CDC: One In Five Kids Lives With A Mental Health Issue

Taken from   NAMI  which is located   HERE.

Millions of American children are living with mental disorders. Reports and studies have shown that it’s nearly one in five. But a newly published six-year study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shed some light on the specifics behind the numbers.

Between 2005 and 2011, the CDC collected data from studies performed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),  the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and others, concerning mental disorder diagnoses in children aged 3 to 17. The report also revealed a decrease in substance use disorders in children aged 12 to 17 from 2002 to 2011.

The study covers a breadth of disorders, including but not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and Tourette’s syndrome. ADHD was the most common disorder to affect the children studied, at 6.8 percent. Tourette’s syndrome was the least common, at less than 0.5 percent.

The study also revealed gender disparities. ADHD and conduct disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are more common in boys; over twice as common in the latter case. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), too, are more prevalent in boys.

Mood disorders, however, are shown to be more common in girls. While depression is just as prevalent in both genders, inequalities arise with age. Girls aged 14 to 16 are more likely to have been diagnosed or currently diagnosed with depression. This data is consistent with the fact that adult women are more prone to depression.

The report’s focus on mental health also included surveys about adolescent’s drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Although 1.7 million adolescents (classified as 12 to 17 year olds) are diagnosed with a substance use disorder every year, this number is almost a 2 percent decrease since 2002.

The CDC’s source for this data, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), differentiates between substance dependence and substance use disorder based on criteria such as tolerance, emotional and physical problems associated with the substance, withdrawal symptoms, and legal trouble.

As the first exhaustive report of childhood mental disorders of its kind, the CDC’s report has proven to be a critical first step in understanding the children affected. Although the new and controversial Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) may have an impact on the approach to these disorders in the years ahead, the groundwork for providing effective services to children and their families has been laid.

Giants In The Land: Streams In The Desert, June 29th, 2013

  • “There we saw the Giants”  Numbers 13:33

Yes, they saw the giants, but Caleb and Joshua saw God! Those who doubt say, “We be not able to go up.” Those who believe say, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able.”

Giants stand for great difficulties; and giants are stalking everywhere. They are in our families, in our churches, in our social life, in our own hearts; and we must overcome them or they will eat us up, as these men of old said of the giants of Canaan. The men of faith said, “They are bread for us; we will eat them up.” In other words, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to overcome.”

Now the fact is, unless we have the overcoming faith we shall be eaten up, consumed by the giants in our path. Let us have the spirit of faith that these men of faith had, and see God, and He will take care of the difficulties.
–Selected

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It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the, giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none.

There is a prevalent idea that the power of God in a human life should lift us above all trials and conflicts. The fact is, the power of God always brings a conflict and a struggle. One would have thought that on his great missionary journey to Rome, Paul would have been carried by some mighty providence above the power of storms and tempests and enemies. But, on the contrary, it was one long, hard fight with persecuting Jews, with wild tempests, with venomous vipers and all the powers of earth and hell, and at last he was saved, as it seemed, by the narrowest margin, and had to swim ashore at Malta on a piece of wreckage and barely escape a watery grave.

Was that like a God of infinite power? Yes, just like Him. And so Paul tells us that when he took the Lord Jesus Christ as the life of his body, a severe conflict immediately came; indeed, a conflict that never ended, a pressure that was persistent, but out of which he always emerged victorious through the strength of Jesus Christ.

The language in which he describes this is most graphic. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed, always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be manifested in our body.”

What a ceaseless, strenuous struggle! It is impossible to express in English the forcible language of the original. There are five pictures in succession. In the first, the idea is crowding enemies pressing in from every side, and yet not crushing him because the police of heaven cleared the way just wide enough for him to get through. The literal translation would be, “We are crowded on every side, but not crushed.”

The second picture is that of one whose way seems utterly closed and yet he has pressed through; there is light enough to show him the next step. The Revised Version translates it, “Perplexed but not unto despair.” Rotherham still more literally renders it, “Without a way, but not without a by-way.”

The third figure is that of an enemy in hot pursuit while the divine Defender still stands by, and he is not left alone. Again we adopt the fine rendering of Rotherham, “Pursued but not abandoned.”

The fourth figure is still more vivid and dramatic. The enemy has overtaken him, has struck him, has knocked him down. But it is not a fatal blow; he is able to rise again. It might be translated, “Overthrown but not overcome.”

Once more the figure advances, and now it seems to be even death itself, “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus.” But he does not die, for “the life also of Jesus” now comes to his aid and he lives in the life of another until his life work is done.

The reason so many fail in this experience of divine healing is because they expect to have it all without a struggle, and when the conflict comes and the battle wages long, they become discouraged and surrender. God has nothing worth having that is easy. There are no cheap goods in the heavenly market. Our redemption cost all that God had to give, and everything worth having is expensive. Hard places are the very school of faith and character, and if we are to rise over mere human strength and prove the power of life divine in these mortal bodies, it must be through a process of conflict that may well be called the birth travail of a new life. It is the old figure of the bush that burned, but was not consumed, or of the Vision in the house of the Interpreter of the flame that would not expire, notwithstanding the fact that the demon ceaselessly poured water on it, because in the background stood an angel ever pouring oil and keeping the flame aglow.

No, dear suffering child of God, you cannot fail if only you dare to believe, to stand fast and refuse to be overcome.
–Tract

Praise & Worship: June 28th, 2013

Song List

1.  Michael Row Your Boat Ashore-  The Highwaymen

2.  Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)-  Brenton Brown

3.  Wake Up-  All Sons And Daughters

4.  In The Night My Hope Lives On-  Andrew Peterson

5.  Revive Us Again-  Ashley Cleveland

6.  The Lost Get Found-  Britt Nicole

7.  Seize The Day-  Carolyn Arends

8.  Ancient Skies-  The Michael Gungor Band

9.  I Am Yours-  Misty Edwards

10.  You Are My God-  Nicol Spongberg

11.  My God Has Rescued Me-  The Violet Burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebuilding Relationships After Depression

In reading this article you will see references to hypnotism and Buddhism. As I am a lay person I can’t offer an endorsement for hypnotism. As I am a Christian I can not endorse Buddhism. As you approach either in the context of this article I encourage you to do your homework and not to engage in anything that goes against your conscience. That being said their is much in this article for you to consider.  Allan

Taken from Esperanza  which is located    HERE.

By Maureen Salamon

John lives alone, so he considers his entire apartment his “man cave.” But when he’s mired in major depression—which the New Hampshire resident has struggled with regularly for more than 20 years—John knows his private haven serves to further isolate him at a time when lonely feelings are hard to shake.

“When I’m feeling depressed, I don’t want to associate with anyone, period,” says the 51-year-old, whose job as a computer programmer also means long hours spent on his own.

It’s easier to avoid being with other people during an episode, he explains, “because you know you’re not going to be able to talk to them—your concentration is all messed up.”

Never a social butterfly at the best of times, John is usually content with his own company and well able to entertain himself. But he’s aware that self-sufficiency, usually seen as a positive trait, may not be such an asset when depression sets in.

“I don’t think I’ve ever said, ‘I’m bored,’ even when I’m down,” he says. “But I do feel lonely when I’m depressed, because I’m thinking about everything more.

“Once you start doing that, getting inside yourself like that, you go down that spiral and all your feelings are magnified.”

MISSING LINK

Depression and loneliness frequently go hand in hand. Research as far back as the 1970s has linked the two. More recently, scientists have associated chronic feelings of loneliness with a bevy of health risks, starting with poor sleep and high blood pressure.

One suspect for the interrelated physical and psychological threats seems to be inflammatory chemicals the body releases in response to stress.

“It’s not so clear whether depression causes inflammation or inflammation causes depression, whether they feed off each other, or whether it’s all part of some other process,” says Linda Waite, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. “We know they’re linked, but I don’t think we really know what causes what.”

Waite’s research over the years has focused extensively on loneliness, aging and depression, including a 2006 study published in Psychology and Aging that found higher levels of loneliness were associated with greater depressive symptoms.

The study, which she coauthored, noted that the coexisting conditions “can act in a synergistic effect to diminish well-being”—that is, one fuels the other in an ever-worsening loop.

“When you talk about problems in a person’s social network—isolation, loneliness, threatened loss—these are all linked to depression. On the other hand, depression can create those situations, too,” says Scott Patten, MD, PhD, a psychiatric epidemiologist and professor of community health sciences and psychiatry at the University of Calgary.

For  “Jo” Woodman (not her real name), loneliness mushroomed from a bout of deep depression that made socializing an effort.

The Toronto woman, who is 63, was first diagnosed with depression in her 20s. The severe episode in 2002 was prompted by a perfect storm of events, ranging from her husband’s infidelity to her beloved cat’s death to clashes with a coworker. She’d been working full time in real estate, but had to go on disability.

“I tried to explain to people what was going on, but they just didn’t get it,” says Woodman, who now works as a copywriter. “I still made an effort to see friends, maybe once or twice a month, but I was by myself the rest of the time. I was very isolated.”

“When I went out, I just tried to be happy, but it was quite evident I wasn’t myself.”

Woodman didn’t avoid invitations, as happens to many during depressive episodes, but she felt walled off from her friends when they were together. She knew they truly liked her, but at a certain point they didn’t want to hear about how she was feeling.

“They didn’t understand why I had to keep talking about it, and that hurt,” she says. “So I felt I didn’t really have anyone to talk to. I had my therapist, and that’s all.”

Tackling her depression with treatment helped resolve her isolation, she says. A switch in depression medications shifted her outlook for the better. She used a light box to address the seasonal affective disorder that comes on during the long Canadian winters. She also found hypnosis especially helpful.

Thanks to this multi-pronged approach, the walls began to crumble. She joined two ladies’ groups and now goes out three times a week. She even helps organize potlucks and outings to plays and concerts.

“I’m completely busy,” she says. “The difference in my life is like night and day.”

‘PUSH YOURSELF’

During a depressive episode, Patten notes, people can’t count on feeling motivated to socialize. Yet getting out and interacting with others can be one of the things that helps disperse the low mood.

“It may [seem] like a good idea to wait until you feel like doing it,” Patten says, “but just do it.”

He recommends finding structured activities, such as classes or volunteer work, that force you out the door and put you together with other people.

“It seems like a big part of the answer is finding ways to do it,” he explains. “Sign up for something at a specific time and place so you have to push yourself into doing it. Put it in your schedule.

“People say when they get more active, good things happen and they feel better.”

For some people, participating in activities that feel worthwhile, such as a satisfying job or meaningful social cause, can counteract pervasive feelings of isolation.

Terry S., who lives by herself in western Canada, hasn’t found lasting relief from the depression that has punctuated her adulthood. Mindfulness practice helps when she’s overwhelmed by low feelings, but she mostly turns to her work in the mental health field for a sense of connection.

“It’s very satisfying to me to see people who have [mood disorders] get help, because one of my problems has always been financial,” says Terry, 58, who coordinates independent living arrangements in subsidized housing.

“To be able to help people with stable housing, so they can live like a human being … is a very powerful thing.”

Peer support groups also can fill a need for people who have few personal social ties, experts agree. And research shows that interpersonal psychotherapy, an approach that focuses on strengthening social skills, helps smooth the way to forging relationships.

Yet as the University of Chicago’s Waite notes, being alone isn’t necessarily a prerequisite to feeling isolated.

Even married people can feel intensely lonely, she says. In fact, perception of loneliness has a genetic component that may override other factors.

“We do see people clinically who say they feel these very, very painful feelings, but they’re married or have a large family,” Waite says. “People are around them all the time, but they don’t feel connected.”

Those who feel disconnected or alone in a crowd tend to interpret social cues in a negative or ambiguous way, Waite says. In a sense, anything less than unbridled enthusiasm from others may make them feel inadequate.

“And then they react accordingly, thereby driving people away,” she adds. “They create the very situations they most fear.”

 

MIND GAMES

Having a genetic predisposition or personality that fosters lonely feelings doesn’t mean you’re  powerless, however. Waite suggests “reframing” social interactions in a positive way.

She gives this as a general example: “If someone cuts in front of you in line, and your blood pressure goes through the roof, think, ‘It may be an emergency, and I’m lucky because I don’t have an emergency right now.’

“Bring to mind the possible positive interpretations and work on giving people the benefit of the doubt.”

Distorted perceptions of social interactions often lead to feelings of shame and inadequacy, notes Patten—hallmarks of, as well as factors in, depression. Minimizing the barriers to reaching out relies on being able to get some distance from those perceptions, he says.

To start with, he says, “Accept your thoughts as a symptom of depression rather than an actual fact. Here’s where some guidance can be useful, from a therapist or from peers, because this is a little bit unusual.

“Stepping back from your thinking and examining it is not something people naturally do. But when you do that . . . you can become quite aware of the way emotions can distort your thinking, and that awareness is very helpful.”

That approach is the foundation of cognitive therapy and its offshoots. Another proven technique is mindfulness meditation, a practice based in Buddhism that attunes the mind to the present and discourages dwelling on the past or projecting into the future.

A combination of the two, known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, has been approved by Britain’s National Health Service as a treatment for depression based on research showing its effectiveness. A similar program, called mindfulness-based stress reduction, was developed to help patients with a variety of physical conditions alleviate pain and improve physical and emotional well-being.

A study published in October 2012 in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that older adults who took a two-month course in mindfulness-based stress reduction reported feeling less lonely—and also had a sharp drop in blood markers of inflammation.

Study coauthor J. David Creswell, PhD, director of the Health and Human Performance Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, says research also suggests mindfulness practice can ease depressive symptoms stemming from loneliness.

According to Creswell, an assistant professor of psychology at CMU, mindfulness meditation  “helps you say to yourself, ‘This is a feeling. It doesn’t define who I am and it’s not going to last forever.’

“It can be a really powerful transformer of those feelings so they don’t cause you to go into a negative spiral.”

John, the New Hampshire computer programmer, has a more practical approach. When he starts to “think too much,” as he puts it, he breaks out his Lego set. “I just start to build something and get my mind off things,” he says.

Getting out on his bike also quiets his mind—and generates feel-good endorphins.

An avid cyclist, John belongs to a local group that’s working on building a “rails to trails” spur. He spends a lot of time with fellow members, clearing the trail or riding together. When he senses that he’s beginning to self-isolate, he might log onto the group’s Facebook page “and start connecting or sharing something,” he says.

“That’s a kind of connection, as far as not being totally isolated. You’re socializing but you’re not.”

Sometimes, though, John finds that the best company when he’s feeling lonely isn’t human.

“I have two cats and I’d be lost without them,” he says. “They’ve been really helpful when I was depressed … they kept me going.”

—–
Maureen Salamon, a New Jersey-based freelance health writer, has contributed to the New York Times, CNN.com, CURE magazine and other major print and online publications.

 

IMPROVING SOCIAL TIES

Here to Help, a project of BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, publishes online “modules” that support well-being. The module on ways to improve your social support networks includes this advice:

Don’t be afraid to take social risks: Seek out and introduce yourself to new people, such as those you don’t know at a party. Other good venues are community centers, recreational clubs and schools.

Get more support from the support you have: People aren’t mind readers. Tell others what you need and be specific.

Let go of unhealthy ties: Walking away from relationships—even when they’re harmful—isn’t easy, but may be necessary. It may also be possible to spend less time with certain people without abandoning the friendship.

Be patient: Making friends takes time, and you may need to meet many new people to make just one new friend. It can take several months to feel close to someone and that you can count on their support.

Take care of your relationships:
You’re more likely to build strong friendships if you’re a good friend, too. Offer support to others and let them know you appreciate them.

PLUG THE GAPS IN YOUR NETWORK

Heaps of research have established a connection between social support (or lack thereof) and depression. Generally speaking, having a supportive network improves well-being and seems to have a protective effect against stress.

The phrase “social support” actually covers various categories, including:

• Someone to turn to in times of need—for a sympathetic ear, advice and feedback, or more tangible aid like a place to stay.

• A group that shares common interests and concerns.

• Day-to-day companionship.

Identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your network can provide a roadmap for the work you have to do to build more connections in your life.

In the depths of depression, that might mean something as simple as getting yourself out of the house and making eye contact with the coffee-shop cashier.

If your social ties have lapsed, you might need to ease back in by finding a support group you can identify with, joining a book club at the library, or taking a community-ed class that interests you. In her book The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques, psychologist Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, suggests brainstorming options with a therapist.

When you fall into an isolation spiral that distances you from friends and family, Wehrenberg recommends these steps:

Practice seeing positives: The negativity of depression can color the way you see the people around you, and thus how you interact with them. Make a commitment to say five nice things a day, and create a compliments chart to keep track.

Improve your social skills: This may require reading self-help books or working with a therapist to learn better ways to listen, communicate, and cope with insecurity. But don’t forget the basics: smile, make eye contact, ask how the other person is doing, end the conversation with a positive statement.

Schedule specific engagements: Set up regular phone chats with out-of-town family, arrange coffee dates with a friend, fix a time to take your grandchildren to the playground. Follow through even if you’re feeling apathetic, Wehrenberg advises, and don’t leave yourself an out for canceling.
 

 

Why Autistic Kids Make Easy Targets For School Bullies

Taken from healthland time which is located   HERE.

A new study finds that children with autism spectrum disorders are bullied far more often than their typically developing peers — nearly five times as often — but parents of autistic kids think the rate is even higher than that.

In the study, about 46% of autistic children in middle and high school told their parents they were victimized at school within the previous year, compared with just over 10% of children in the general population. Calling it a “profound public health problem,” lead author Paul Sterzing of Washington University in St. Louis told the New York Times that the “rate of bullying and victimization among these adolescents is alarmingly high.”

Many people with autism have trouble recognizing social cues, which makes them awkward around others. They also often engage in repetitive behaviors and tend to be hypersensitive to environmental stimuli, all of which makes kids with the disorder ripe targets for bullies who home in on difference and enjoy aggravating their victims. About a third of autism cases are severely disabling — those affected may suffer from low IQ and be unable to talk — but most autistic people have average or high intelligence and many can function well, if their social and sensory issues are appropriately addressed.

That may help explain why the highest functioning children in the current study were at greatest risk of being bullied. While their social awkwardness was more obvious because they actually interacted more with mainstream peers, this made their actual disability less visible, likely making their condition harder for their peers to understand.

Children with autism who could speak well, for example, were three times more likely to be bullied than those whose conversational ability was limited or absent. Further, those who were mainly educated in mainstream classrooms were almost three times more likely to be bullied than those who spent most of their time in special education.

The research, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, involved survey data from 920 parents of autistic children, who were asked about their children’s experience of bullying.

About 15% of autistic children were reported to be bullies themselves — roughly the same rate as in the general teen population — and 9% were both bullies and victims. Bullying, which can take the form of teasing, exclusion, humiliation or physical assault, can lead to depression and other mental health problems, along with poor grades and even physical illness in victims because of the severe stress it causes.

Parents of autistic children think that the true rates of victimization are far higher than what the study found, and that the rates of perpetrating bullying are lower, precisely because autism disorders are characterized by an inability to read subtle social cues and by difficulty with communication. In order to report being bullied, you need to understand when you’re being targeted, for example; in contrast, you also need to understand and effectively deploy harassing social information in order to be a bully — things that autistic children generally cannot do.

“The only thing I can figure out is that maybe the parents are misinterpreting their children’s clumsy attempts [to socialize],” says Eileen Riley-Hall, a high-school teacher with an autistic daughter and author of Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts, regarding the rate of bullies among autistic kids in the new study. “I think of bullying as systematic manipulation. But [autistic children] are so candid, they’re typically not capable of that kind of forethought and malice.”

Impaired language skills and inability to read social cues also mean that many autistic children are bullied without ever realizing it or being able to report it. Riley-Hall recalled an incident involving her daughter in elementary school. “Little boys were getting her to say dirty words and laughing at her. She thought this was a good thing and that they were being friendly, but they were really making fun of her,” she says, describing how another girl, who knew it was wrong, told the teacher. But until the classmate reported it, Riley-Hall had no idea that her daughter was being bullied.

With recent national focus on the toll of school bullying, including bullying-related suicide, many school districts are updating their anti-bullying policies and states are giving the issue renewed legislative attention. Research finds that the best anti-bullying programs are comprehensive, involving the entire school and not just individual students. Programs that work well tend to encourage a warm school environment in which diversity is celebrated; they also rely on adults at the school, from the principal to the lunch ladies, to set a tone that clearly indicates that bullying isn’t acceptable. Studies find that students in schools that create such a welcoming atmosphere not only perform better academically, but also have lower rates of behavior problems like alcohol and drug use.

But despite efforts to encourage inclusion, acceptance of students with disabilities remains low overall. “There’s still a sense that they are not as fully human as other people,” says Riley-Hall.

Another factor that often leads to exclusion and derision is fear. “We have many generations who have had no personal experience with people with special needs, and they fear them,” Riley-Hall notes. “They pass that ignorance on to their children.”

As the study’s authors conclude: “Inclusive classrooms need to increase the social integration of adolescents [with autism] into protective peer groups while also enhancing the empathy and social skills of typically developing students towards their peers with [autism] and other developmental disabilities.”

Indeed, although autistic people are often claimed to lack empathy, their problems usually relate to an inability to understand the minds of others— not an actual lack of care when they know someone is suffering. Meanwhile, people without autism aren’t supposed to be impaired in understanding others’ pain, so what’s our excuse?

In The Stillness God

I came across a blog that is a dream come true for me. Why?  Because it shares the word and there is always a song to meditate on after reading what I would describe as a daily devotional.  The site name is  The River Walk  and can be found    HERE.

 

Read: 1Kings 19:1-21, Acts 12:1-23, Psalm 136:1-26, Proverbs 17:14-15

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-13)

be-still

Relate: El is used in the Bible as a generic word similar to “god” in English. Sometimes it refers to YHWH, other times for other gods. Originally, however, El was the name of the high god of Canaanite religion. According to Canaanite mythology he had three sons and it was these three sons who were the idols most often worshiped by unfaithful Israelites in Elijah’s time. The oldest of these sons is Baal-Hadad. It is the prophets of this Baal that Elijah had a confrontation with in yesterday’s reading. The second son was Yam. Yam was the god of the sea and the god of chaos. The third son, Mot, is the god of death. He makes an appearance in the Bible twice consuming children and youth (Jeremiah 9:21) and peoples and nations (Habakkuk 2:5) The first reference is especially significant because Mot’s Ammonite equivalent, is frequently referred to in the Bible with the vile practice of child sacrifice by fire (abortion via religion).

Elijah is on the mountainside knowing the Lord is passing by. The storm of winds comes but Elijah recognizes that Baal is not god. The chaos of the earthquake comes, but Elijah recognizes that Yam is not god. The fire of death rages by, but Elijah recognizes that Mot or Molech is not god. Then in the stillness… God. When God shows up, it is not in the way anyone used to the gods of the time would expect.

React: Life can be full of storms. It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of the day to day hustle. I can become consumed by habits, and addictions… by sin that brings only death. But God is not in that.

We live in a world full of noise. Walkmans gave way to discmans which gave way to Ipads which are now a function of our phones. I didn’t have even the most basic of cell phones until nearly a year after graduating college and now, since my phone is a couple years old and is neither an Iphone or Android, I am considered a dinosaur. Going unplugged is not possible in our generation… yet it is necessary if we are to hear His still small voice.

Respond:

Father, help me to be still. With so much chaos and confusion, storms and noise, help me to find a moment, a time, a place today and tomorrow and the day after to unplug from the distractions of this world. Speak to me in that still small voice and train my ear to hear and my heart to respond. I want to be so attuned to Your voice that no storm can drown it out.

Study: 70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs

 

Taken from  CBS Atlanta  which is located    HERE.

Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.

Mayo Clinic researchers report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans. Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications.

The study is uncovering valuable information to the researchers about U.S. prescription practices.

“Often when people talk about health conditions they’re talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes,” Dr. St. Sauver stated in a Mayo Clinic press release. “However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants — that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”

Nearly one in four women ages 50-64 were found to be on an antidepressant, with 13 percent of the overall population also on antidepressants. Seventeen percent of people in the study were being prescribed antibiotics, and 13 percent were on painkilling opioids.

As a whole, women and older adults received the most prescription drugs. Antidepressants and opioids were most common among young and middle-aged adults.

The percentage of people who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent in 1999-2000 to 48 percent in 2007-08, the Mayo Clinic reports. Expenditures on prescription drugs reached $250 billion in 2009, and accounted for 12 percent of total personal health care expenditures.

According to the CDC, the percent of persons using at least one prescription drug in the past month increased nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2010.

And the researchers said prescription drug spending will only increase in the future.