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Illinois governor makes his state 16th to legalize gay marriage - Washington Post (blog)

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Illinois governor makes his state 16th to legalize gay marriage
Washington Post (blog)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage Wednesday, making his state the 16th to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
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Go Illinois!!! Lincoln would be proud!!!

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Successful People Who've Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders | TalentDevelop

Successful People Who've Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders | TalentDevelop | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it

By Leslie Johnson

By Leslie Johnson. "The image of the "mad genius" has stayed with us because many of the qualities attributed to highly successful people have been crazy or insane."


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Charles Schultz struggled with depression and anxiety. Santa Rosa, CA where I practice was his home, and boasts a museum and an airport in his name.

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Matthew's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:09 PM

This is definitely something that I can associate with. It's strangely motivating. The thought that even with debilitating mental disorders people can still be hugely successful is nearly awe inspiring; that a disorder may create greatness. If you read Leslie Johnsons article listing off those of a successful career who are indeed victims of mental disorders one thing you will notice is the specific mental disorder that seems most apparent among these few. Depression. Depression seems to be a sort of amplifier for these few. Boosting their creativity or rather giving them a new perspective to view from. another one of the illnesses repeated is bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is definitely linked with depression; it’s been known as manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is classified by dramatic mood swings such as swinging into severe depression. Knowing this just makes me wonder; are we great because of our inhibitions? or do we have these inhibitions because we are great? only we can know.

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Forget the headlines – schizophrenia is more common than you might think

Forget the headlines – schizophrenia is more common than you might think | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
Schizophrenia isn't a specific, rare or rigorously defined illness, write Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman.

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This is such a difficult disease.

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Barbara Bonneau 's comment, November 19, 2013 2:16 AM
Although I can agree that Schizophrenia is too often diagnosed (as is now with autism and bi-polar disorder) I think that there is evidence of a "specific" illness. To define an illness, it is necessary, not to assemble "common" factors of all expressions of what has been called schizophrenia, but to identify at least one or more characteristics that make it different from other mental illnesses and argue why these characteristics indicate the diagnosis of schizophrenia and not another. This is done in differential diagnosis, a form of classical psychiatric diagnosis more or less abandoned by the DSM's.
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The Internet’s Most Popular Pets

The Internet’s Most Popular Pets | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
The internet is a funny place. Some people use the web as a primary method for shopping. Others use it to launch new, exciting business ventures. And then there are those who spend hours on end uploading and watching videos of funny or cute animals.

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I love Grumpy Cat!

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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
[This post was co-authored with Jerome L. Singer and Dorothy G. Singer]

Many people often think of play in the form of images of young children at ...

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Play is the most important work your child does.

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Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:51 AM

Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
http://www.universaliss.net/leader/trader/mpfr/belkacem1173

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How to parent while having a chronic disease - Washington Post

How to parent while having a chronic disease - Washington Post | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
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How to parent while having a chronic disease
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... at NIH, which was mostly closed.
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What an amazing mom coping with her challenges!

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Pets: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Pets: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
Once you've taken your 'Pets' shots we'd love to see them in comments below. Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section as pictured below) and they'll get embedded for us ...
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There are some fun photos here!

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Child Trauma, Adult Chronic Illness - Vermont Public Radio

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Child Trauma, Adult Chronic Illness
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The ACE Pyramid of adverse childhood experiences.
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The ACE Study might be the most important one of this century.

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Sandplay A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche (Sandplay Classics) By (author) D.M. Kalff - Singapore Online Bookstore

Sandplay A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche (Sandplay Classics) By (author) D.M. Kalff - Singapore Online Bookstore | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
Free delivery - Sandplay A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche (Sandplay Classics) By (author) D.M.
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I offer sandplay as outlined by Dora Kalff in my own psychotherapy practice. This leads me to collecting miniatures for it in a way that might need a 12-step intervention!

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How to Avoid Being Drained by Energy Vampires | World of ...

How to Avoid Being Drained by Energy Vampires | World of ... | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
... including a hospital-based program for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, an online therapy program, a program for access to psychological services for patients of general practitioners, ...
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We've all had this feeling.

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EVENT: Hot & Holy — A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality

EVENT: Hot & Holy — A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
2013/11/04 - A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality. Whether you are single, married, have a great sex life, or want one — join the conversation as we talk about what sex means to a relationship and how it is ...
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Great topic! Sacred sexuality is a very important part of neo-pagan traditions.

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[Women's Day Special] Breaking Barriers of Disabilities, Shilpi Kapoor

[Women's Day Special] Breaking Barriers of Disabilities, Shilpi Kapoor | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
According to the United Nations, a majority of the world's 600 million people suffering from disabilities are concentrated in low or middle income countries. Shilpi Kapoor, founder and director of BarrierBreak, says that between ...
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Did you know you have a 50% chance that either you or someone you love will acquire a disability?

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Have Researchers Discovered a Quick Fix for Depression?

Have Researchers Discovered a Quick Fix for Depression? | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it

The link between insomnia and depression


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Matthew's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:19 PM

The link between insomnia and depression is something thats been known for a while at least to me that is. After having just finished a broad study of sleep behavior and sleep disorders i can honestly say that sleep is the cure to an excruciatingly high amount of illnesses. A lack of sleep can raise your chances of becoming obese, developing diabetes, and of course becoming depressed. Not to mention the negative affects on your general cognition. All together, missing sleep is a bad idea, and most Americans today do not get enough sleep. Just look at the average teenager. The average teenager needs approximately eight to nine hours of sleep on top of which their cirdadian rythms keep them up late and waske them up late. Teens are meant to sleep in! but of course they are startled awake by the clanging of their alarm at a quarter till sunrise having stayed up till half past midnight studying and are expected to be functioning through their entire day to do it all again. Frankly it's tragic. Now we wonder why teenagers are constant "zombies" and depressed messes. It all leads back to sleep. Get your sleep.  

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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
Teenagers who were maltreated may have a harder time figuring out what's scary and what's safe.

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There is a huge price to pay for mistreating a child, including substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, vandalism, crime, and poor physical/mental health. We need to stand as a society in opposition to child abuse, if for no other reason than the sheer cost to society.

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Couple Performs 'Dirty Dancing' Scene At Wedding And Nails It

Couple Performs 'Dirty Dancing' Scene At Wedding And Nails It | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
It's pretty much impossible to hate anything "Dirty Dancing" related, and this video is no exception.

Via Glori R Zeltzer, MFT
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This is awesome!

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Glori R Zeltzer, MFT's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:05 PM

Watch this couple show off their dance on their wedding eve....every couple has their own unique dance, what's yours?

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The 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Awards: A Celebration Of Excellence In Children's Literature

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—On Friday, October 4th, publishers, writers, librarians, schoolteachers, students and booklovers gathered at Simmons College ...

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Someday I would really love to write children's books.

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Gay-marriage bill passes in Hawaii - The Guardian

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Governor Neil Abercrombie says he is looking forward to signing 'significant piece of legislation' that is expected to provide a tourism boost.
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Thank you to Gov. Abercrombie for showing real leadership!

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Fathers beginning to ask for equal time off as new parents - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Fathers beginning to ask for equal time off as new parents
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
When his third child was born, John Neill of West View already was an experienced stay-at-home dad.
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An idea whose time as come!

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The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013

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... (.@JustinBieber has been named one of @TIME's 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013! http://t.co/VviWn3888x What do you think?)
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I picked this story because of Malala, and Malia Obama. Not Justin Bieber!

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10 Tips to Enable People With Disabilities to Get Jobs - Huffington Post

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10 Tips to Enable People With Disabilities to Get Jobs
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Fully 70 percent of working-age people with disabilities in America are not working. This leads to poverty, powerlessness and prison.
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You have a 50% chance of acquiring a disability or loving someone who does. Everybody needs to be thoughtful about this topic.

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Depression in older adults: a q&a with Dr. Brad Karlin - OUPblog (blog)

Depression in older adults: a q&a with Dr. Brad Karlin - OUPblog (blog) | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
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Depression in older adults: a q&a with Dr.
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It's so common to see depression in older adults.

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REVIEWS: Stories for children that adults will love, too - Durham Herald Sun

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REVIEWS: Stories for children that adults will love, too
Durham Herald Sun
Christmas music is already on the radio, and diligent holiday shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice.
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Reading my children favorite books at the holidays is one of my sweetest memories.

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From Dyslexia to CEO: How my learning disabilities taught me to be a successful entrepreneur

From Dyslexia to CEO: How my learning disabilities taught me to be a successful entrepreneur | Celebrating Life! | Scoop.it
Brett Kopf is the CEO and co-founder of Remind 101, a communications solution for teachers, students, and parents.




Virgin, Apple, Ikea, Tommy Hilfiger, HP are all companies ...
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My former business partner never let his dyslexia stop him. He used it  to be even more careful and precise.

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