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    Antiques, Astrology, painting, collectibles, music, (most genre'), My Poodles, Prince Baci, of Venice and Prince Remy, "That's Our Boy!", The Gulf of Mexico, sand and surf, swimming. Dining and dancing, theater. Widowed.
    My three grown children. TWO darling grandson's (Sam & Max!)
    Sam was born on New Years Day, 2004. Max was born Feb 21, 2009. In Bucks Co PA.
    I have adorable twin granddaughters, born Oct 3rd, 2008, near me in FL!
    Two darling older granddaughters , 15 & 19, (in FL), (a very YOUNG Grandmier, I might add.) DF member since 2001
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  1. Happy Birthday LGJ!!!

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      Have a fantastic Day!!

  2. Independence Day July 4th! The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. Bet You Didn't Know: Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? The Birth of Independence Day When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee—including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York—to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. Did You Know? John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th an of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence. Early Fourth of July Celebrations In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties—Federalists and Democratic-Republicans—that had arisen began holding separate Fourth of July celebrations in many large cities. Fourth of July Becomes a National Holiday The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism. Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.
  3. Schizoaffective Disorder Overview Treatment Support Discuss Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. Reading NAMI's content on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will offer many overlapping resources for schizoaffective disorder. Because schizoaffective disorder is less well-studied than the other two conditions, many interventions are borrowed from their treatment approaches. Many people with schizoaffective disorder are often incorrectly diagnosed at first with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia because it shares symptoms of multiple mental health conditions. Schizoaffective disorder is seen in about 0.3% of the population. Men and women experience schizoaffective disorder at the same rate, but men often develop the illness at an earlier age. Schizoaffective disorder can be managed effectively with medication and therapy. Co-occurring substance use disorders are a serious risk and require integrated treatment. Symptoms The symptoms of schizoaffective disorder can be severe and need to be monitored closely. Depending on the type of mood disorder diagnosed, depression or bipolar disorder, people will experience different symptoms: Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence. Disorganized thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated. Depressed mood. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder depressive type they will experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, feelings of worthlessness or other symptoms of depression. Manic behavior. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type they will experience feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior and other symptoms of mania. Causes The exact cause of schizoaffective disorder is unknown. A combination of causes may contribute to the development of schizoaffective disorder. Genetics. Schizoaffective disorder tends to run in families. This does not mean that if a relative has an illness, you will absolutely get it. But it does mean that there is a greater chance of you developing the illness. Brain chemistry and structure. Brain function and structure may be different in ways that science is only beginning to understand. Brain scans are helping to advance research in this area. Stress. Stressful events such as a death in the family, end of a marriage or loss of a job can trigger symptoms or an onset of the illness. Drug use. Psychoactive drugs such as LSD have been linked to the development of schizoaffective disorder. Diagnosis Schizoaffective disorder can be difficult to diagnose because it has symptoms of both schizophrenia and either depression or bipolar disorder. There are two major types of schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type and depressive type. To be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder a person must have the following symptoms. A period during which there is a major mood disorder, either depression or mania, that occurs at the same time that symptoms of schizophrenia are present. Delusions or hallucinations for two or more weeks in the absence of a major mood episode. Symptoms that meet criteria for a major mood episode are present for the majority of the total duration of the illness. The abuse of drugs or a medication are not responsible for the symptoms. Treatment Schizoaffective disorder is treated and managed in several ways: Medications, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or family-focused therapy Self-management strategies and education Related Conditions A person with schizoaffective disorder may have additional illnesses: Anxiety disorders Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) See Substance abuse - See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizoaffective-Disorder#sthash.D1aXkDIC.dpuf
  4. Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. Reading NAMI's content on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will offer many overlapping resources for schizoaffective disorder. Because schizoaffective disorder is less well-studied than the other two conditions, many interventions are borrowed from their treatment approaches. Many people with schizoaffective disorder are often incorrectly diagnosed at first with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia because it shares symptoms of multiple mental health conditions. Schizoaffective disorder is seen in about 0.3% of the population. Men and women experience schizoaffective disorder at the same rate, but men often develop the illness at an earlier age. Schizoaffective disorder can be managed effectively with medication and therapy. Co-occurring substance use disorders are a serious risk and require integrated treatment. Symptoms The symptoms of schizoaffective disorder can be severe and need to be monitored closely. Depending on the type of mood disorder diagnosed, depression or bipolar disorder, people will experience different symptoms: Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence. Disorganized thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated. Depressed mood. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder depressive type they will experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, feelings of worthlessness or other symptoms of depression. Manic behavior. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type they will experience feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior and other symptoms of mania. Causes The exact cause of schizoaffective disorder is unknown. A combination of causes may contribute to the development of schizoaffective disorder. Genetics. Schizoaffective disorder tends to run in families. This does not mean that if a relative has an illness, you will absolutely get it. But it does mean that there is a greater chance of you developing the illness. Brain chemistry and structure. Brain function and structure may be different in ways that science is only beginning to understand. Brain scans are helping to advance research in this area. Stress. Stressful events such as a death in the family, end of a marriage or loss of a job can trigger symptoms or an onset of the illness. Drug use. Psychoactive drugs such as LSD have been linked to the development of schizoaffective disorder. Diagnosis Schizoaffective disorder can be difficult to diagnose because it has symptoms of both schizophrenia and either depression or bipolar disorder. There are two major types of schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type and depressive type. To be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder a person must have the following symptoms. A period during which there is a major mood disorder, either depression or mania, that occurs at the same time that symptoms of schizophrenia are present. Delusions or hallucinations for two or more weeks in the absence of a major mood episode. Symptoms that meet criteria for a major mood episode are present for the majority of the total duration of the illness. The abuse of drugs or a medication are not responsible for the symptoms. Treatment Schizoaffective disorder is treated and managed in several ways: Medications, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or family-focused therapy Self-management strategies and education Treatment Schizoaffective disorder is treated and managed in several ways: Medications, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or family-focused therapy Self-management strategies and education Related Conditions A person with schizoaffective disorder may have additional illnesses: Anxiety disorders Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Substance abuse - See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizoaffective-Disorder#sthash.fmRMenHS.dpuf Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence. Disorganized thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated. Depressed mood. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder depressive type they will experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, feelings of worthlessness or other symptoms of depression. Manic behavior. If a person has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder: bipolar type they will experience feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior and other symptoms of mania. - See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizoaffective-Disorder#sthash.fmRMenHS.dpuf
  5. Father's Day in the United States Father's Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. Father's Day is a day for fathers and father-like figures. Public Life Father's Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules. Restaurants may be busier than usual, as some people take their fathers out for a treat. Background and symbols There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again. Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon. What Do People Do? Father's Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father's Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance. Father's Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the 'father' figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father's Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers. Public Life Father's Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules. Restaurants may be busier than usual, as some people take their fathers out for a treat. Background and symbols There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again. Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.
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  7. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. Early Observances of Memorial Day The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. Did You Know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. Decoration Day On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I. History of Memorial Day Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday. Memorial Day 2017 occurs on May 29; Memorial Day 2018 falls on May 28. Memorial Day Traditions Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
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    Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. Take action today to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Throughout May, every MH organization participants across the country are raising awareness for the importance of mental health. Each year they fight #stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Help DF spread the word, through the many awareness, support and advocacy activities below by showing you're #IntoMentalHealth. May is Mental Health Awareness Month National Mental Health Month raises awareness about #mentalillness and related issues in the United States. In recent times, attitudes towards #mentalhealth issues appear to be changing. Negative attitudes and #stigma associated with mental health have been reduced and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health issues and #support for people with them. Despite this shift in attitude, the idea of a mental health awareness campaign is not a recent one. In the late 1940's, the first @NationalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek was launched in the United States. What is @Stigma? #Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a #mentalhealth condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects: People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and #discrimination. This can make their journey to #recovery longer and more difficult. Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States. Why is it a Problem? Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health. Share Your Story 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 challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. Telling your story can take several forms: Prose/poetry Song lyrics Inspirational quotes Drawings Photos Videos DepressionForums.org offers safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: One Step At A Time and Breaking Stories. The Water Cooler. You have an authentic voice. You Are Not Alone. You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone. Let them know that they aren’t either. Get involved. Thank you to Nami.org and Whathealth.com for their contributions What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem? Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects: People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States. Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. - See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree#sthash.I3vqE99S.dpuf What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem? Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects: People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States. Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. - See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree#sthash.I3vqE99S.dpuf
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    UK Mum's Day It's one of those dates that changes each year and one that's easily forgotten without a gentle reminder. The origins of Mother’s Day date back as early as the ancient Greek times. The ancient Greeks dedicated an annual spring festival to maternal goddesses and ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria which was for a mother goddess called Cybele. The occasion is celebrated on different dates throughout the world but here in the UK it will fall on March 26 in 2017. In the UK Mother's Day is always the fourth Sunday of Lent, the 24-hours marks the maternal bond that exists between a mum and child - as well as other maternal figures such as grandmothers, mothers-in-law and stepmums. When is Mother's Day 2017? If you want to plan something special for your mum this year then you need to note it now - Mother's Day falls on Sunday, March 26. Just two days before the new £1 coin is released. There's almost definitely no correlation there however. Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration, which we Brits celebrate exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. It has now evolved into a day of appreciation for all the maternal women in our lives. Traditionally gifts such as flowers and chocolates are given as special thanks for all that mums do. What are the origins of Mother's Day? Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration that has now become a worldwide event where we show mums how much we appreciate them. More than 30% of Brits say their mum is the most inspirational person in their life. Mother's Day is traditionally a celebration to observe and celebrate mums, grandmothers and step-mums with flowers, breakfast in bed, gifts and cards. As previously mentioned, Mother's Day can find its origins back in the ancient Greek times but we celebrate it today in a way which the Americans started in the early 20th Century. More recent origins of Mothering Sunday date back to the 1600s in England when it was held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was originally a day for Christians to visit their 'mother church'.
  12. Thank you, KS! There is no room for these type of arguments or attacks on DF. Everyone has their opinions, but if it turns into attacking someone for them, then we stop them. ~Lindsay
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    March is Brain Injury Awareness Month National Brain Injury Awareness Month (March 2017) 03/2017 According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 2.5 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from nontraumatic causes. TBIs can affect the functionality of the brain—affecting thinking, reasoning, and memory. Whether the victim is an adult, a child, or an infant, TBIs can have a major impact on individuals and their families. To raise awareness of traumatic brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of America recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month every March. The NCTSN offers the following resources on traumatic brain injury for families, medical professionals, and military families. Page Contents: For Families For Medical Professionals For Military Families For Families BrainFacts.org Website provides information on the field of neuroscience’s “understanding of causes, symptoms, and outcomes of brain disorders . . . shares the excitement of scientific discovery and educates about the scientific process.” Additional sections are designed for educators, the media, and policymakers. Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Organization works “to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education, and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury.” A Physician Talks About Severe Brain Injury: The Basics (2007) (PDF) Booklet offers information that helps individuals who have brain injuries—and their families, caregivers, and friends—understand and deal with the effects and outcomes of a serious brain injury. Includes additional resources on the topic. Brothers and Sisters: Brain Injury Is a Family Affair (PDF) Article discusses common reactions siblings have toward a brother or sister who suffers a TBI. Offers suggestions to parents on how to help their other children deal with the effects of TBI including what to say, activities to share, literature to read, and support groups. The article was partly informed by interviews with families who have a TBI member. Challenges, Changes, and Choices: A Brain Injury Guide for Families and Caregivers Booklet provides information on the nature and consequences of brain injury. Features practical suggestions for families and caregivers on making decisions, helping family members, and enlisting the support of others. Also includes tips on how parents/caregivers can take care of themselves; and information on contacting recovery professionals, hospital stays, and rehabilitation. Includes links to other resources. The booklet may also be appropriate for individuals with mild brain injury. Brain Injury Guide & Resources Website offers information and resources for coping with and understanding TBI. Includes how the brain works; differences in TBI-related issues in children, older persons, and veterans; treatment options; and health care providers who offer services for persons with TBI. BrainLine.org Organization seeks to “provide a sense of community, a place where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support, and ideas.” Website features information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. CanChild Center for Childhood Disability Research Center for research and education (located at McMaster University in Canada) focuses on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion) Education Webpage on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) / concussion includes brochures providing guidelines for determining when to allow children with concussion to safely return to activity and to school. Offers links to other resources. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports >En Español: Atención: conmoción cerebral en el deporte juvenil Webpage and toolkit offer information on concussions—a type of traumatic brain injury—for coaches (including an online training course), parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. Topics include advice on preventing, recognizing, and responding to concussions. Webpage includes links to other resources on the topic. Traumatic Brain Injury Webpage describes TBI and gives statistics on those in the United States at highest risk for TBI. Provides information on diagnosis, management, and prevention of various types of traumatic brain injury. Children's Safety Network Center “for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence [offers] expertise on a wide range of injury topics.” Website includes resources for advocacy, materials development, training, technical assistance, needs assessment, and evaluation. Traumatic Brain Injuries Webpage provides definition and signs of TBI; tips for parents and teachers on helping children with TBI and where to find help (including free evaluations); and links to other resources. National Center on Shaken Baby The mission of the national center is “to educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent the shaking and abuse of infants in the USA.” Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of death in abusive head trauma. The website provides information for parents on how to deal with excessive crying in infants. Traumatic Brain Injury Website provides information for patients, family members, and caregivers on TBI. Topics include types and symptoms of brain injury, TBI treatment and recovery, and insights about the potential long-term effects of brain injury. Animation is used to help patients understand the brain and the results of injuries to different parts of the brain. Includes personal stories of TBI victims and a resource center. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UAB-TBIMS) Network serves as a resource to promote knowledge in research, health, and quality of life for people with traumatic brain injuries, their families, and TBI-related professionals. Includes educational materials and information on research activities of the UAB-TBIMS, other research resources, professional and consumer groups, and Spanish language information. Back to Top For Medical Professionals Brain Injury Guide & Resources Website offers information and resources for coping with and understanding TBI. Includes how the brain works; differences in TBI-related issues in children, older persons, and veterans; treatment options; and links to health care providers who offer services for persons with TBI. Offers CE credits for health professionals. Brain Trauma Foundation Organization works to improve “TBI patient outcomes worldwide by developing best practice guidelines, conducting clinical research, and educating medical professionals and consumers.” Website includes guidelines for management of TBI: prehospital, severe, surgical, acute medical, and field; and information on early indicators. CanChild Center for Childhood Disability Research Center for research and education (located at McMaster University in Canada) focuses on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion) Education Webpage on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) / concussion includes brochures providing guidelines for determining when to allow children with concussion to safely return to activity and to school. Offers links to other resources. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Center serves active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for health protection services. Website includes information for medical providers including TBI fact sheets, access to free online education (some of which enables CE credits), medical evacuation information, and other educational materials. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Centers improve the lives of US “service members, families and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.” Website includes “tips, resources and educational information for civilian health care professionals about TBI and PTSD and how to approach military patients.” MIRECC Centers, which were established by Congress, research causes and treatments of mental disorders, and use education to put new knowledge into routine clinical practice at the Veterans Administration. Back to Top For Military Families BrainLinemilitary.org Organization provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans, service members, and their families. Includes “brain injury symptoms and treatment, rehabilitation, and family issues associated with TBI care and recovery.” Provides “a sense of community, a place where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support, and ideas.” Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded, academic-based organizations dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership and methodologies. Understanding the Impact of TBI on Military Families and Children (PDF) Fact sheet discusses how TBI affects children and how to help children understand a parent’s injury. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Center serves active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for health protection services. Website includes educational materials, resources links, and the center’s locations. MIRECC Centers, which were established by Congress, research causes and treatments of mental disorders, and use education to put new knowledge into routine clinical practice at the Veterans Administration. PDHealth.mil Quick Facts: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (PDF) Fact sheet provides information on two of the types of trauma that military personnel are at risk for: TBI & PTSD. Includes common symptoms, healing and management, and treatment. Traumatic Brain Injury Website provides information on TBI for patients, family members, and caregivers. Topics include types and symptoms of brain injury, TBI treatment and recovery, and insights on the potential long-term effects of brain injury. Animation is used to help patients understand the brain and the results of injuries to different parts of the brain. Includes personal stories of TBI victims and a resource center.
  14. WE’RE all feeling down now the Christmas revels are over, with little to look forward to, a hammered bank account, a bulge around the waist, gloomy weather and a return to work after weeks of partying. These factors all come together in a perfect storm for a single day believed to be the most depressing of the year – ‘Blue Monday’. If you’ve already failed to keep your new year resolution, don’t be too hard on yourself What is Blue Monday? It is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level (specifically, the difference between debt and our ability to pay), the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. It was originally conceived by a PR company but has now become an annual event. When is Blue Monday? According to the formula (below) Blue Monday 2017 will fall on January 16. Bad luck if it’s your birthday. The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but can also on the second or fourth Monday, or even the Monday of the last week of January. The first one was January 24 in 2005.