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Does depression affect adults only? No. For singer and songwriter Judy Collins, depression began in her teenage years and is as vivid to her now as it was then. For Collins, her depression led to alcoholism, which damaged her vocal cords and threatened her career.
Can depression travel through families? Yes. In her particular case, Judy Collins described her depression as a family legacy. It affected her father, herself, and her son, Clark, who committed suicide in 1992. In fact, scientists are currently investigating the hereditary, genetic bases for depression.
A Thousand Moms is releasing as a e-book, The Sourcebook of Brain Science. Knowledge of the brain is essential for parents, teachers, students, the general public to make good decisions, reduce the toll of suffering of patients and families. Depression, manic depression, and schizophrenia are illnesses that originate in the brain, affect the brain, and also affect all those things most affect what we think of as human characteristics: our mood, our thinking, our behavior, our energy levels, our patterns of sleep, according to brain scientist Kay Redfield Jamison.
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As diverse as the world is, thousands of ethnicities in hundreds of countries...we all have one driving, daily need. Sleep. Why is this and what to do if you can't sleep.
A Thousand Moms offers this program as part of its brain and behavior program. What prevents sleep? What obstructs sleep?
Listen to a national crisis and how to address it.
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Sad news recently that singer/songwriter Glen Campbell has released his final song and that he is in the 6th of 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect those afflicted; it takes an enormous toll on the caregivers: family, spouses, the children. The baby boomers are facing a crisis. If no effective treatment or cure, 50% of those over 85 will get Alzheimers.
A Thousand Moms is releasing as a e-book, The Sourcebook of Brain Science. Knowledge of the brain is essential for parents, teachers, students, the general public to make good decisions, reduce the toll of suffering of patients and caregivers.
Order your copy by visiting our Web site, www.athousandmoms.org. Two links at the upper right will allow you to order a copy right away and/or get more information on this resource. Www.athousandmoms.org
Background: Substances of abuse are a cultural phenomenon as ancient as civilization itself. Only recently, however, have scientists begun to study their effects on us, and more specifically, their effects on our brains. Why do people get addicted to drugs, tobacco, and alcohol? Why is it so hard to kick a habit? It stands to reason that since drug use is self-destructive, people would naturally avoid it. This obviously is not the case. What is not so obvious, however, is why people turn to addictive drugs. People use drugs, tobacco, and alcohol to feel good, without regard to the fact that long-term effects are very bad. Research is only now showing us how genetic and environmental factors all play a part in our susceptibility to substance addiction.
KEY WORDS: Alcoholism, dopamine, emotional memory, neurotransmitter, physical dependence, addiction
The Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science
SUGGESTED RECALL QUESTIONS: 1. What percentage of Americans smoke on a daily basis? 25 percent, one in four.
2. What percentage of American high school students use tobacco? 35 percent, more than one in three.
3. How many adult Americans have used an illegal drug at some point in their lives?: a) 70,000 b) 700,000 c) 7,000,000 d) 70,000,000 Answer: d
4. Can drug use modify your brain? Yes.
5. True or false: Nicotine is NOT an addictive substance. False
6. How can alcohol abuse affect memory loss and dementia? Alcohol abuse can lead to or increase both.
"Every aspect of our lifes depends on the normal functioning of our brains...All of our human qualities are at risk if something goes wrong with our brains." W. Maxwell Cowan, neurscientist.
A Thousand Moms begins a major, 7-part series to launch a new educational series on our most precious resource: our brains.
Based on the Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science, created, written, and edited by A Thousand Moms' Dave Balog and now re-released, the series with cover a wide variety of topics for the general public.
Podcast 1, Revealing the Workings, the Wonder, of the Human Brain will cover just what exactly this extraordinary resource means to us and what we are learning about it.
Future episodes with cover:
Behind the Scenes in the Adolescent Brain
Stress: Too Little Is as Bad as Too Much
Depression and the Brain
Alcohol and Drugs: A Brain Disease
Suicide: Death in Life's Springtime
Sports, Concussions and the Brain
Fear and Anxiety: The Power of Emotions
Shakespeare's Insights into the Brain: The Arts and Learning
Pain and the Brain: It's a Memory
The Aging Brain: Attitude Counts
For Mother's Day, we discuss the images and icons developed through the mass medium. How do they reflect our society? What qualities would best suit a mother of an lgbt youth in foster/adoptive care? From Marie Barone to June Cleaver, and many in between, we examine our top 10, and pick a winner!
While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens - many cast out by their religious families - quietly keeps growing
Horrific stories of rejection of gay youth by their families have filled the news lately. And the statistics reflect the reports.
Today we discuss troubling new statistics from the LA Commuinity Center, the Williams Institute, a detailed study from Rolling Stone Magazine.
Progress for the community overall often has an inverse effect on gay youth. Listen and learn why.
Important. Please support A Thousand Moms and our work for LGBT youth and their families: Send a donation by check (fully tax-deductible) to NAFFC/A Thousand Moms, 2367 Curry Road, Schenectady NY 12303. Thank you!!!
The suicide of beloved actor Robin Williams has led to a surge of calls to crisis hotlines. Today we talk about mental illness and suicide. According to Kay Redfield Jamison, author of Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide in her contribution to the Sourcebook of Brain Science:
Psychiatric illnesses do kill. More than 40,000 people in this country every year commit suicide. It is now the second leading killer of 15-24 year old, having moved ahead of homicide.
How to best honor Robin Williams? Listen in.
Looking Inside the Brain
Background: For the last century, scientists have been able to use the x-ray machine to examine the bony parts of the living human body, but they were not able to x-ray the living human brain. Since the 1970s, however, new computer technology has been devel- oped that goes far beyond the capabilities of the x-ray and allows scientists to exam- ine a living individual’s functioning brain. Because of this new technology, scientists have learned a great deal about how we think, feel, and perceive.
Sports are a major cause of brain injuries to children and young adults. Studies show that 7 to 10 percent of all football players will sustain at least one concus- sion while playing. Pat LaFontaine, a star American-born professional hockey player, had to retire from the National Hockey League after 14 years and six con- cussions. Multiple concussions can result in memory loss, difficulty with think- ing and concentrating, and even more serious problems. Doctors and brain researchers are cautioning all athletes about the dangers of brain injuries.
SUGGESTED RECALL QUESTIONS: 1. What is a concussion? A concussion is much more than being “knocked unconscious.” Neurologists define a concussion as any change in mental status resulting from trauma. Such changes can include headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, moodiness, and an inability to focus one’s attention.
How did Pat LaFontaine’s brain injuries affect his family relationships? He became depressed, had a personality change, and even had difficulty reading stories to his children.
The brain can recover from concussions if it has time to heal. Multiple concussions, especially in a short period of time, can increase the risk of serious brain injury.
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The most amazing moment in Mrs. Doubtfire isn't when poor Robin Williams is stuffed into his pantyhose and cumbersome padding beside a swimming pool on a hot day, or when his Mrs. Doubtfire “boobs” almost catch fire, or even—in the extended sequence that leads to his unmasking as the father to his children as well as their female Scottish nanny—when he dashes around a restaurant furiously getting in and out of drag.
It comes right at the end in a voiceover, and it is—for a Hollywood film—a radical ending in every way: an ending that does not see a husband and wife reunite, or a broken family glued back together. Instead, a new kind of mainstream movie family takes shape—two separated parents, united by their much-loved children.
And then, after that, Mrs. Doubtfire herself gives a speech that emphasizes the various definitions of what “family” can encompass.
The significance of this is in the film’s year of release: 1993 was in the white heat of the culture wars, the year after arch-homophobe Pat Buchanan addressed the Republican National Convention to tell the assembled that the agenda that Bill and Hillary Clinton “would impose on America—abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat—that’s change, all right. But it is not the kind of change America wants. It is not the kind of change America needs. And it is not the kind of change we can tolerate in a nation that we still call God’s country.”
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