. What’s their secret?

 To find out, I studied time logs from 1,001 days in the lives of women balancing big careers with raising kids. I wrote about their strategies in my book, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. So if you’d like to make more of your time in 2016, here are some ideas that can help.
Try tracking your time
If you want to use your time better, you need to know how you’re spending it now. You can use a time tracking app or a spreadsheet—whatever works–but try to keep going for a week.
The point of this exercise is not to see how much time you’re wasting, but to make sure you’re not telling yourself stories that are untrue.
 For example: “I work full-time, so I never see my family.” There are 168 hours in a week. If you work 45 hours a week and sleep 56 hours per week (8 hours a night), that would leave 67 hours for other things. If you make time for your family during those 67 hours, maybe you can ditch the guilt.
The fun stuff comes first

Certain activities, such as housework and tending to email, tend to expand to fill all the available time you’ve got. It’s futile to wait until you’ve finished responding to every message in your inbox, or until the house is sparkling from top to bottom, to do the fun stuff. At that rate, you’ll never get a chance to relax with a novel or take your kids to the movies.

 Instead, take a few minutes on Friday afternoons and think through your top two to three priorities for the next week in the categories of career, relationships, and self. Using a three-category priority list reminds us that there should be goals in all three categories. Look at the whole of the next week—the next 168 hours—and see where you can fit in pleasurable but often-delayed activities.
Ask for forgiveness, not permission

The vast majority of women I studied for I Know How She Does It had flexibility in their schedules—even in industries such as finance that no one perceives as flexible.

That’s because many of the women had just decided to work the way they wanted to work, and see what happened. There are lots of reasons a person might come in a little later to work some days. Maybe there was traffic. Maybe she was attending a breakfast at her child’s school. Who knows? If you can still get your work done, maybe you don’t have to make a big deal about the exact details of your schedule—which gives you more room to hit the gym before work or leave a little early to pick up your child from soccer practice.
Think 168 hours, not 24

A lot of the harsh work/life trade-offs that people perceive are the result of what I call the “24-hour trap.” Maybe you believe you can’t take your team out for drinks because “working parents can’t do happy hours.” You’d feel guilty being away from your kids.

But your team probably doesn’t want to hit the bar with you seven nights a week! If you spend one night with your team, you’re home six nights. Six far outweighs just one.
 The 24-hour trap mindset pits work against family. Look at 168 hours in a week, however, and you can be the kind of boss who nurtures her employees and the kind of parent who’s home reading bedtime stories (almost) every night.
Make the most of small scraps of time

Many of the women I studied in I Know How She Does It were masters of putting small moments of free time to good use.

The easiest thing to do while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or up early on a Saturday morning is pull out your phone and check email, but that’s not the only option.
One woman got her kids ready for school 10 minutes early, and then used that small block of time to play with them. Others seized upon small moments of free time to read ebooks, call relatives, or squeeze in some crafting time.
When you’re a working parent, leisure doesn’t always present itself in four-hour chunks tailor-made for a trip to the spa. But that doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent. Happy people know that small moments can have great power—if we choose to make the most of them.
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