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How Many More Have To Die?~~DO you know about Addicted Gambling & Mental Illness?

Posted by kitcatlyon
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Posted on August 15, 2013 by Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon ANOTHER SAD HEADLINE…..SO How many more is it going to take to DIE because of many Un-Diagnosed Emotional or Mental illness?…….Why do others JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND, or WANT TO?…….Is Ignorance REALLY BLISS? Sorry, but I’m NOT sorry to be so forward about that FACTS of mental illness, addictions, recovery, and many emotional Disorders. Gia Allemand Dead of Apparent Suicide….Why does it always have to be when someone dies or commits SUICIDE to SHOCK people into Compassion, Empathy, or Understanding? WHEN IT’S TOO LATE? *Gia Allemand Dead of Apparent Suicide* Gia Allemand, The Bachelor contestant who competed for Jake Pavelka’s heart on season 14, died of an apparent suicide. She was 29.She was found Monday night in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans, her family says in a statement. Anderson called 911 and Allemand was transported to the hospital, where she was in critical condition on life support.”Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn” on Wednesday, the family statement says. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.” “Loved ones and fans will remember Gia Allemand as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets.”………**AND AN UPDATE SINCE I POSTED THIS POST*****ANOTHER HAS DIED??**………… **Lisa Robin Kelly in 2000‘*That ’70s Show’ star Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43** Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who played Laurie Forman on the FOX sitcom “That ’70s Show” and had experienced legal and substance-abuse troubles in recent years, died Wednesday, her agent said, on Thursday. She was 43. Kelly died while attending a rehab facility while attempting to battle her demons, the agent said. “Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” the agent said. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night, she lost the battle.” A cause of death has not yet been released. Since exiting the series in 2003 — she was replaced by Christina Moore for the show’s sixth season — Kelly had grabbed more headlines for her legal troubles than her acting career. The actress was arrested in November 2012 for allegedly assaulting her husband in North Carolina, which followed a charge of corporal injury on a spouse in March of that year. (Those charges were dropped.) While Kelly denied the March assault, she did admit to struggling with alcohol abuse, telling “Good Morning America” interviewer Abbie Boudreau that she developed a drinking problem after suffering a miscarriage. “I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” the actress, who claimed to be sober for three months at the time of the interview, said. “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.” …… **ANOTHER PRECIOUS LIFE TAKEN TO SOON BY MOST LIKELY ADDICTION/EMOTIONAL HEALTH ISSUES’S** **”I have been that close myself to Suicide and Death TWICE…..and for some Higher Power at BE….....(My GOD) pulled me back and whispered in my ear, “Catherine it is not your time, you have too much unfinished business here on earth”,….I’m to work Through you to help you Speak out about MANY things.” And you know what?……He was right!” “My first order of business was to write my story of addiction, childhood trauma, abuse, and, Daily Challenges with my Mental illness. I try to help *SHATTER the STIGMA* around people in Recovery from Addictions, and to STAND UP for others who suffer from Mental/Emotional illness! I say this ALL the time that EVERYONE in their Life has a Story to tell. Here on my blog, I continue my Journey, and write Frequently of what it is like to Struggle with Mental Illness! My gambling addiction is what brought out my Severe Symptoms of Bi-polar.” “Then in Recovery, I found, and was left with Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia Disorders. Not to mention the 7 meds I take daily to try to function like a Normal Person what ever that maybe??? YES….I’m a work in progress, and YES,……I’ve worked hard in my almost 7yrs in Recovery. But what I don’t understand is how others can be Cruel at times to people with mental disabilities. That is why I speak out! This needs to stop!! People need to be a little more educated on what WE go through on a DAILY Basis. So here are a few descriptions of some Mental illness & Disorders definitions”………. *Agoraphobia*: “ Panic disorder with agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person has attacks of intense fear and anxiety. There is also a fear of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available.A.D.A.M. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone. This article discusses panic disorder with agoraphobia. For information on panic disorder itself, see also: Panic disorder“ Causes, incidence, and risk factors The exact causes of panic disorder and agoraphobia are unknown. Because panic attacks often occur in areas or situations where they have happened in the past, panic may be a learned behavior. Agoraphobia sometimes occurs when a person has had a panic attack and begins to fear situations that might lead to another panic attack. Anyone can develop a panic disorder, but it usually starts around age 25. Panic disorder is more common in women than men. **Symptoms** Panic attacks involve short periods of intense anxiety symptoms, which peak within 10 minutes. Panic attack symptoms can include: Chest pain or discomfort Choking Dizziness or faintness Fear of being out of control Fear of dying Fear of “going crazy” Hot flashes or chills Nausea or other stomach distress Numbness or tingling Racing heart Shortness of breath Sweating Trembling With agoraphobia, you avoid places or situations because you do not feel safe in public places. The fear is worse when the place is crowded. Symptoms of agoraphobia include: Being afraid of spending time alone Being afraid of places where escape might be hard Being afraid of losing control in a public place Depending on others Feeling detached or separated from others Feeling helpless Feeling that the body is not real Feeling that the environment is not real Having an unusual temper or agitation Staying in the house for long periods of time **I SUFFER FROM THESE TWO DISORDERS TOGETHER** *Bi-Polar 2 Disorder*: What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Bipolar II disorder (pronounced “bipolar two”) is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in life. Most people with bipolar II disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from. In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives. Nearly everyone with bipolar II disorder develops it before age 50. People with an immediate family member who have bipolar are at higher risk. *What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder?* During a hypomanic episode, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling “high”) or as irritability. Symptoms during hypomanic episodes include: •Flying suddenly from one idea to the next •Rapid, “pressured,” and loud speech •Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep People experiencing hypomanic episodes are often quite pleasant to be around. They can often seem like the “life of the party” — making jokes, taking an intense interest in other people and activities, and infecting others with their positive mood. What’s so bad about that, you might ask? Hypomania can also lead to erratic and unhealthy behavior. People in hypomanic episodes might spend money they don’t have, seek out sex with people they normally wouldn’t, and engage in other *impulsive or risky behaviors. (My past Gambling Addiction was risky behavior)* Also, the vast majority of people with bipolar II disorder experience significant depressive episodes. These can occur soon after hypomania subsides, or much later. Some people cycle back and forth between hypomania and depression, while others have long periods of normal mood in between episodes. Untreated, an episode of hypomania can last anywhere from a few days to several months. Most commonly, symptoms continue for a few weeks to a few months. Depressive episodes in bipolar II disorder are similar to “regular” clinical depression, with depressed mood, loss of pleasure, low energy and activity, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide. Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder can last weeks, months, even years!.......... **I can tell you it's NO PICNIC being in Recovery and suffer from these disorders. People treat you different. There are people who can be very cruel to others because it is easier to make fun of something you KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, then it is to have compassion for others. That is why I SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT, to help SHATTER the STIGMA Around these issues. I hope this gives others a little more Understanding. Have a Great Week ahead! *Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon*
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The Shame of It All....

Posted by doctormarty
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on Monday, 28 February 2011
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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

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Shredded -- A Memoir

Posted by Joelle
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on Thursday, 30 September 2010
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At 19 years old I’d lived a fairly charmed life.  I grew up in an affluent NYC suburb with loving, if flawed, parents.  It was the 1950’s and my father believed that women had specific (traditional) roles.  As the youngest of 3 the rules were somewhat relaxed for me, but I chaffed under their weight nonetheless.  So I rebelled, in a mostly ladylike manner.  In the fall of 1972 all that had been before, my childish notions about the inherent goodness of all people, idealistic political views, and my core belief that my parents could fix anything, were run through a meat grinder, never to be the same again.  It was the beginning of 20 months in hell.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE STATISTICS

Posted by Cate
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on Thursday, 30 September 2010
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Why is it that only 2 million of the estimated 40 million people with substance abuse problems ask for help? It is possible that the stigma of addiction prevents them from being honest? For me, the answer is yes.

For years I suffered in silence with multiple forms of addiction.  I worried what my family would think.  I worried what my friends would say.  I worried I would lose my job and my ability to attract a life mate.

A girl voted most likely to succeed and homecoming queen shouldn't puke in toilets.  A girl from a good family shouldn't snort cocaine or sleep with a stranger.  It took a near death experience to convince me to place my welfare ahead of my image.  What will it take for you?

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