Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Break for a Few Days

I will not be blogging for the next few days so that I can work on my page.  I want to make it more interactive and attractive.  I hope to be up and running by Monday.  Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prayer Request

I am asking for your prayers tonight.  I have more on my plate than I can handle by myself.  I have too many commitments and all are equally important.  Please pray that God gives me the strength to carry the burdens and be a witness for Him.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sister Wives

I watched the final episode of Sister Wives, the show about the life of a polygamist family.  Polygamy is illegal in the United States.  I do understand that and do not condone their lifestyle.  However, let's look at the other side.  In this particular case, the situation is a mutual agreement between one man and four women.  The four women are best friends and have actively sought each other to become part of the family.  Some of the wives have been divorced and each have expressed their freedom to leave this marriage at any time.  Each wife has a different function within the family and all respect each other's strength and weaknesses.  I have watched almost all of the shows and noticed the love expressed by everyone and for everyone in the family. 

This family chose to go public with their lifestyle, knowing they might be persecuted for it.  The final episode was about them getting ready to leave the state because they feared criminal charges. 
The law enforcement had begun driving up and down the street in front of the family home, which had never been done before the show began. The situation was stressful for everyone.  The plan was to leave town quietly, but then the press found out and published the plan.  The family had to sneak out of town--no small feat for a family of this size.  As they were packing, sirens began and the entire family went into panic mode.

Let me say again--Polygamy is illegal in the United States.  Guess what?  So is adultery and fornication.  Yes the laws are still on the books.  Below are excerpts from two sites on the web about the laws.

Twenty-six states continue to have anti-adultery laws on the books. These laws vary considerably. Some define adultery as any intercourse outside marriage. According to others, it occurs when a married person lives with someone other than his or her spouse. In West Virginia and North Carolina, simply "to lewdly and lasciviously associate" with anyone other than one's spouse is to be adulterous.

Fornication is sexual intercourse between an unmarried man and woman. Fornication still remains a misdemeanor in some states, as is adultery.

Both adultery and fornication are committed on a daily basis, yet no one has to sneak out of town because of it.  In 2009, 41% of the births in United States were by unmarried couples.  How many of them were arrested?  Of these births, 40% do not receive support from the father.  How many of them were arrested? 

Failure to support your child is also illegal.  How many noncustodial parents are arrested for nonsupport?  I know it is on the rise, but not quickly enough to suit me--but then again, I was the child not supported. 

The use of illegal drugs is against the law, but stand on the street corner of any major city and watch the transactions.  Why aren't these people arrested more often?  I know, I know.  The cops don't want the user, they want the seller.  One thing I learned in Economics class was that if there is no market for a product, the business will fold. 

What does all this ranting have to do with Sister Wives?  Let me tell you what I think.  I think that surely the law enforcement of that state had more serious crimes to spend their time on rather than harass a self-supporting, alcohol and drug free, nonviolent, tax paying man who has more than one woman he prefers to call wife.  It is alright to have one wife and three mistresses, but not four wives. 

This article is not for or against polygamy.  It is not for or against adultery or fornication.  It is not even for or against nonsupport of children.  It is about getting our priorities right in this nation.  I know polygamy is illegal, but in the grand scheme of things is it important enough to have law enforcement spend their time watching the house instead of arresting drug addicts or people driving under the influence who have the potential to kill someone?  Is it more important than seeing that a child has food on the table?  Is it more crucial than stopping the number of children brought into this world for the sole purpose of collecting more welfare money from society?  By the way, jaywalking is illegal also.  Careful crossing the street, you could be arrested.  But don't worry, the drug pusher on the other street corner will be just fine while you are escorted 'downtown'.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Journey to Fulfillment Review

Reviews of their books are important to authors.  A review can hinder or enhance sales of a book.  Good reviews boost an author's moral greatly.  It is the same feeling as when someone compliments your children.  When a good review is from a fellow author, the feeling rises to new heights. 

Eddie Snipes, author of I Called Him Dancer, recently posted a review of Journey to Fulfillment on Amazon and Goodreads.  I am sharing it with you today.  I would like to publicly thank Eddie for the review.  I will take this moment to say that I reviewed 'I Called Him Dancer' and highly recommend it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this - and man too :), May 20, 2011
This review is from: Journey to Fulfillment (Perfect Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Theresa has a very smooth writing style and keeps the reader interested. Journey to Fulfillment is a memoir, but not just a story about Theresa's life. She addresses issues in her life that affect so many people today. She deals with insecurity in the midst of success. Bitterness in her marriage. Communication problems. Many of the problems she faced are common in most relationships. I appreciate how Theresa learned how to deal with her husband's anger problem without sweeping the issues under the rug, and not becoming part of the problem through argumentation. I would explain more, but the story of her life does a better job than I can do here.

Theresa has an honest approach to facing the problems of life. She doesn't paint herself as perfect, nor does she vilify others. Learning how to step back and look at the problem and then to herself, and others was important for her in dealing with life's struggles. Rather than depending on others for fulfillment, she learned how to discover her identity in Christ, and then strengthen her relationships from a godly perspective. She failed and succeeded. As readers, we get to learn from her school of hard knocks.

Everyone should read this book, but especially those who feel inadequate in relationships or have to deal with hard family situations. This truly is a must read. You'll glean much from her life's story.

Eddie Snipes
President of the Christian Authors Guild
Author of 'I Called Him Dancer'

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pain is the Name of the Game

I remember when an injury was cured by a couple of days of resting.  Apparently those days only last until a certain age. 

I hurt my back over a week ago.  Every time I moved, the pain would grab me and twist my back and facial muscles into something less than becoming.  After three days of resting, the pain was worse, so I scheduled an appointment with the doctor.  He prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers.  I left his office confident that I would be better in two days.  It has now been five days and while I no longer make facial contortions to rival Jim Carey, I am not pain free. 

In an email last night, I wrote "apparently I don't bounce back as quickly as I used to."   The person replied, "Around age 50 I started noticing that life was moving a whole lot faster than I could and falling asleep in the recliner was actually becoming fun."

I began to think about similar things I had heard.  Right after my husband and I married (which meant I was the ripe old age of 19), we went to visit his grandmother.  She told us that she had attended a funeral the day before.  My husband said, "Well, Grandma, I'm sorry your friend died."  She said, "That's alright.  She was old."  My husband asked, "How old was she?"  His grandmother said, "87.  That's old."  My husband said, "How old are you."  She said, "78.  I ain't old, I've just been here a long time."  I thought that was a wonderful view of aging. 

One friend who lived in an older house told me, "When I get up in the morning, if the house doesn't creak, I do." 

I saw a coffee mug with "I finally got it together, but I can't remember where I put it" printed on it. 

 Mark Twain said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." 

Some unknown authors have written, "I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now."
"You know you've reached middle age when a doctor, not a policeman, tells you to slow down, all you exercise are your prerogatives and it takes you longer to rest than to get tired."


Dave Barry said, "I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990."


"Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips."  ~Attributed to John Wagner
I have always said, "Getting older is not optional, getting old it."  I plan to do exactly what my husband's grandmother said, "be here a long time."  I plan to laugh, cry and move--just slower than I used to.




Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Extreme Couponing

I received several comments on the Extreme Couponing post.  Most thought these couponers were bordering on hoarding.  I do have to agree.  However to be fair, there are people who do extreme couponing and donate the extra to less fortunate people.  Some donate it to food banks and others donate it to missionaries. 

I have been trying to clip coupons.  It is very time consuming.  My hat is off to people who would spend 60 hours a week to donate food to others.  This is proof that there are many ways to give to the less fortunate.  We can give money, ourselves, or time.  I Corinthians 3:7 says, So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  It is up to us to do what we can and trust God to do the rest.  Once when I was going through a difficult time someone wrote me a note in an effort to help.  It said, Work as if everything depends on you.  Pray as if everything depends on God.
Pretty good advice.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Extreme Couponing

There is a new show on TLC called Extreme Couponing that shows people saving 98% on their grocery bills.  I am all for saving money.  However, I do have problems with some of the strategies.

The main strategy is to save coupons and then when the item goes on sale in the store, 'buy' as many as you have coupons for.  In one episode, a woman had coupons for Tylenol. With the sale price and her coupons, the Tylenol was free, so she got 114 bottles.  Tylenol has a shelf life of about 2 years.  I ask you, how many headaches is this woman going to get in two years?

On another episode, a set of twins shopped together.  They saved coupons for diapers and then 'bought' them on sale, making the diapers free.  One twin bragged that she had to most diapers.  What is my problem with this???  She didn't have kids.  What is she doing with those diapers?  If you eat at her house and she hands you a napkin, look at it closely before using it.

Another woman had coupons for mustard and coupled with the sale price, made it free.  She 'bought' 64 bottles.  We use about one bottle of mustard a year at our house.  Do you really want to eat a bottle of mustard that is 64 years old?

All of these people started couponing because of a financial crisis in their lives that caused them to rethink saving money.  I applaud their effort and I have also had financial crisis in my life.  There have been times when there were few groceries in my house.  There have been days of tears because I didn't know what I was going to prepare for my family to eat.  But these people have stock piles of food.  Some enough to last several years.  Some of these people have groceries under their beds, in the their closets, garages, basements, and in their children's closets. 

My main question is:  Is that how God wants us to live?  II Corinthians 5:7 says, "For we live by faith, not by sight."  Does God expect us to prepare to care for our families?  Absolutely.  Does He expect us to use our resources wisely?  Most definitely.  Does He expect us to use wisdom in purchasing products?  Without a doubt.  Does He expect us to be so prepared that we don't have to depend on Him for anything?  I don't think so.  What do you think?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Membership Launch

Several times I have mentioned John 3:16 Marketing Network, a group of Christian authors.  This is an opportunity for you to read about some of the authors and learn about their books.  A published book and a blog is required for membership, however not for following the blogs.  We have some great authors who lift up the Lord in their writing.  Below is a schedule of the authors who will be featured each day, along with the sites, and free gifts.  I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn and support these people who are serving the Lord with their writing.
 
 
We are having a membership launch from Wednesday, May 18th, to Tuesday, May 24th. Our blog tour kicks off on Wednesday, May 18th, and we will be featuring at least six authors on the tour. The first stop will be on Lorilyn Roberts' blog at http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com, featuring author Jay Miller, who writes books for children. The featured article with be, "Are There Secret Formulas or Short Cuts for Making the Best-Seller List on Amazon, Part One of Six. 
 
The Facebook party will be on Tuesday night,  May 24, 8-9pm EST, on the John 3:16 Marketing Network Facebook fan page at the link on the top of this page. Many of the John 3:16 Network authors will be available to answer questions. We will have a minimum of six books to give away including the following:
Paradise is Where You Find it, by Dr. Robert E. McGinnis
Innerkinetics, by Dr. Ray W. Lincoln
 
Children of Dreams, by Lorilyn Roberts
 
The Road to Deer Run, by Elaine Marie Cooper
 
Heal the Wounded, by Lynn Dove        

Sal and Sally, by Jay Miller
 
To have a chance to win, all you have to do is follow the blog tour this week. The answers to the questions to win a book will be given by the authors themselves. If you sign up to join the John 3:16 Marketing Network at any time on Tuesday ONLY, May 24th, right here on this page, by leaving your name, email and website/blog, you will be able to download some free egifts! Don't miss this opportunity because it won't be repeated. Bookmark this page and check back each day for the location of the blog tour. Tenetatively, the blog tour is scheduled for these websites:


Wednesday, May 18
Location: Lorilyn Roberts' website at http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com
Featured Author: Jay Miller
Featured Book: Sal and Sally
Featured Article: Are There Secret Formulas or Short Cuts for Making the Best-Seller List on Amazon - Part One of Six on the John 3:16 Marketing Network

Thursday, May 19
Location: Paulette Harper's website
Featured Author: Dr. Ray Lincoln
Featured Book: Innerkinetics
Featured Article: What it Takes to Have a Winning Team - Part Two of Six on the John 3:16 Marketing Network


Friday, May 20
Location: JD Holiday's website
Featured Author: Dr. Robert McGinnis
Featured Book: Paradise is Where You Find it
Featured Article: Roaches That Eat Your Best-Seller Dreams - Part Three of Six on the John 3:16 Marketing Network 


Saturday, May 21
Location: Janet Eckles' website
Featured Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Featured Book: The Road to Deer Run
Featured Article: What is a Book Launch Anyway-and Slowly, Please, I am New at All of This - Part Four on the John 3:16 Marketing Network


Monday, May 23
Location: Maria Crites' website
Featured Author: Lynn Dove
Featured Book: Heal the Wounded
Featured Article: Why Should I join the John 3:16 Marketing Network - Part Five of Six on the John 3:16 Marketing Network


Tuesday, May 24
Location: Amanda Stephan's website
Featured author: Lorilyn Roberts
Featured Book: Children of Dreams
Featured Article: Why Should I Stay A Member of the Network After I Launch My Book - Part Six of Six on the John 3:16 Marketing Network


Tuesday Night, May 24, 8-9pm EST
Location: John 3:16 Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Book-Launches-John-316-Marketing-Network/145412252147289
Featured event: learn marketing tips, win free books, meet some John 3:16 Authors, ask questions, join the John 3:16 Network and download fee e-gifts!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Drought in Texas and ED Students

The recent drought resulting in burn bans across Texas reminded me of something that happened when I was teaching.

It was my last year of teaching.  I was teaching a group of emotionally disturbed teenagers in a building far, far away from the main building.  (Wouldn't want the other students to 'catch' emotional disturbance.)  The building was constructed of cinder blocks with no windows.  It had not rained in several months. 

The students were sitting quietly (for once) and listening while I was teaching.  Suddenly one of the students came in from another class and said, "It's raining outside."  Every student jumped up and ran to the door.  The teacher in me went into gear.  "Get back her and sit down.  We are having class."  One student turned to me and said, "But Miss, it's been so long since we've seen rain.  Can't we watch it for a while?"  I didn't even try to argue with that.  They spent several minutes on the covered porch of the building, watching the rain.  The only thing I fussed about was that they were all taller than me and I couldn't see.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

More Operator Calls

Caller (inquiring about legal requirements while traveling in Europe)  "If I register my car in France, and then take it to England, do I have to change the steering wheel to the other side of the car?"

Caller:  I'd like the number of the Argo Fish Bar, please.
Operator:  I'm sorry, there's no listing.  Are you sure that the spelling is correct?
Caller:  Well, it used to be called the Bargo Fish Bar but the 'B' fell off.

Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in Woven.
Operator: Woven?  Are you sure?
Caller:  Yes.  That's what it says on the label---Woven in Scotland.

On another occasion, a man making heavy breathing sounds from a phone box told a worried operator: 'I haven't got a pen, so I'm steaming up the window to write the number on.

Caller: I deleted a file from my PC last week and I just realized that I need it.  So, if I turn my system clock back two weeks will I get my file back again?

Please let me remind you--these are your neighbors.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Can't Go to School Today

It is the end of the school year and I can tell you from experience that the stress level at school is tremendous.  Everyone is tired and ready for a break.  The teachers are bickering among themselves.  The students are tattling on each other in every other breath.  The teachers are of hearing kids whine and parents complain. 

Here is a little joke that pretty much tells the entire story.

A mother woke her son up and said, "It's time to get up for school."
The son replied, "I can't go to school today."
The mother said, "You have to go to school today."
The son replied, "The kids hate me.  The teachers hate me.  Why should I go to school?"
The mother answered, "Because you are 35 years old and you are the principal."

The following link is a recording of an answering machine by a real school.  It was voted on by the teachers. I have listened several times and enjoyed it each time.

http://youtu.be/Pwghabw4N80

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Man's Ten Commandments

Today I passed a church with the ten commandments printed on a sign in front of the church.  It was titled God's Ten Commandments.  I thought "What would they say if man wrote them?"  So I decided to write the ten commandments the way we live them.

Man's Ten Commandments

ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.' Unless you can see where they will lead you.

TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.' Except the credit card in your wallet.

THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.' Except when you are very angry.

FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.' Except when you stayed out too late on Saturday night to attend church on Sunday.

FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.' Unless they try to tell you what to do.

SIX: 'You shall not murder.' Unless you have a very, very good reason.

SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.' Unless your mate doesn't understand you and your new partner is really good looking.

EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.' Except from the office and you are sure no one will notice.

NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.' Unless you need to get back at them for something they did.

TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.' Unless you feel they don't deserve it as much as you do.

Please click 'comments' to add to the list.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Too Funny

I like a good joke, but I would much rather hear about real people.  There is no animal funnier than the human being.  This was sent by emails.  It is actual call center conversations!  Keep that in mind as you read.

Customer:  I've been calling 700-1000 for two days and can't get through; can you help me?
Operator:  Where did you get that number, sir?
Customer:  It's on the door of your business.
Operator:  Sir, those are the hours that we are open.


From Samsung Electronics
Caller:  Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?
Operator:  I'm sorry sir, I don't understand who you are talking about.
Caller:  On page 1, section 5 of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning.  Now, can you give me the number for Jack?
Operator:  I think it means the telephone plug on the wall.


From RAC Motoring Services
Caller:  Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am traveling in Australia?
Operator:  Does the policy name give you a clue?


Computer Customer Service
Tech Support:  I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop.
Customer:  OK
Tech Support:  Did you get a pop-up menu?
Customer:  No
Tech Support:  OK, Right-click again.  Do you see a pop-up menu?
Customer:  No
Tech Support:  OK, sir, Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?
Customer:  Sure.  You told me to write 'click' and I wrote 'click'.

Tech Support:  OK.  At the bottom left hand side of your screen, can you see the "OK" button displayed?
Customer:  Wow! How can you see my screen from there?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hypocondriasis

From Wikipedia,

Hypochondriasis or hypochondria (sometimes referred to as health phobia or health anxiety) refers to excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness.  An individual suffering from hypochondriasis is known as a hypochondriac. Hypochondriacs become unduly alarmed about any physical symptoms they detect, no matter how minor the symptom may be. They are convinced that they have or are about to have a serious illness. Often, hypochondria persists even after a physician has evaluated a person and reassured them that their concerns about symptoms do not have an underlying medical basis or, if there is a medical illness, their concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the level of disease. Many hypochondriacs focus on a particular symptom as the catalyst of their worrying, such as gastro-intestinal problems, palpitations, or muscle fatigue. The duration of these symptoms and preoccupation is 6 months or longer.

The DSM-IV-TR defines this disorder, "Hypochondriasis," as a somatoform disorder  and one study has shown it to affect about 3% of the visitors to primary care settings.

Hypochondria is often characterized by fears that minor bodily symptoms may indicate a serious illness, constant self-examination and self-diagnosis, and a preoccupation with one's body. Many individuals with hypochondriasis express doubt and disbelief in the doctors' diagnosis, and report that doctors’ reassurance about an absence of a serious medical condition is unconvincing, or un-lasting. Additionally, many hypochondriacs experience elevated blood pressure, stress, and anxiety in the presence of doctors or while occupying a medical facility, a condition known as "white coat syndrome." Many hypochondriacs require constant reassurance, either from doctors, family, or friends, and the disorder can become a disabling torment for the individual with hypochondriasis, as well as his or her family and friends. Some hypochondriacal individuals completely avoid any reminder of illness, whereas others frequently visit doctors’ offices. Other hypochondriacs will never speak about their terror, convinced that their fear of having a serious illness will not be taken seriously by those in whom they confide.

It may be further specified as "with poor insight if, for most of the time during the current episode, the person does not recognize that the concern about having a serious illness is excessive or unreasonable."

A proposed change in the next revision of the DSM (DSM-5), scheduled for publication in May 2013, would combine hypochondriasis with somatization disorder, pain disorder, and undifferentiated somatoform disorder under a single classification known as complex somatic symptom disorder.

 Manifestation and effects

Hypochondriasis manifests in many ways. Puri B. K, Laking P.J, Treasaden I.H, (2000) states that hypochondrisis can manifest at any age, but usually between the ages of 20 and 30 years, occurring marginally more in males in contrast to other somatoform disorders which are more common in women.   Some people have numerous intrusive thoughts and physical sensations that push them to check with family, friends and physicians. Other people are so afraid of any reminder of illness that they will avoid medical professionals for a seemingly minor problem, sometimes to the point of becoming neglectful of their health when a serious condition may exist and go undiagnosed. Again, some people are afraid of getting a disease because they have a disease. Yet, some others live in despair and depression, certain that they have a life-threatening disease and no physician can help them. Some consider the disease as a punishment for past misdeeds.

Hypochondriasis is often accompanied by other psychological disorders. Clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as OCD), phobias and somatization disorder are the most common accompanying conditions in people with hypochondriasis, as well as a generalized anxiety disorder diagnosis at some point in their life.   Autism/Aspergers can be another sign of this.

Many people with hypochondriasis experience a cycle of intrusive thoughts followed by compulsive checking, which is very similar to the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, while people with hypochondriasis are afraid of having an illness, patients with OCD worry about getting an illness or of transmitting an illness to others.   Although some people might have both, these are distinct conditions.
Patients with hypochondriasis often are not aware that depression and anxiety produce their own physical symptoms that might be mistaken for signs of a serious medical disease. For example, people with depression often experience changes in appetite and weight fluctuation, fatigue, decreased interest in sex and motivation in life overall. Intense anxiety is associated with rapid heart beat, palpitations, sweating, muscle tension, stomach discomfort, and numbness or tingling in certain parts of the body (hands, forehead, etc.).

If a person is ill with a medical disease such as diabetes or arthritis, there will often be psychological consequences, such as depression. Some even report being suicidal. In the same way, someone with psychological issues such as depression or anxiety will sometimes experience physical manifestations of these affective fluctuations, often in the form of medically unexplained symptoms. Common symptoms include headaches; abdominal, back, joint, rectal, or urinary pain; nausea; fever and/or night sweats; itching; diarrhea; dizziness; or balance problems. Many people with hypochondriasis accompanied by medically unexplained symptoms feel they are not understood by their physicians, and are frustrated by their doctors’ repeated failure to provide symptom relief. Common to the different approaches to the treatment of hypochondriasis is the effort to help each patient find a better way to overcome the way his/her medically unexplained symptoms and illness concerns rule her/his life. Current research makes clear that this excessive worry can be helped by either appropriate medicine or targeted psychotherapy.

Recent scientific studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; e.g., fluoxetine and paroxetine) are effective treatment options for hypochondriasis as demonstrated in clinical trials.   CBT, a psycho-educational “talk” therapy, helps the worrier to address and cope with bothersome physical symptoms and illness worries and is found helpful in reducing the intensity and frequency of troubling bodily symptoms. SSRIs can reduce obsessive worry through adjusting neurotransmitter levels and have been shown to be effective as treatments for anxiety and depression as well as for hypochondriasis.
Another treatment that has proved effective in the treatment of hypochondriasis is exposure therapy. In one study, this was shown to be equally as effective as cognitive therapy and the improvements in condition were maintained after the study.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dying But Not Sick

This blog is sometimes for fun and sometimes for education.  Today is educational.  There is a mental disorder called Munchausen where the person believes he or she is dying, although there are not physical illnesses.  Some research revealed a very interesting article.  I am sharing part of it here with you.

Münchausen syndrome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Munchausen syndrome)
Münchausen syndrome is a term for psychiatric disorders known as factitious disorders wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction syndrome or hospital hopper syndrome. Nurses sometimes refer to them as frequent flyers, because they return to the hospital just like frequent flyers return to the airport. However, there is discussion to reclassify them as somatoform disorder in the DSM-5 as it is unclear whether or not people are conscious of drawing attention to themselves.[1]
Münchausen syndrome is related to Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP/MSP), which refers to the abuse of another being, typically a child, in order to seek attention or sympathy for the abuser.

In Münchausen syndrome, the affected person exaggerates or creates symptoms of illnesses in themselves to gain investigation, treatment, attention, sympathy, and comfort from medical personnel. In some extreme cases, people suffering from Münchausen's syndrome are highly knowledgeable about the practice of medicine and are able to produce symptoms that result in lengthy and costly medical analysis, prolonged hospital stay and unnecessary operations. The role of "patient" is a familiar and comforting one, and it fills a psychological need in people with Münchausen's. It is distinct from hypochondriasis in that patients with Münchausen syndrome are aware that they are exaggerating, whereas sufferers of hypochondriasis believe they actually have a disease. Risk factors for developing Münchausen syndrome include childhood traumas, and growing up with caretakers who, through illness or emotional problems, were unavailable. Arrhythmogenic Münchausen syndrome describes individuals who simulate or stimulate cardiac arrhythmias to gain medical attention.[2]

Medical professionals suspecting Münchausen'ss in a patient should first rule out the possibility that the patient does indeed have a disease state, but it is in an early stage and not yet clinically detectable. Providers need to acknowledge that there is uncertainty in treating suspected Münchausen patients, so that real diseases are not under-treated.[6] Then they should take a careful patient history, and seek medical records, to look for early deprivation, childhood abuse, mental illness. If a patient is at risk to himself or herself, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization should be initiated.[7]
Medical providers should consider working with mental health specialists to help treat the underlying mood or disorder as well as to avoid countertransference.[8] Therapeutic and medical treatment should center on the underlying psychiatric disorder: a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder or borderline personality disorder. The patient's prognosis depends upon the category under which the underlying disorder falls; depression and anxiety, for example, generally respond well to medication and/or cognitive behavioral therapy, whereas borderline personality disorder, like all personality disorders, is presumed to be pervasive and more stable over time,[9] thus offers the worst prognosis.

Tomorrow we will look at the difference in Munchausen and Hypochondria

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Death of Bin Laden

There have been many comments in the media from reports and Joe Blow on the street about the death of Bin Laden.  Some have rejoiced.  Some have criticized.  Others have sympathized.  All have speculated about what this means to our nation.

What it means to me is that it puts our nation and military personnel at a greater risk of retaliation.  They attacked us 9/11/2001 for no reason.  Do we really believe that they are going to stand by and watch us kill their leader and do nothing?  What do we do now?  Live in fear?  Hide?  Mock their beliefs?

Here is my suggestion.  Why no PRAY?  Excuse me!  Do I really think it is bad enough to pray?  Well first of all, we should pray whether it is bad or not.  Secondly, yes we should be praying about it.  We should pray for protection for our country, our leaders, and most of all, our military personnel.

On September 13, 2001--a Wednesday night--churches all over America were packed more than any Sunday morning.  They were there in one accord, as the Bible says.  They were there to pray for this nation.  Hostilities were forgotten.  Grudges were forgiven.

I heard a story on the radio by a caller who had gone to donate blood.  Standing in front of him were two young men wearing the colors of two different gangs, sworn enemies.  They stood talking pleasantly until the curiosity of the man got the best of him.  He said, "Excuse me, aren't you two enemies?"  One gang member answered, "Yes, but we are Americans first."  Then the two gang members gave each other a fist shake.  It is time to once again come together as Americans and pray.

I have never asked my readers to pass a blog on to their friends, but I am today.  Please pass this on to anyone you know who is a Christian, in the military, or has a loved one in the military.

Monday, May 2, 2011

How Dry is it in Texas?

This came as an email.  It was too good not to pass on to you.


It's so dry in Texas that:
  • Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling,
  • Methodists are using wet-wipes,
  • Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks,
  • and Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water!