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    Actually we have been on the web for many years, since 2001 and continues since 2004 until the present. Which does not seem to matter, as we are still up to date, peer to peer and have the latest news updated on Twitter. I that helps. You can always use Google. Wish you the Best- ~Lindsay
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    “Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche.” ― Joe Peterson
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    Operation Delta Dog

    Two big problems, one great solution. About Operation Delta Dog An epidemic of veteran suicides Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives in the United States...almost one per hour. These veterans serve their country and then come home to face the even greater challenges of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) that can leave them debilitated, sleepless, and unable to cope. Massachusetts is home to about 400,000 veterans. If Veteran's Administration estimates are correct, that means that about 20 percent of those, or 80,000, of our friends and neighbors are suffering with these invisible disabilities right now. Overflowing animal shelters Each year, more than 50,000 dogs wind up homeless in Massachusetts. Many of these animals are sweet-tempered and trainable, but there’s just nowhere for them go. The sad result? Nearly half of all shelter animals are euthanized. Operation Delta Dog was founded in 2013 as a way to tackle both of these problems at the same time. Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, we rescue homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with TBI and PTSD. Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with TBI and PTSD. Trained dogs, however, are in short supply. Very few service dog organizations focus solely on veterans, and even fewer utilize rescued dogs in their programs. Operation Delta Dog wants to improve those odds. Our trainers find the very best canine candidates, pluck them from shelters, and train them for a new life filled with purpose and affection. Local veterans can participate in training without leaving their jobs or families and find relief from the debilitating symptoms of TBI, PTSD, and other challenges. The dogs get the homes they need, and the veterans get the help they deserve!
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    “Silence is the source of healing. When we bring things from within ourselves out into the light of awareness, a healing process happens. In the silence, we can let go of all anger, sadness, fear, loneliness and frustration.” ― Swami Dhyan Giten
  5. How can I stop my depression, anxiety or OCD? Answer by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, Executive Director, Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health There is no one strategy for depression, anxiety and OCD. But there are many ways in each to get healthier. Depending on the severity of symptoms, it is always a good idea to check in with a primary care physician. There are physical conditions, like thyroid disease, which can cause emotional symptoms. It is also recommended that one consult with a mental health professional before trying things on one's own, to make sure that the symptoms at the level where the following suggestions might be most effective. In cases of severe depression, anxiety and OCD, a trial of medication is usually needed before one can effectively use mind/body strategies such as Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, plus Exercise, Workout, and Fitness.
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    New member

    Hello @Griller95, Welcome to Depression Forums! We have an entire section dedicated to medications as @Rattler6 said as well as anxiety and Depression sections. A plethora of areas to choose from. Again welcome and enjoy your stay! Sincerely, ~Lindsay
  7. Welcome to Depression Forums, @Patrscoe, My first words of advice to you and your wife is that if you can afford it and you have good insurance, please, please take your daughter to the very best mental health private facility or hospital or whatever you can find to stay so they can properly diagnose her completely. She needs the very best therapy and medical treatment and it will take some time. It is worth the time. She will have a much better, healthier chance of recovery and a so much brighter future ahead! I would say though that she might be on some type of medication and some therapy, (outpatient of course), for most of her life. But so many children do grow up to lead really good, productive, really wonderful adult lives with proper care if diagnosed early! I am telling you this as I am going through something with my daughter and granddaughter. Only my granddaughter is now well over 18. Her Mental Health problems started right when she had just turned 17. Maybe even before. If her parents had better Ins., had taken her to a good inpatient facility from the start, perhaps she might have been better by now. But she is not. Of course she is older, and no longer considered a child, but an adult and I have seen what she has gone through and is still going through. At this stage, with the lack of care and lack of good Mental Health coverage in FL for someone my granddaughters age, I seem to have so little hope for her. My heart breaks. I am still hoping that we will find somewhere that will be affordable for her and be able to take her in so she will finally receive the help that she needs. Please make the right choices. I wish you all the best with your little girl. ~Lindsay, Forum Administrator, Founder
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    Happy New Year!

    Dear Members & Guests Wishing you all a Happy New Year with hope that You will have many blessings in the year to come. May the New Year be a memorable one. Happy New Year 2019. Don’t worry when others are unable to understand you. Worry only when you are not able to understand yourself. May you have a very Happy New Year 2019.
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    Veterans Day

    Veterans Day U.S. World War I veteran Joseph Ambroseattends the dedication parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. Also called Armistice Day Observed by United States Type National Celebrations The Veterans Day parade Date November 11 Next time 11 November 2019 Frequency annual Related to Remembrance Day Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.[1] It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. History On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans: The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made November 11 in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."[3] Veterans Day parade in Baltimore, Maryland, 2016 In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."[4] U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. It had been eight and a half years since Weeks held his first Armistice Day celebration for all veterans.[5] Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[6][7] The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954. Congressman Rees of Kansas received the first National Veterans Award in Birmingham, Alabama, for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday.[citation needed] Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October (October 25, 1971; October 23, 1972; October 22, 1973; October 28, 1974; October 27, 1975; October 25, 1976, and October 24, 1977). In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.[citation needed] Observance Poster for Veterans Day 2018, the 100th anniversary of the endof World War I Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school. When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday. When it falls on weekend many private companies offer it as a floating holiday where employee can choose some other day. A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.[8] Non-essential federal government offices are closed. No mail is delivered. All federal workers are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to their wages. In his Armistice Day address to Congress, Wilson was sensitive to the psychological toll of the lean War years: "Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness," he remarked.[9] As Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are only one day apart, that branch of the Armed Forces customarily observes both occasions as a 96-hour liberty period. Election Day is a regular working day, while Veterans Day, which typically falls the following week, is a federal holiday. The National Commission on Federal Election Reform called for the holidays to be merged, so citizens can have a day off to vote. They state this as a way to honor voting by exercising democratic rights.[10]
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    Christmas Day Festivity Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Wikipedia Date: December 25, 2018 Significance: Commemoration of the Nativity of Jesus Celebrations: Gift-giving, family and other social gatherings, symbolic decoration, feasting etc Also called: Noël, Nativity, Xmas, Yule Observances: Church services Observed by: Christians, many non-Christians Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, each year. For many, it’s a day of merriment and giving of thanks, marked by gatherings with friends and family, shared meals and the exchange of gifts. Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Date: December 25, 2018 Significance: Commemoration of the Nativity of Jesus Celebrations: Gift-giving, family and other social gatherings, symbolic decoration, feasting etc Also called: Noël, Nativity, Xmas, Yule Observances: Church services Observed by: Christians, many non-Christians Christmas Facts Christmas Day is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world, usually on December 25th. It is also a popular holiday celebrated by non-Christians. Christmas Day is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth is unknown it is estimated to have been between 7 and 2 B.C. The date of December 25th was chosen in the 4th century. The popular customs of celebrating Christmas include gift-giving, sending holiday cards, Christmas trees and lights, caroling, a feast and church celebrations. Interesting Christmas Facts: The word Christmas originates from the words Christ's Mass. In old English (first recorded in 1038) it was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which literally means 'Christian Mass'. A common figure known throughout the world and associated with Christmas is Santa Claus. Other popular Christmas figures include Christkind, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas. Anglo-Saxons referred to the holiday as 'midwinter' or 'nativity'. The word Noel entered the English language in the late 1300s. It originated from the Latin word 'natalis' which means 'day of birth'. Christmas decorations that are popular today include Christmas trees, Christmas lights, wreaths, garland, holly, mistletoe, and nativity scenes. Christmas lights were invented in 1882 by Edward Johnson. The first evidence of a Christmas tree is from a pamphlet that dates back to 1570. In order for Santa to visit all the homes on Christmas Eve he would have to visit 822 homes each second. The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch custom. They would leave shoes full of food for St. Nicolas' donkeys and St. Nicholas would then leave small gifts in return. 12th century nuns left socks full of nuts, fruit and tangerines at the doors of the poor. This is where the tradition of putting tangerines in stockings came from. The three wise men who visited Mary and Joseph when Jesus was born brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts. Some believe that Jesus was born in a cave and not a stable. The tradition of Christmas caroling began as an old English custom. It was originally called wassailing and was a toast to long life. St. Francis of Assisi began the custom of singing Christmas carols in church in the 13th century. There are approximately 60 million trees grown in Europe each year. The letter X in Xmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ. In 1950 the world's largest Christmas tree was placed in a Washington Mall. It was 221 feet high. Jingle Bells was originally written by James Pierpont in 1857, for Thanksgiving not Christmas. It was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh. The traditional Christmas meal in England before turkey was mustard and a pig's head. The world's biggest snowman was 113 feet tall and was built in Maine. The Christmas wreath is symbolic of Jesus. The red berries symbolize his blood and the holly represents the crown of thorns. In Germany they call Santa Kriss Kringle; in Italy they call him Le Befana; in France they call him Pere Noel. The best-selling Christmas song ever is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world. Christmas is one of the most profitable times of year for many businesses. A Christmas Story
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    Happy Hanukkah

    Hanukkah From candle-lighting to Maccabees and latkes to dreidels. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Date: Dec 2, 2018 – Dec 10, 2018 Also called: Festival of Lights, Festival of Dedication Observed by: Jewish people Wikipedia Historical Origins of Hanukkah Beginning in 167 BCE, the Jews of Judea rose up in revolt against the oppression of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes of the Seleucid Empire. The military leader of the first phase of the revolt was Judah the Maccabee, the eldest son of the priest Mattityahu (Mattathias). In the autumn of 164, Judah and his followers were able to capture the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine. They cleansed it and rededicated it to Israel’s God. This event was observed in an eight-day celebration, which was patterned on Sukkot, the autumn festival of huts. Much later rabbinic tradition ascribes the length of the festival to a miraculous small amount of oil that burned for eight days. How to Celebrate Hanukkah at Home Much of the activity of Hanukkah takes place at home. Central to the holiday is the lighting of the hanukkiah or menorah, an eight-branched candelabrum to which one candle is added on each night of the holiday until it is ablaze with light on the eighth night. In commemoration of the legendary cruse of oil, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil. The most familiar Hanukkah foods are the European (Ashkenazi) potato pancakes, or latkes, and the Israeli favorite, jelly donuts, or sufganiyot. The tradition developed in Europe to give small amounts of money as well as nuts and raisins to children at this time. Under the influence of Christmas, which takes place around the same time of year, Hanukkah has evolved into the central gift-giving holiday in the Jewish calendar in the Western world. Celebrating Hanukkah in the Community Since Hanukkah is not biblically ordained, the liturgy for the holiday is not well developed. It is actually a quite minor festival. However, it has become one of the most beloved of Jewish holidays. In an act of defiance against those in the past and in the present who would root out Jewish practice, the observance of Hanukkah has assumed a visible community aspect. Jews will often gather for communal celebrations and public candle lighting. At such celebrations, Hanukkah songs are sung and traditional games such as dreidel are played. Hanukkah’s Theology and Themes Like Passover, Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates the liberation from oppression. It also provides a strong argument in favor of freedom of worship and religion. In spite of the human action that is commemorated, never far from the surface is the theology that the liberation was possible only thanks to the miraculous support of the Divine.
  13. Hello Folks! People who have been prescribed prednisone may have experienced one of this medication's most troublesome and talked-about side effects: mood swings. These changes can be so problematic that someone on prednisone who's ever been diagnosed with clinical depression or another psychiatric disorder may need to be working with a psychiatrist while on the drug. Regardless of mental health history, if a doctor wants to prescribe prednisone, it may help to have an understanding of how it may affect mood. Prednisone and Mood Swings This medication is a corticosteroid that's prescribed for an array of conditions because it works to relieve inflammation in the body. Some of the conditions that prednisone is used to treat include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), some autoimmune diseases, asthma, and other allergic disorders. It's an effective drug, and it's inexpensive, which means that it's prescribed a lot for many conditions. A 2001 study found that an estimated 10 million prescriptions for prednisone are written every year. A person may need to take prednisone for only a short amount of time (often called a "short course") or it may be prescribed for an extended period. In either case, it can have effects on mood which have been described as everything from euphoria to anxiety, anger, and depression. These feelings can pinball back and forth in quick succession and seem to come about for no reason and without provocation. In other words, a person receiving prednisone may find themselves feeling incredibly sad or mad and have absolutely no idea why. Besides these rapid changes in mood, prednisone has been associated with more serious problems such as psychotic disorders, delusions, and dementia. When there's a concern that the changes have gone beyond a mood or a feeling and have become a concern that limits life activities or seems dangerous in any way, the problem should be reported to a doctor right away. Changes in mood caused by prednisone usually go away once a person stops taking the drug. However, discontinuing prednisone must be done gradually and according to the schedule that is prescribed by a physician. The adrenal glands make cortisol, a substance similar to prednisone and, they need to be given the opportunity to take over production again. If not, there can be side effects such as fatigue or there can be complications. It's also often necessary to taper off prednisone slowly because a change in treatment might be necessary. Getting Off the Emotional Seesaw Not everybody has mood changes while taking prednisone, and most of the time the effects are considered "mild" (though it might not feel that way at the time). Knowing that mood swings are a possibility and that they can be variable is the first step in coping with them. The second step is learning how to recognize when they happen and understanding that they're not necessarily connected to an event. Here are some tips for coping: Talk to a doctor about the potential for mood swings, and find out what to do if there are changes in behavior that are extreme or that interfere with daily activities (such as work, school, and social events). Tell family members and friends about prednisone and that a common side effect is something that can appear to be irrationality or rapid changes in mood. This may help in instilling understanding and empathy if any mood swings do occur. Be prepared and get into the habit of using stress relief tools (meditation, mindfulness, calming rituals) to be one step ahead of the game if they're needed. Do a regular check up on current emotional state. Are there moods that feelings that are outsized compared to what's actually happening? If it's not clear, check in with a trusted friend or loved one for perspective. A course of prednisone can be challenging when it comes with side effects. The physical side effects can be extreme but the #mental ones are less often discussed and can be damaging to relationships. Understanding that mood swings are caused by the medication and explaining what's happening to friends, family, and coworkers can help in getting through a course of prednisone without too much emotional damage. I hope this helps! ~Lindsay, Forum Super Administrator, Founder Article Sources © Brown ES, Chandler PA. "Mood and Cognitive Changes During Systemic Corticosteroid Therapy." Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2001;3:17-21. Kenna HA, Poon AW, de los Angeles CP, Koran LM. "Psychiatric complications of treatment with corticosteroids: review with case report." Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2011 Oct;65:549-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2011.02260.x Mrakotsky CM, Silverman LB, Dahlberg SE, et al. "Neurobehavioral Side Effects of Corticosteroids During Active Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children Are Age-Dependent: Report from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium Protocol 00-01." Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Sep;57:492-498. doi: 10.1002/pbc.23060
  14. Welcome Labionda, Thank you for joining our community and sharing your story. After five posts you can start a blog and please excuse the "dust" right now as our fab developer is redoing our website. Please don't hesitate to ask questions to any of us, we are here for you. ~Lindsay, Forum Admin
  15. Hi Sage, My step daughter was prescribed Effexor and even though she was overweight, she actually lost some weight while taking Effexor and it worked beautifully on her depression and anxiety. YMMV, like with all meds it does not work right away, maybe 4-6 weeks and there may be some side effects which should not last long but does not hurt you! And as Tim said everyone is different, but I feel all in all it is a good med to take with no worries. We all are here to support you. Your Dr. should be the one to give you your medical advice though. Take very good care of YOU! ~Lindsay