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Lindsay last won the day on October 27 2017

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About Lindsay

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    Sarasota, Florida
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    Antiques, Astrology, painting, collectibles, music, (most genre'), My two gorgeous Poodles, The Gulf of Mexico, sand and surf, swimming. Dining and dancing, theater. I am Widowed.
    My three grown children. TWO darling grandson's (Sam & Max!)
    Sam was born on New Years Day! He is 13 & Max was born in Feb'09! in Bucks Co PA!
    I have adorable twin granddaughters, born Oct 3rd, 2008, in FL!
    Two darling older granddaughters , 18 & 21, (in FL), (I am a very YOUNG Grandmier, I might add.) A DF member since 2001 and an DF Owner since 2004~
    I Am and still and always Under Construction :coopwink:

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  1. Hello Members! This Q&A is for Depression Forums Q&A DF problems only. Not for Members personal relationship problems. I am moving this to the Relationships Forum. Thanks for understanding! ~Lindsay
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    My First post

    Welcome to the Depression Forums @jdangelo88! And Thank you to member @BeyondWeary I am so relieved you have found us. IMHO, and I am so sorry to say, I do not see how this relationship is going to survive w/o him going to alcoholics anonymous. I so feel for you as well, plus I am so happy he is not doing drugs, but I do not see a happy ending to this. It is AA or the highway darling. He will not stop. I need you to go and post in the Relationship Forum. Post about different things in your relationship, but keep it close your topic. There are soooo many members here that want to help you including me. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Hugs, ~Lindsay, Forum Admin, Founder DepressionForums.org
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    How Do You Feel Right Now #9

    I am so sorry that you feel this way, @iWantRope This IS a Support Forum. We are peer to peer and we support one another. There is no need for experts here. Depression Forums is more for members to use as a kind of "stepping stone" before going in "real time". to your "expert". To talk to their peers about medications, side effects, what's new?, therapy, different topics, like you are right now. It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health to one another and their challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. I wish you well- ~Lindsay
  4. I just tried to donate, but my Paypal won't work (it was hacked a while back and I've not been able to get it working again).

    Is there any other payment option?

    Thx for all you do.

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    Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that is celebrated in the United States, as well as other countries with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors African culture in not only the African-American community but also in the World African community. This holiday is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. History of Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is a holiday tradition that is based on the “first harvest” celebrations in Africa. In recorded history, these first harvest celebrations can be traced all the way back to Nubia and Egypt and can be found in cultures all over Africa. While many of these first-fruit celebrations may differ from one society to another, they all had a few principles in common. These principles include people gathering together to celebrate, acknowledging the creator and thanking him for his blessings. a commemoration of the past, a re-commitment to African cultural thought and a time to celebrate community. Rooted in these principles, especially those of the Ashanti and the Zulu, Kwanzaa arose from the Black Freedom Movement in 1966 in the United States. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga – a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, USA. He created it after the Watts riots as a way to bring African-Americans together as a community. He gave it the name Kwanzaa -a word that is taken from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” and is Swahili for “first-fruits.” Kwanzaa was originally envisioned by Dr. Maulana Karenga as an oppositional alternative to Christmas. However, in later years he changed his position as to not alienate African-American Christians and later stated that Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religious holidays. From 1966 through the end of the 20th century, the idea and practice of Kwanzaa began to slowly increase in popularity across the United States. Then its popularity began to increase dramatically after the start of the 21st century as the idea and practices of this holiday began to not only spread through conventional media but also through the Internet. In 2004, a study showed that a little less than 5 million African-Americans planned to celebrate the holiday that year. However, two years later, another study showed that almost 28 million African-Americans had planned on celebrating the holiday in 2006. In 2009, the popularity of Kwanzaa was further bolstered by the release of the documentary film about Kwanzaa called the “Black Candle,” a film narrated by Maya Angelou and directed by M. K. Asante. Since then, Kwanzaa has not only spread all across North American but also parts of Europe and Africa as well. Kwanzaa Customs & Celebrations Kwanzaa celebrations vary from family to family. Some families stick with strictly Kwanzaa related practices, while other families mix elements of Kwanzaa into their Christmas celebrations. However, most Kwanzaa celebrations are based on Nguzo Saba – or the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The Seven Principles: Umoja (Unity): Striving for and maintaining unity in the family and the community. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): Defining oneself and speaking for oneself Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): Building and maintaining a community and making our brother’s and sister’s problems our own and solve them together Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): Building and maintaining our businesses for ourselves and each other Nia (Purpose): To build and develop our collective communities together Kuumba (Creativity): To do whatever we can to leave our communities more beautiful than when we inherited them Imani (Faith): To believe with our hearts in our people, our families and the righteousness of our struggle The Seven Symbols: Kwanzaa celebrations usually include a special mat called a Mkeka in which all of the other symbols are placed. On this mate are placed a candle holder called a Kinara, seven candles which are collectively called Mishumaa Saba, mazao (fruits, nuts and vegetables), a unity cup called Kikombe cha Umoja, an ear of corn called Vibunzi and Zawadi or gifts. Mkeka The place mat, or Mkeka, is traditionally made from either straw or cloth. It symbolizes African history, tradition and culture. All of the other six elements are placed on the Mkeka. Mazao Fruits, nuts and vegetables are laid out to represent the historical foundation for this holiday – the gathering of people after a harvest. It represents bounty, joy, sharing and allows people to give thanks for their gifts. Kinara The Kinara, or candle holder, can be made of any material but is usually handcrafted from wood or other natural materials. This candle holder represents the ancestors and the mishumaa saba are placed in them to represent the principles of Kwanzaa – which rise from the ancestors. The Mishumaa Saba Mishumaa saba features seven candles. Three of them are red, three of them are green and one of them is black. The three red candles represent the principles of Ujamaa, Kuumba and Kujichagulia, and they are placed to the left of the green candles. The three green candles represent the principles of Ujima, Imani and Nia. The black candle symbolizes Umoja and is lit on December 26th. Kikombe Cha Umoja Kikombe cha umoja is a unity cup that is traditionally used to perform the ceremonious libation ritual, otherwise known as tambiko. This ritual is performed on the 6th day of Kwanzaa. In some African societies, the libation is poured for the living dead whose souls stay connected with the earth until it is tilled. During the Feast of Karamu, this unity cup is passed to family members and guests–all of whom drink from it to promote unity with one another. The next thing that happens is the eldest person pours a libation for the four winds (north, south, east and west). This last portion of the libation is reserved for the ancestors. Vibunzi & Mihindi Vibunzi is an ear of corn that is used to represent fertility. Vibunzi refers to one ear of corn. If more than one is present, then they are referred to as Mihindi. An ear is present for each child in the family. This is to show the importance of children to society and how they are the seed bearers of the culture into this future. Zawadi On the seventh day, gifts are exchanged with immediate family to reward accomplishments and commitments and is also exchanged with guests. It is recommended that these gifts are handmade to promote self-determination and to avoid the commercialism of the Christmas season. Accepting a gift makes the receiver an important part of the family and promotes the principle of Umoja – otherwise known as unity.
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    Ten Years Later

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    Ten Years Later

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    Ten Years Later

    Ohh M GEEE! Where was I moonlightress, ten years ago? Mostly working behind the "scenes" I suppose? I must look me up, (ten years younger!!!). My birthday is in two days, I so wish I could turn back the clock just for me. Please, keep posting. I simply adore it and YOU! You do know we have super A____Mazing Blogs here at DF, right? I could listen to your words for___evvverrr. Depressionforums.org really needs more MH advocates like you darling. The Stigma is real! So nice to have met you. ~Lindsay
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    Welcome to my diary

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    A Friend Needs Help

    Hi there psycholuigiman! You are a wonderful friend! There are so many articles dealing with what your friend is going thru right now , there are many organizations he should belong to that would help him become more socialized, IMO. Social Interaction Traits of ASD Very little or no eye contact. Resistance to being held or touched. Tends to get too close when speaking to someone (lack of personal space). Responds to social interactions, but does not initiate them. Does not generally share observations or experiences with others. Difficulty understanding jokes, figures of speech or sarcasm. Difficulty reading facial expressions and body language. Difficulty understanding the rules of conversation. Difficulty understanding group interactions. Aversion to answering questions about themselves. Gives spontaneous comments which seem to have no connection to the current conversation. Makes honest, but inappropriate observations. Seems unable to understand another’s feelings. Prefers to be alone, aloft or overly-friendly. Difficulty maintaining friendships. Finds it easier to socialize with people that are older or younger, rather than peers of their own age. Unaware of/disinterested in what is going on around them. Talks excessively about one or two topics (dinosaurs, movies, etc.). Overly trusting or unable to read the motives behinds peoples’ actions. Minimal acknowledgement of others. Alpine Adult Services Erin Richard White, Ph.D., BCBA-D Director of Adult & Transition Services Phone: 201-612-7800 | Email https://autismcitizen.org/ http://www.autism-help.org/adults-aspergers-stress.htm https://danmarinofoundation.org/ https://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour.aspx What Does Autism Look Like in Adults? You’ve always felt different, but didn’t know why. An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can help shine a light on why certain things have always been difficult, while others came easily. If you think you might have ASD, watch this video. BY JANICE RODDEN, ADDITUDE EDITORS Share Article Menu Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is typically a lifelong condition. More severe forms of ASD are often diagnosed in the first two years of a child’s life, but less severe forms may slip by undiagnosed into adulthood. Even late in life, a diagnosis can offer major benefits and relief. If you think you might have ASD, watch this video. Video What Does Autism Look Like in Adults? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not solely a childhood diagnosis. ASD affects adults in three main areas: Social interactions Verbal and nonverbal communication Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors Symptoms occur on a spectrum of severity. Some adults are high functioning while others face formidable daily challenges. No two people with ASD are the same. Common symptoms in adults include: Difficulty understanding others’ feelings Trouble keeping up with conversations Inflection that does not reflect feelings Strict consistency to daily routines or activities Deep knowledge of one particular topic Trouble interpreting body language, facial expressions, or social cues If you think you might show signs of ASD, answer these self-test questions. Have you always wanted a best friend, but never found one? Do people often refer to you as “quirky” or “eccentric?” When having a conversation, do you avoid making eye contact? Are expressions like, “Curiosity killed the cat” confusing to you? Is your memory like a steel trap, even for facts that you don’t fully understand? Do you follow the same routine every day, and dislike unexpected events? Do you talk to friends at a party the same way you would talk to co-workers in the office? Are you always bumping into things, or tripping over your own feet? When you’re in a quiet place, do you make involuntary noises, like clearing your throat, over and over? Are you really good at math or music, but struggle in other areas? If you agreed with a majority of these statements, you may have some characteristics that resemble ASD. Take your results to a healthcare professional and request an evaluation. This self-test video is not intended to diagnose or replace the care of a healthcare professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through a clinical evaluation. For personal use only. Be well, - Forum Admin Depressionforums.org
  13. Hello chumly, You are so very kind. Thank you so much! There are donation buttons throughout the website that can take you through the process which is quite simple, (I hope) . Click on these or click on the link I gave you above! Best wishes always- ~Lindsay
  14. Dearest Floor, You have gone through so much. You are the special one. Please take care of yourself, as it is people like yourself that is needed in this world of ours. Bless you, ~Lindsay
  15. Hi sober, Thank you so much. My family, at least the Florida part of it seems out of control for the past year and a half. I 'see' you around the forums, but I had no idea that you were schizoaffective at all. You have gone through quite an ordeal as 20 years ago, "they" did not know as much as "they" know now and "they" still do not know much! It is so frustrating. Yes you have come a long way and the good news is that you feel better !!! I am so happy for you! I pray that we can find something for Sydni so that she too can begin to feel again...better that is. Thank you Sober. ~Lindsay