Really good treatment for bipolar disorder requires at least four components: a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, a social worker, and some sort of in home help. Many people would argue that a day program is also a good thing. I have bipolar disorder and I have a psychiatrist, have had a psychotherapist, and do have in home support services for house cleaning. I don’t have a social worker or caseworker and really could have used one. You also need money, even though you may not be able to work due to the bipolar disorder.
“Well, my mom said they never really took the time to talk about their disagreement. They never took the time to listen to what the other had to say. Besides, they always argued about everything anyway,” added SpongeBob.
Introductory rates can also be deceiving. We have seen reduced interest rates for 6 months! What happens after that? Do the payments increase in an attempt to bring the loan to term? Reduced interest payments may end up accumulating interest which in turn bears more interest.
Age: Puppies are blank slates and have had less time to rehearse and commit to unwanted behaviors. You can have real influence on a puppy by insuring that he or she has the continued opportunity to interact with other puppies and dogs after they leave their litter and by purposefully introducing them to as many sights, sounds and smells as you can (in a non threatening way) to help to create a confident, social animal. By managing their environment, you can keep unwanted behaviors from happening in the first place. But a puppy can be tough. They have limited concentration, they chew and eliminate indiscriminately and they require lots and lots of attention.
The case of dogs is not like the humans who feel comfortable even when sitting for long hours. Unlike people who can merely sit in front of the TV or use the computer all day, dogs are naturally active and they love to wander around and explore as their way to enjoy life. This is the reason why when your dog gets sick and worse is now immobilized, its sadness over its condition is clearly manifested. It’s as if your paralyzed dog is dead. It can’t go around and therefore can’t follow whatever provokes his sense of smell. It is prevented from running and playing with you if it wants to. In many ways, it stops living as a dog.
There are adults, and there are children. I am all for democracy, but allowing Kindergartners to effectively vote the child “off the island” a la Survivor just set wrong with me. This would be wrong even if the child didn’t have a “hidden Certificate III in Individual Support!” Lovable as kids can be, they lack experience in how to navigate tough situations. This is where they look to the adult who is in charge. Teachers not only teach our children, they are a role model in how to respond in situations the children don’t understand. And what message did Ms. Portillo send that day to her Kindergarten class? Ostracize the different one. Shun him, push him aside. Don’t seek to understand or help anyone who is not like you. That’s a dangerous message to send to children. No matter what side of the inclusion aisle you are on.
But is this enough? I don’t think so. There are millions of little steps involved. I firmly believe that if we smack ourselves down on the sidewalk and feel overwhelmed at the task before us it means we gave up.
What Mary reminds us is that we all need a Secret Garden to escape and regenerate ourselves. It should be a place of beauty and serenity, where we can find solace and solitude. Such a sanctuary must be created deep within ourselves, where we can withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the world. It must be a place where past and future do not exist. What we did yesterday, or last year, is past and gone, except for the memories that still flicker in our minds. Tomorrow remains nothing more than a dream. All we have is this present moment, which is the seat of our power.