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“One Step Forward – Twelve Steps Back”

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This February 25,2013 article discusses concerns about twelve step programs often ignoring mental health issues.

 

“Mental-health groups see new openings for funding”

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This February 25, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the effect that the mass shooting in Newtown has had on mental health funding

 

“No-shows cost health care system billions”

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This February 24, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the high cost that providers and their patients who show up for appointments end up paying as a result of people scheduling appointments and then not showing up for them.

 

“Pet Tales: Dogs help autistic children”

English: Suzi Q, a certified service dog, work...

English: Suzi Q, a certified service dog, working in snow in Finland. She wears a colorful vest and an insulating underjacket with reflective markers, useful in winter when it’s dark up to 22 hours a day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 23, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about Service Dogs trained to aid kids with Autism.

“Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.”

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This video is undated but is found on the Upworthy website, and talks about the effect bullying has on people, and what can happen over time as a result of the bullying … long-term effects as seen from the perspective of the person who is the target of the bullying.

“Stigma and Violence: Isn’t It Time to Connect the Dots?”

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This bulletin published on June 7, 2011 by E. Fuller Torey on the Mental Illness Policy Org. website talks about stigma as it pertains to mentally ill and includes information about the cause of stigma and some of the results of stigma.

“The Importance of Emotional Regulation in PTSD Recovery”

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U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Sports Program – Team Roping – 10 May 2008 – Las Cruces – New Mexico – FMWRC (Photo credit: familymwr)

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This February 20, 2013 post on the Healthy Place website talks about emotional regulation and PTSD, it offers some ideas on how to gain control over this problem.

“‘Inexplicably Happy’ Column: Mental health”

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 18, 2013 article on the LehighValley.com website talks about the issues faced by folks who have Anxiety Disorders.  I face an anxiety disorder every day and felt that this article really summed up what it was like trying to meet new people while contending with anxiety.  I use a Psychiatric Service Dog to help with my anxiety, she alerts me to panic attacks before they get out of control so I can work to head them off before I have a total meltdown.  She also does medication reminders that help me control my anxiety and other mental health issues, since I have a hard time remembering to take my meds having an external cue from my service dog has been a huge help in getting them on time.

Even with the amazing help my Service Dog offers me, I’m always floored when people ask me what she does for me and I simply say “I have an Anxiety disorder and some other mental health issues that she helps me with”  and the person responds with “Everyone gets anxious”  as though telling me the obvious is going to be of help o me.  I know all to well that everyone has anxiety, but what people who don’t have an anxiety disorder don’t seem to realize is that those with an anxiety disorder have extreme anxiety that often impair many facets of life that those without the anxiety disorder often take for granted.  I have a really hard time in checkout lines in stores, because the confined space sends my anxiety through the roof, especially if there is a glitch with the way the register scans (or doesn’t scan) an item correctly and a supervisor has to be called in to correct the problem.  Most people seem to get annoyed at best with this, but for me, I start sweating profusely, my heart rate sky rockets, and it takes everything in me to keep from bolting out of the store because of the overwhelming fear I feel.  I know that the glitch isn’t anything I did, but for me, it’s like my brain hi-jacks me and I literally panic and begin to fear that the store will think I tampered with the item or something to cause it to not scan right.  Not something I’ve ever seen anyone get accused of in a checkout line, but with an anxiety disorder, this is the direction my mind heads and there isn’t a lot I can do about it other than to work with my service dog, take deep breaths, and pray that the situation is cleared up quickly so I can get out of there.

“Voter ID Not Required For May Primary”

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This February 15, 2013 blog post found on the PoliticsPA website talks about the agreement made by both sides of the voter id legal battle to place a hold on requiring ID in the May primary here in Pennsylvania.

 

“Berks suicides rise in 2013; answers are elusive”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 19, 2013 article on the ReadingEagle.com website talks about concern over the increased number of suicides seen in Berks County this year, which according to  the article is about double what it was for all last year.

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