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New study finds connection between early use of marijuana and mental illness

I worked in a mental health clinic while in college. These statistics are very sobering. Schizophrenia or other mental illnesses are not something we want to see befall a loved one.

WINTERY KNIGHT

The Wall Street Journal reports.

Excerpt:

There is a significant and consistent relationship between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders. Schizophrenia is considered by psychiatrists to be the most devastating of mental illnesses. Patients who suffer from it often experience auditory or visual hallucinations, severe social withdrawal and cognitive impairment. Many require frequent and prolonged hospitalization in psychiatric wards.

Schizophrenia affects almost three million Americans—more than six times the number of people with multiple sclerosis, two and a half times the number of people with Parkinson’s disease, and more than twice the number of people with HIV/AIDS. Less than one-third of patients with schizophrenia can hold a steady job or live independently. A large portion (about one-third) of homeless people in the U.S. suffer from the disease.

Though they receive little attention in the legalization debate, the scientific studies showing an association between marijuana use and…

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A person simply cannot and should not walk away the same person after reading this.
Your message is powerful, and it’s delivery is eloquent, and poignant.
People need to read and share this.

SECOND POT

I should have listened when you talked

of growing up on the farm in Acushnet

and of all that meant to you.

 

I should have listened when you told

your tales from the CCC

and of all the exciting things you did.

 

I should have listened to your stories

of how you earned what little money you could

when money was so scarce.

 

I should have paid attention

when you wanted to show me how to fix a car

and tell me of your years as a mechanic.

 

I should have paid attention

when you told me how to hoe a row

and properly plant string beans.

 

I should have listened when you told me

what it took to be a man

of character, principles and integrity.

 

I should have listened more closely

to your dreams and hopes for the future…

and for me.

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Are You the Curious Type?

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   If you are the curious sort, you may enjoy refdesk.com. I was impressed by the ambition  of this site. They really cover a lot of ground. The links I have visited from there thus far, are quite useful and really run the gamut. Scrolling down the page, one finds topic after topic. It is a general reference emporium.

Do you have any favorite sites of this type?  Do share. 🙂

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Welcome to “thoughtboarding”!

Greetings and welcome to my new blog, “thoughtboarding”!

This is my second blog. The first (also rather new) is thebloggingdisciple.wordpress.com and is listed on the blogroll. There I’m posting about all manner of Judeo-Christian topics and interests. (Feel free to drop by!)

I needed a place to share some other interests and discoveries, and this is how  “thoughtboarding” was born.  This is a venue where I can share things pertaining to: health/medical issues, interesting stories, pets, music, the occasional recipe,  you get the idea, a mix. 🙂

At this time, I only intend to post a few times a month, since I need to paint my house, and complete a myriad of other projects this season. 😛

I’m still new at this, and there are a million things that I don’t know about blogging (ie where does everyone find images for their posts? stock houses? any in particular?).  I’m still learning how to maneuver in the WordPress environment.  Hopefully, I will improve, over time. 😉

I welcome your readership (is that a word? lol), your thoughts, ideas and insights.