Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
Common warts are small growths on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are generally harmless and painless and often disappear within 2 years without treatment. While they are often found on the hands, fingers, knees and elbows they can grow anywhere on the body and are more common in children.
Most warts are raised, round or oval growths that are rough to the touch. They can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin and may have small black spots throughout. Flat warts are usually found on the face and forehead. Warts often grow where there was a cut or scratch that allowed the HPV virus to enter. You can pick up the HPV virus from towels or surfaces used by someone with a wart.
You can spread warts on your body. For example, if you have a wart on your finger and touch other areas of your body where you have a cut or scratch, the virus can be transmitted to the area you touched and new warts can appear.
While most warts will disappear on their own and a...
There is a significant amount of research and anecdotal information about the frequency with which adults with intractable headaches or migraines also experience mood disorders. The two most common mood disorders reported by patients are depression and anxiety. In fact, an article published in 2010 suggests that there may be a genetic link between depression and migraine. In her discussion of this research, Teri Robert indicates that 47% of migraineurs also experience depression. (See Migraine and Depression May Be Linked Genetically .) Other research indicates a strong relationship between anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. (See Migraine Associated with Mental Health Disorders .) This is hardly news to those of us who deal with intractable headaches and chronic migraines. Discussion forums are full of comments from men and women with intractable headaches and chronic migraines who struggle with either depression or anxiety. While we may assume the same ...
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