I chose an addiction related scoop this week due to the fact that we are going over alcohol abuse in class now. While I was reading this article, I remembered the class lecture about mental illness in men versus mental illness in women. We saw a video that illustrated the typical male signs of mental illness, which was the Joker threatening to kill a man over a phone call. Then we saw a clip from Twilight illustrating a typical female's mental illness signs, which was Bella sitting staring out a window for months and months due to her depression. There are some obvious harmful effects for women to take up an addiction like the possible risks if a woman were to consider pregnancy and continued to consume the drugs and/ or alcohol. Prescription medications are not always taken properly, and those medications are already incredibly regulated as is.
Bullying in Our Schools: Traditional and 'cyber' bullies keep local ...Prescott Daily CourierThe 12-year-old's mother told the officer that the boy did not threaten her son, but she was concerned it was cyber bullying and not appropriate behavior,...
This article is unbelievable. I cannot believe what kids do and say to one another. When I was in school (Elementary- High School), sure I had bullies, most kids do and the cycle continues. It hurts to go on every single day feeling like you're alone and no one else can help. Telling an adult is NOT enough, it's embarrassing and social consequences escalate the situation. Social media plays such a large role in general bullying; word gets out so much faster with current technology. Gossip spreads like a wildfire when you're a young kid in school, and it usually continues throughout adulthood. I work in an office consisting of predominantly women, and I have found that women tend to gossip much more so than men. I'm only 18 now, and it is exhausting to find that women in their 50s continue to gossip about one another. I am absolutely fed up. I recall incidents where students committed suicide as a result of bullying which caused the judicial system to be better about enforcing laws against bullying. A couple friends of mine in high school committed suicide without warning to get away from the bullying. Cyber bullying to me just means that those involved have only reached a new low, because like the administrators had said "if you can't say that to their face, why would you do it online?" I was especially surprised at the group of kids who tried to get a girl to drink a bottle of urine. Society puts too much stress on kids with ideal norms, and appearances at such a young age. Personally I got good grades in class and got through it all as fast as I could so as not to get caught up in any more drama. I enjoyed some of my high school years, but I do not in any way want my senior year to be as good as it gets in my life. Bullying can be stopped and even prevented by a more threatening punishment by parents and schools. Even forming alliances with a fellow student who is being bullied will help. No one wants to feel like they are alone.
This article I thought was very interesting because alcohol is a depressant which is supposed to have the opposite effect on our bodies than energy drinks do. I remember hearing about, then later reading up on the long term affects on alcohol and caffeine use at the same time. I found that the mixture of a depressant and a stimulant is suspected to cause people to develop heart disease at an earlier age than what is average. The typical cup of coffee has about 100mg of caffeine, but 16 ounces of just about any of the main energy drinks have approximately 160mg of caffeine which an unhealthy dose for a young heart that has not yet fully developed.
Author’s note: This story originally appeared in Scientific American, April 2009. As the suggestion of U.S. Army medical student Petulant Skeptic (see below), I am re-publishing it here, open access, because the return of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan ...
Upon reading this article I have found correlations between the soldiers and the video "The Medicated Child." The military only has so many resources and a budget that does not cooperate with the risk of mental health issues that come with the job. As someone who comes from a military family that includes my fiance, I am well aware that these brave men and women are over worked and under paid for the outrageous orders they are given and forced to follow. The military has a catch. Unless you choose to retire with a minimum of 20 years with the military, it will not pay off besides looking good on a resume. My fiance has a $500,000 life insurance policy that is only active as long as he stays with the military, and I want no part of that insurance plan if it means he has to die in the line of duty, the policy also does not account for mental health related death. PTSD is such a broad label for mental illness. Like the article said, PTSD is a 1 out of 9 ratio, rather than 1 out of 3 soldiers obtain the mental illness. Doctors are so quick to tag an illness, but when it is this broad, many people are not getting the proper care that they need.
Arizona is quickly becomming the most intolerant state in the nation. Years ago Arizona received attention when they passes a law allowing law inforcement to ask people for proof of citizenship if they were thought to be illegal. This new Senate Bill 1062 is disguised as a religious freedom bill however, it really is just a bill allowing shop owners to discriminate against gays. While I am pleased that the bill was vetoed, I think it was vetoed only due to economic pressure. I applaud the companies and organizations that were quick to step in and pressure the governor to veto this bill of intolerance. Arizona is attempting to define the norms and I hope that the rest of the country sees their acts as discrimination.
The number of recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales rose in 2011 to almost 2,000, its highest total since records began. It is unclear whether these rises are caused primarily by an increase in the number of disability hate crimes that are committed, or higher rates or their reporting.
There were 1,942 recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales in 2011, an increase of more than 25% on the total for 2010 and the highest since this data was first recorded in April 2010.
Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the number of recorded incidents grew by 60% between 2009 and 2011.
While almost 2,000 reports were made to the police last year, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made just 523 convictions for disability hate crime over the same period.
This article is about the large increase in hate crimes having to do with disability in the past few years. This topic is very close to my heart because my aunt who is also my best friend is autistic and deaf. I can see how people look at her and it breaks my heart that our society at this day and age is still so intolerant, especially towards those who do not cause harm to others. After reading this article, I realized my worries are far from over for those patient families who care for a disabled person. Hate crimes are inevitable, and despite the number of arrests, the number of convictions may also be lower than we agree with.
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