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Mental illness is experienced by one in five adults every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It includes bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, the latter being the leading cause of disability in the world. And yet, one of the biggest challenges we face with mental illness is the stigmatization surrounding it.

As a society, we still have a long way to go in talking about mental health in a healthy and normal way, and this may be for a number of reasons. People who struggle with mental illness may feel great shame, guilt or weakness in talking about their illnesses or seeking help due to narrow portrayals in the media, or a complete absence of it. The lack of mental health education leads to the belief that mental illnesses are “phases,” can be controlled or can easily be overcome if only they tried. On a larger scale, factors like poor access to mental health care can also contribute to widespread stigmatization.

People with mental disorders already carry a lot of pain, and these things can further worsen it. What we need is more people having healthy and accurate conversations about mental illness and speaking up for those who struggle with it. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, here are 5 ways you can fight the stigma surrounding mental illness:

  • Educate yourself. Mental illness is prevalent: a study estimated that over 80 percent of people will experience it once in their lifetime. Something so widespread is deserving of our focus and education; the more knowledgeable we are, the more we will be able to help those struggling with mental illness and help dismantle its stigma this month and beyond. You can start by reading articles and fact sheets from trusted sources like the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Association of Depression and Anxiety. If you are someone with a mental disorder, you can gently express to others how it is for you to be experiencing it.
  • Be wary of the language you use. Language surround mental health is important and even small shifts in phrasing can make a big difference in social perception. For example, saying “He is a person with a disability” rather than “He is disabled” is a form of humanizing language that helps people understand that a person is not their illness, according to American Psychiatric Association. Be conscious of the way you use the words “crazy,” “psycho” or “anxious” which can contribute to the stigma. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to kindly educate others around you if their language is problematic and to remind them it matters.
  • Show compassion for those with a mental illness. People who have a mental disorder are often in a great deal of pain, even though they may not show it, and one of the kindest things we can do is to show them that they matter and that their feelings are valid. If you have a friend or family member who you know is struggling with a mental illness, show them your support. Gently encourage them to seek help from licensed, professional and supportive therapists that platforms like BetterHelp.com provide. Ask them how they really are often, and take the time to listen to what they have to say without judgment or criticism. Standing with them and validating their experiences is an incredibly life-affirming act, and will help reduce the shame they may feel.
  • Speak up on social media. If you see a social media post or advertisement which negatively or inaccurately portrays mental illness, add in your two cents or write to the broadcasting company. Sometimes, people are unaware that they are contributing to the stigma and are willing to learn what it really is like for someone with a mental illness. Says Facebook user Kathy Smith, “If Facebook has any stories where people make ignorant comments about mental health, then I write back and fill them in on my son’s journey with schizoaffective disorder.” This also means supporting organizations which work to break down the barriers in mental illness, such as To Write Love On Her Arms and NAMI.
  • Be honest about your own struggles. Perhaps one of the hardest things to do is to fight the stigma within ourselves. Shame, guilt, and fear are all reasons why we may not speak up about our own mental health concerns, and this can lead to further harmful thoughts surrounding it. Being honest with yourself and trusted friends and family, even though it may be very difficult, is one of the most powerful things you can do fight the stigma within yourself and others. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in shame, but make small, positive steps to normalizing your mental illness: acknowledge that it is a real medical condition, take your treatment seriously, and show by example what it means to live a meaningful life, even with a mental disorder.

Our culture and society’s views on mental health has slowly and gradually gotten better, but there is still much to be said and done. With education, persistence and compassion, we can positively change how we approach mental illness and dismantle its stigma entirely.

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An increasing of installing smart technology in homes is growing daily. Everybody is buying things for their homes to making their lives easy and save money. Does smart technology help people with disabilities to be more independent

Smart Technology

What is smart technology anyway? It is a technology that turns lights on, locks the door, turns the TV on, and many other things from your smartphone or tablet. If you cannot turn something on because you cannot reach it, smart technology can help you with that. 

I know what you are saying – “but Chris, it is too expensive. “ Yes, it is a little expensive, but you have to look at the big picture over time. Let’s say that you have to leave a light on in a room where you are in some parts of the day. If you have a smart switch in the room, you can turn it off when you are not in there. First of all, you are saving on electricity. Besides, you are saving on buying bulbs in the long term. 

Smart Bulbs vs Smart Switches

There are many options for lights. You can buy smart bulbs or smart switches. A smart bulb costs around $25 and a smart switch costs around $35. Both are on Amazon. What would you buy? Naturally, you would say that you would buy the bulb because it is $10 cheaper. Well, that is not the right one to pick. I will give you several reasons why a switch makes more sense.

First, a switch usually turns on multiple bulbs. If a switch turns on four bulbs, you would have to buy four bulbs at $25 for one bulb so you have to pay $100 versus $35. Second, a switch will last much longer than a bulb. 

Philip said that their smart bulbs will last around 15,000 hours. They say it should last fifteen years. I have not seen a bulb last that long ever. So, you can judge for yourself. 

Getting Excited Yet

You might be getting excited about this technology, but you are wondering what you need to make your home smart. All you need is a secured internet and a tablet or a smartphone. The internet has to be yours and not your neighbor. The reason why you don’t want to use someone else’s internet is that they could turn on a device without you wanting it to. This would be very bad indeed. 

Apple has HomeKit and Google has their Google Home. Both apps work about the same way but I use HomeKit because I use an iPad. Home Kit comes with iPad, iPhone, and iWatch. I heard it might be in the Mac computer later this year

HomeKit

What does HomeKit do? It allows you to control the main functionalities of all your devices in one app. When you install a device, it will have you to download their app for the device. When you do that, it puts the main functionalities in Home Kit. You have to buy devices that have the Home Kit logo on the box otherwise it will not work with HomeKit at all. 

Automation

The true magic with HomeKit is automation. What automation allows you to put a timer on all of your lights to be turned off at a certain time. Also, HomeKit is smart that it knows when sunrise and sunset occur every day. You can say to turn on a light fifteen minutes before sunset. I find that to be really cool.

One thing that is needed to have automation to work is that you have to have an iPad or Apple TV at home all the time. The iPad has to be set up as a hub for automation to work. It is just a setting to be turned on in settings for HomeKit. 

Security

Let’s talk about safety for a minute. If you have a disability that requires you to have a personal assistant to get you up in the morning, you might give the person a key to get in. That might be dangerous but all of us do it. Well, this will be the thing in the past because there are smart door locks. They work basically the same way with any other devices. You can set a timer to unlock the door at a certain time. You could say what about when the power or the internet goes down. In my opinion, it is better to have smart technology in your home then being depended on other people. Yes, it is scary to adapt to change but in the long term, you will be happier.

If you are using smart technology in your home please tell us what you think of it. If you are not ready to take the plunge, what is holding you back? Please leave your comments below this post. 

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I just ran across an article about a new Netflix show called “Special”. It is about a guy who has Cerebral Palsy and gay. The first show aired on April 12. I watched the trailer and to me, it was just alright. 

Ray O’Connell

The character who plays the guy who has CP is Ray O’Connell and actually has Cerebral Palsy. His CP is really minor – he can walk, talk, and use his hands. This show is based on his memoir: “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” 

Although this show sounds great, I have a bad feeling about it. I don’t have any problems with gays but having shown with people with disabilities is really new to TV. So, people are getting comfortable with seeing them and learning a lot about disabilities.

Issues With “Special”

My issue is that we are forcing to watch a show that would be a great learning tool for everybody, but if you are religious and are practicing your faith, how can you watch something that is immoral? You can say: “Oh Chris, get with the times.” Should my faith change because society thinks it is OK? I think not. I have to be true to my beliefs.

At a conference a few years ago, I talked to a guy at a conference. He was a person with a disability and transgender. The guy made a statement that stuck with me. He said that the gay community should include people with disabilities because we are fighting for equal justice. I see his position to a point, but the disability community is so different. Our lives require things that are important to us. If I don’t have help every day, I will not get out of bed.

Marriage

They wanted gay marriages legal. My question is how are their lives different from two people living together? If you think about it, it is the same thing. People live with each other for many years and don’t think of asking for help from the government. Marriage is between a man and a woman period because it is how God wanted it to be. I know that there will be some people who will disagree with me, but I don’t care because it is the truth.

Some Thoughts

The show “Special” might be great, but it doesn’t have to force the gay lifestyle on me. Most people with disabilities seem to be straight. I am not saying all are straight. A ton of people with disabilities is looking for dates and marriage. Wouldn’t that be a great plot for a show? Hollywood is full of gays, so they think everyone is gay which is not true.

Time has changed for the better for people with disabilities but why do the gay community want to take over everything in our lives. I know some people want to be heard, but how far is too far? This show might be about Ray’s memoir, but they could cut out most of the gay things out. If I wrote a memoir and someone wanted to turn it in a series, but they wanted to cut some parts out, I would understand. Would I be mad? I think yes, but if some parts were deleted to get more people to watch it, I would say sure.

What Do You Think?

Life has good points and bad points, and nobody can receive everything they want. Yes, it hurts, but we all have to adapt to things. Special might be an awesome show, but should we accept the gay life style in every show? If you have a different view on this show or the same view as me, I would like to know your reason for your opinion. Put your comments below this post please.

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What if your case manager just changed your primary personal care assistant (PCA) agency on you without telling you, what would you do? If you are not familiar with me, I live on my own in a building called Katharine Manor Apartments. I hire my own aides and pay them. So, I don’t have a case manager, but a lot of the residents do have a case manager. Some of them have the same case manager and one day they received new PCA’s from another agency. 

Man in wheelchair talking with a potential aide What Would You Do?

What would you do if you woke up seeing a complete stranger in your bedroom? I know what I would do. I would crap in my pants and hope that I was having a bad dream. About five residents experienced this shocking event. If this happened to me, I don’t know what I would do because I am nonverbal, so the person has to know how to communicate with me. All the residents, who were affected by this tragedy, could talk. That is one good thing.

This has been several days since the change has taken placed and proper training has occurred. Most of the residents are still not happy about this change and are fighting it. The staff here at Katharine Manor found out at the same time as the residents. They were dumbfounded as well when they found out too. 

Reality Set In

Now let’s just talk about this in general terms. Was this right at all? The answer is obviously NO! It was wrong on so many levels. How they found out was appalling. Some of the residents found out the night before. I could see if the staff here at Katharine Manor were on strike, but they weren’t on strike at all. 

If this happened to you, what would you do? To me, it is so crazy to think about because you are in a building where you are taking care of and you trust them to take care of you every single day. The trust should not be broken at all. If one of my aides is late, it is one thing, but if they don’t show up at all, would I keep them? The answer is no. It is the same thing here, but who do you get mad at? Your case manager or Katharine Manor? The answer is so difficult to say because the case manager works for the state. If Katharine Manor fought with the case manager, the state could just close the whole building. This was on the board’s minds when they found out.

Who to Blame

The case manager was completely at fault. We are all human beings and make the wrong decisions throughout our lives. I am not here to say that this person needs to be let go. Maybe the person heard something and felt that he or she had to “save” the residents from something. I don’t know what really happened, but one thing that I know is this should not have happened. 

We as people with disabilities need people who can look out for us. When I was a lot younger, I thought I could handle everything myself, but as I get older, I am noticing that it is better to have somebody to look out for us. I am not saying that we cannot do that ourselves, but it is to be safe than sorry. If you have your own thoughts about this, please tell us. There is no wrong solution to the problem. 

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One of my friends gave me an article about research being done at the University of Washington on making robots feeding people. The article said that there were about a million people who needed to be fed in 2010. That number one is growing every year. 

Is This Real?

A robot would solve many people’s issues. I can eat when I want. Right? Not so fast – there are so many issues arise with this idea of having a robot feeding someone. Who will prepare the food? Who will get the person ready to be fed? With me, I use a head pointer to communicate during the day and I need to take it off during eating. 

The research is focusing on how to pick up different kinds of food. Some food has to be stabbed a certain way and other types of food you have to pick up a different way. The article talks about the ways that the robot has to learn how to pick up all kinds of food. This is awesome to accomplish – there is no question in my mind. I would give them an “A” for effort.

Independence

Although this sounds wonderful and helps with independence, can this truly solve the feeding problem. I would say for some people, it could, but for most people, it won’t. For the people who are like me, we can’t sometimes keep the food in, so the person has to put the food back in. The food might not be on the plate, so the robot can’t find the food. 

The most critical part of feeding is keeping the person clean. There are some feeders who don’t care what the person looks like. To me, this is sad because the person most likely is in a wheelchair and people often are scared at the person. If the feeder is not wiping the person’s face, people will just move away. I had that happen too many times and sometimes I just stop eating because I get embarrassed. I am not saying it is the people’s fault in moving but it is the feeder’s fault for not wiping. 

Can Robots Replace People?

Another concern is what if the person has trouble with the food and only the robot is there. What would happen then? Sometimes something sounds great but in reality, it is not. There are too many things that could go wrong. Should this kind of research continue? I don’t know what the answer is. Sometimes it would be good to have, but how much would the robot cost? At this point, it is just research for now, but some of the research could go to something else in theory.

There is one huge drawback with having a robot feeding you is there is no conversation while you eat. Some people do eat alone. This is true but a lot of time they are traveling for work or don’t have a family. You might be saying that people with disabilities usually don’t have a family. Although this is true, my point is this. A lot of people with disabilities don’t get out and socialize so having someone feed them gives them time to enjoy laughter.

Will Robots Ever Feed?

I don’t think there is no definitely answer if a robot can feed a person. In time, I might think it will be possible. I bet this is like when they first had the idea of the power wheelchair. When they started designing it, people might have told them that they were nuts. Now look at today, a power wheelchair is a common thing. Will robots feed people on regular basis? We have to see what the future will bring.

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March is Cerebral Palsy awareness month. I know you are saying so what – it is just a month that does nothing important. I feel that too since we don’t see much improvement in treatments per se, but we are seeing a lot of news about kids with Cerebral Palsy doing something great. 

Two Boys

One teenager who has Cerebral Palsy and is the captain of his school weight lifting team. His coach videoed him in practice and it went viral. Another boy in junior high is walking around with a walker instead of a wheelchair. These two stories might sound funny, but for these boys, it is a great achievement. I feel that people see something like these, they say how nice and blow it off. 

My Own Achievement

I remember one time – I was around eleven years old and I just had an operation on my hamstrings. My physical therapist at Easter Seal made a bet with me. If I stood handing onto a chair all by myself for a certain number of minutes, we would go to McDonald’s. What kid does not like McDonald’s? I loved McDonald’s, so I accepted the bet and accomplished it. I was the happiest boy on the planet.

People look at others who win the World Peace Prize or win the gold medal in the Olympics as great. They are great. There is no question about it, but people with Cerebral Palsy are great in their own way. So, is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month helpful? The answer is yes. It is a time to show that Cerebral Palsy is a condition that can be overcome by hard work and support by one’s family.

Parents

For me, if my parents did not love me and did not push me, I would not be able to do what I am. That means a lot to me. I just ran across an article about a woman who had Cerebral Palsy and died in November. It was because she had been neglected by her mom and two other women. They are charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile. As I read the article, I thought how anyone in their right minds could do something like this?

Cerebral Palsy Month

If you are still thinking that Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is dumb, please think again. I don’t know the reason why they murdered the young woman. Most likely, they were taking care of her for years and got tired of it and had to end it. The article didn’t give a reason, but that is my opinion.

This month is to educate people about Cerebral Palsy so things like this will not happen again, but we know it will happen again. We also know that CP effect people really different so if someone knows a person with mild case of CP and meet a person with a sereve case of it, the person will be shocked. It is not the fault of the person who is shocked. Even I sometimes am shocked if I meet someone who has Cerebral Palsy really sereve It is not my fault to be surprised. 

The News

That is how big difference CP can be from a person to another. When a family finds out their child has Cerebral Palsy, it is really scary to find out and don’t know how it will affect your child. When my parents found that I had CP, my mom cried all the way home and my dad didn’t know why. He didn’t even know what it was. He just thought that I would get better. After they did research, he finally realized I would never be a normal son. 

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I ran upon an article about giving funding for therapy to children with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida in Utah. If the bill passes into law, it would be the first law in the country that would allow money for therapy. I think that this is awesome in so many ways.

Cost for Therapy

First, therapy sometimes would cost $50 or more per session. This might seem to be high, but is it? A therapist cannot be someone off the street rather therapists go to school to become an expert. They don’t make a really good salary. You have to remember that the organization has bills to pay among other things. Do I think that the cost of therapy is too high? Yes, I do, but I do understand what the organizations have to do to stay in business.

If this bill passes, it will really help families. Some children require physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. If one therapy costs $50 and the child needs all three therapies, it would cost the family $150 a week. Now $50 most likely is low so it might be much higher

CP and Therapy

People don’t realize that children with CP need ongoing therapy because without being properly stretched out, their bodies will tighten up again. Between therapy sessions, the parents have to give the child therapy as well. So, this is ongoing process to allow the child to improve their lives.

Lawmakers

I think that Utah is doing something that all the state ought to be doing. The reason why I say this is because if the child learns how to do something on their own, down the line, they might not require a lot of help. Yes, this is not the answer for sure, but without having therapy the child’s body will be worse. The lawmakers don’t understand this at all because they only see money going out. Yes, money is going out, but at what rate is it going out?

It is so difficult to figure out how much money is going out. If the child has therapy, the money is going out earlier then a child without therapy. Later in life, the child who had no therapy might have more medical issues. I don’t know how true this is, but this seems more logical to me.

Staying Healthy

Let’s just forget the money for a few seconds. Therapy helps children and adults to feel better overall. When I had therapy, I felt much better after it, and besides that, I ate better. Now, what does eating better do to the body? It helps the body to stay healthy and strong. Is this what the parents want for their child? Absolutely, who wouldn’t? Having therapy, it sparks independence.

Independence

Now, independence is the key for therapy. Without therapy, a child won’t be able to see what they could do. I had therapy since the age of three until I got out of college. I saw progress throughout my early years, so I knew if I wanted something, I had to work for it. We never saw huge progress, but I did not have to see huge gains to push myself to be more independent. That was why I went away to college because I had the drive stemming from having therapy. 

I think that parents never realize what therapy is doing to their families until they step back and think about it. For me, I hated it so much that we had major fights. Looking back, I was wrong in fighting, but kids don’t realize what is good until they grow up. Parents, please don’t stop giving your children therapy because they hate it. It is necessary for their future. I hope Utah will pass this law because it will change many lives for the better. 

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What is Walmart doing? I ask the question again – what the heck is Walmart doing? They are doing away with greeters around the country. I personally know one of the greeters who was let go after twenty years. You are asking what are greeters? They are employees who are by the doors welcoming people in and saying come back soon.

Why Am I Mad?

Why am I so mad at this? I don’t work for Walmart, but I heard of three people who were let go around the country. One guy, who was let go, lives in the same building that I do. All three people who were let go have Cerebral Palsy. People just think that people with disabilities can get a job easy. That is so wrong. Trust me – it will be ten years in a few days since I lost my job as a programmer analyst. Right after that, I put in applications left and right and had zero job offers. 

The Economy

The real thing that burns me is the economy is doing awesome and Walmart is letting people who love their jobs. Knowing how people with disabilities are, they cherish their work. Being a greeter, it would be very boring to me, but these people who just lost their jobs, love their work. It gets them out in the community and socialize. 

What Did Walmart make in 2017?

Another thing that burns me is that in 2017, Walmart made a profit of $128,947,000. Doug McMillin, Walmart’s CEO, made 1,200 times the salary of the median Walmart worker during the same year. We know that they are not hurting financially. Yes, they are competing with Amazon, but they will always be in competition. It’s not breaking news. So, letting greeters go will not make a huge difference. If they truly want to cut costs, don’t you think that they should start with the top and work their way down and not the other way around? 

Stats

Time after time, I show that people with disabilities actually do help a company. Why is Walmart not looking at the facts? The only reason that I can think of is that they don’t want to help the people with disabilities anymore. When they started hiring greeters, they were so happy helping people with disabilities and now they are turning their backs on people with disabilities.

What Can We Do?

So please help me to show Walmart that they are hurting the disability community by signing a petition to tell Walmart what they are doing is totally unfair and they have to rethink their plan with the greeters. If they don’t, they will lose thousands of customers. We have to stand up for what is morally right.

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These days bullying is getting worse and it is not improving. Bullying is not new – it’s going on for decades. My dad was bullied when he was a teenager and he is almost 90 years old. In his time, kids did it for fun and would forget it. Today kids can do more damage than in dad’s time or even my time. 

I Was Bullied at School

Yes, I have been bullied in high school, but it was not like today. I had my second power wheelchair and I was not good at driving it especially when the halls were jam packed with students. Naturally, I got the finger and was called names. After the moment, it would be forgotten. That was what I remember it to be.

Technology

With technology growing, bullying is seen by more students than ever before. When I was in high school, one or two students would see it and the other students really didn’t care what happened. Today students have their phones in their hands, so it is easy to take a picture and send it to others. Rather having a good few students seeing it, now you have a few hundred students or more seeing it. The incident has grown into a big mess. It just happens with one button press. 

13 Reasons Why

I just watched the series on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why”. It is about a teenager girl who took her life after been being bullied. Before she killed herself, she recorded what made her to do it. It was not just one thing that lead her to do it, but it turned out that many things caused it. 

When I watched it, there was one thing that came to my mind, and that was, where was God in all of this? He was nowhere to be found. The jocks were using the girls all the time. They didn’t know what rape was. Besides the parents were not involved in their kids’ lives. When the kids said they have to go somewhere, they just let them go. 

Controlling Bullying

What can we do to lessen bullying? Some people want to eliminate bullying all together, but in my opinion, that won’t happen. You can ask why not. It is because we are all human beings and have flaws. You then can ask how do we slow it down.

First of all, get involved in your kids’ lives. Don’t act like you know your kids very well. Ask them the hard questions and listen to their answers. Also, you have to watch their bodies because when they lie, you can notice it. Another thing is to have dinner together. I don’t care if it is only one night but have it on your calendar. If something comes up, tough. Family time is so important that it cannot be canceled. 

Social Media

Parents should be on their kids’ social media or don’t let them have it at all. I am sure that some parents would say that I am cruel. I would like to be cruel and still have my kids safe. In the series, the parents of the teenage girl didn’t know her at all. Why was that? There was no communication between them. Yes, kids do need privacy of course, but they also need guidance. When I got my condo, I was 41 and the first few years, my dad watched me like a hawk with my money and what I was doing. I hated it a lot, but it did help me to be a better person with money. I am not saying that I am awesome with money, but I can control it a lot better. 

Teenagers with Disabilities

What if one of your kids has a disability and is being bullying, what do you do? Your teenager might have a mild case of CP and walk around with a limp. That limp is the cause of the bullying because students are calling your teenager old man or old woman. You are thankful that they can walk around but at the same time, you know your teenager might lose their want to walk. What should you do? I would keep giving them the confidence to walk. The bible says that life is a race and we have to cheer each other on. My mom always cheered me on no matter what happened. To me, that helped a lot and even now I can hear her cheering from heaven.

If you still see your teenager struggling with the bullying, you should go to the school, and talk to them about it. You are your teenager’s voice when it comes to bullying. I think that all parents should be a part of their kids’ education and I don’t just mean if they have a disability. I talk about this a lot in my talk about education because it is really important. 

Praying

Another thing that is a must, is pray for your kids. I know it sounds a dumb idea, but it really helps. Knowing that your kids are in God’s hands and will guide them through the rough times. With God by their side, they will be safe and overcome the hurtful comments they hear. Sometimes I feel if we can get back to morals and respect, most of our troubles will go away. If you don’t think that, I challenge you to try to change your life and see if it makes a difference. I know it is really hard, but I see a difference in my life. 

Bullying is not just for kids, but it happens to everybody. You might not think you are bullying other people. Sometimes we are looking at life through rose color glasses. We have to see look how it really is. Yes, it might be really hard, but we have to see the truth in us so that we can change. Take a few days to reflect on this post and then try to make the change that you feel is necessary. Remember one thing and that nobody should be bullied ever. 

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The United Kingdom has done research on adults with Cerebral Palsy and depression. They say there are a higher number of people with Cerebral Palsy and who have depression than other people. They seem to be trying to link Cerebral Palsy and depression together. 

Before I go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a doctor and this post is just my observation through my life and see what God has done in my life. I also know somewhat life in the United Kingdom is like by watching videos and reading articles on the internet. With that being said, I am not saying this is going to make sense or not.

Research Findings

In the article on “Cerebral Palsy News Today”, they reviewed some findings that were published in the JAMA Neurology. Researchers showed that living with a long-term disability such as Cerebral Palsy is associated with a wofold to threefold increase in the likelihood of having depression or anxiety. Since Cerebral Palsy happens around birth, it is a long-term disability.  

They used 4.4 million people in this research which was 7% of the United Kingdom. This population was gathered from 1987 to 2015. From this population, there were 1,705 adults with Cerebral Palsy and 5,115 adults without CP. They found that depression and anxiety occurred in 19.6% and 16.2% of adults with Cerebral Palsy and without intellectual disability compared to 17% and 13.4% in the matched control. The research also showed that people with Cerebral Palsy and an intellectual disability had a lower risk of having depression or anxiety. There was 13.3% and 12.2% compared to the matched control which was 16.6% and 14.3%. The article said that they have to do more research to understand why.

Depression and Anxiety

There is an abundance of depression and anxiety around the world. Everybody seems to know someone who has depression. It is getting worse as the time goes on. I have an idea of why this is happening and that is the family is falling apart and there is no support within the family. So, nobody is helping each other. Years ago, the family would have dinner together and discuss the day.

Decrease of the Family

Today the family is running the kids off to practice so they have to pick up dinner on the way. The conversation is not happening at all. Kids are seeing a lot of things at school that they should not see. They don’t know if it is good or bad because the parents are not teaching their kids at home. They are relying on the school to teach them. Who knows what the school is teaching them? Are they teaching something that is against your beliefs? The parents are not looking at the homework that their kids have because they sometimes don’t have the time to look at it. It makes me sad because my parents helped me to learn. Naturally, they had to help because I couldn’t turn the pages, but there were a few times that I didn’t want to study anymore. They encouraged me to push on.

Doing Away with God

Another thing that is missing from our lives is God. People can say that God is not real. I see signs in my life that shows that God is real, and I have a purpose in life. If you do not have a purpose in life, what helps you to get up in the morning? That’s right – nothing!

UK and US

In the United Kingdom and in this country, the government wants to break up the family and turn their backs on God. Why are these things happening? If the family does not exist, people will be more like robots which do things that someone tells them to do. 

People are not robots and we want the love of the family to help us to grow. The United Kingdom population is not growing as it should. If there is no growth within the family, the individuals will get depressed and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Some Thoughts

The research shows that people with Cerebral Palsy have a higher chance of getting depression and anxiety. Let’s just talk about facts. People who have disabilities don’t get out and socialize. They rely on people visiting them. If the family is small and is not bonding together, the person with a disability is alone a lot. Naturally, the person will get depressed. When I don’t have company over, I get depressed, but it is not caused by my Cerebral Palsy. People need other people who love them around. 

To say that Cerebral Palsy and depression are linked together, it is ridiculous. I think we have to look at why the family is running falling apart. Just maybe we could help people with depression. Taking drugs will help so much and we will not get to the root of depression. We know that there is an unbalanced chemical in the brain. Our amazing body can help itself if we give it the love that we need. I am saying that this is my opinion and I can be way off base, but this is what I believe in. If you have a different opinion, please leave it in the comments below. 

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