Well, I am looking out of a window as I write this particular blog and I confess that just a few minutes ago, my chest was full of anxiety and a bit of anger. That’s nothing new, because at times that happens to all of us. I was truly full of anxiety. But just after that feeling began to get the better of me I saw a statistic online that spoke of anxiety in America and what it does and costs. Check it out:
“Anxiety disorders in the United States are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Some say the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world. The land of the Stars and Stripes has become the country of stress and strife. This is a costly achievement. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity, while our usage of sedative drugs keeps skyrocketing; just between 1997 and 2004, Americans more than doubled their spending on anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, from $900 million to $2.1 billion. The Journal of the American Medical Association cited a study that indicates an exponential increase in depression. People of each generation in the twentieth century “were three times more likely to experience depression” than people of the preceding generation.”
Wow, that really something. So, what does that depressing statistic have to do with bloggers? I’m glad you asked. As I see it, bloggers all around the world talk about subjects vast and dear to them. There are blogs that I read which actually cause me to have a different perspective on a subject. The blogs I sometimes read help me to finish my thoughts. Other blogs I read change my point of view. All of the blogs I read have a calming effect on me, as I read the earnest words of people just like me who have problems and heartaches just as I do. It’s at those times that I realize again that we’re all just people who through blogging voice our opinions, gets things off of our chests, help others with humorous quips and sayings or with prayers and encouragement.
So, my wish to all of us bloggers is that we can throw away some of the meds we use to just make it through the day. Let’s blog and talk about it more and then see the results. Thank all of you for what you contribute to my life. Here’s to all of you bloggers – BLOG ON! You are helping countless others like me to relax.
Traveling Jonathan’s way I’ve learned that many of his challenges have to do with his ability to process situations and also how he deals with changes. When he finished Kindergarten and went into the first grade, his reading had gotten really good. His teachers were so impressed with him, until he was asked to explain what he read about and couldn’t. Comprehension has always been difficult for him; mainly because to come up with an acceptable answer to the question “what did you just read about,” takes a longer time for him. His words won’t come as spontaneously as unaffected peers. In the first grade, to deal with his comprehension he would retreat into his world of “SPONGE BOB!” He loved the cartoon Sponge Bob. Jonathan possesses what his resource teacher termed “rope memory.” He can remember most anything. He’d begin reciting an entire episode of Sponge Bob to himself. He could do all of the characters, too. I thought that was amazing and was full of pride until I realized it was his way of dealing with not being able to comprehend. My Jonathan could recite every word of every character in the “Charlie Brown Christmas“ cartoon! His teachers and para-professionals worked hard with him and with me, too. Oh yes, Elmo and Thomas the Train were his idols. I was forced to make changes in his routine, which brought on a bit of conflict. He couldn’t play with his trains and cars except a couple of days a week. He couldn’t watch Sponge Bob often either. Charlie Brown Christmaswas totally off the table. He didn’t like that at all. But with a lot of help and support and determination we both jumped that hurdle and by the third grade he was more rounded and ready to experience new things.
Sounds bother him, too:
A door buzzer sends him into a frenzy. A door bell is fine.
The THX logo in the beginning of movies sends him over the edge, too.
Certain songs cause him to put his hands in his ears and close his eyes either until they are over or I turn them off. The problem here is I never know which songs might cause this reaction
Change is very difficult for him. He rejects even food if it looks different. Case and point:
The regular Lunchable® is what he is accustomed to. I bought the bigger Lunchable® and he totally rejected it. Why? His answer: It’s bigger. The regular Cocoa Puffs® he loves. The box that says 50% more real cocoa he shuns. Why? It’s too much chocolate. The Chef Boyardee® ravioli he loves. The store brand he won’t touch. Why? It’s different. I haven’t been able to breach this particular situation.
I am encouraged though. Why? He can open the can and safely microwave it by himself now and he always cleans up behind himself. More tomorrow.
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