Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Several police patrol units went to the Oak Lawn Hilton this afternoon after learning that a man who brandished a gun at his former workplace in Ford City in Chicago was in one of the hotel's rooms, authorities said.
Before police could locate the man, he had turned the weapon on himself in an attempted suicide, police said. According to hotel manager Rick Harmon, the man survived the attempt and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment and a psychiatric evaluation.
Police officers prepare to enter the Oak Lawn Hilton this afternoon. (Chicago Tribune/Warren Skalski)
Before arriving at the hotel, the man reportedly created a disturbance at his former employer in Ford City by brandishing the weapon and then leaving behind a suicide note, authorities said.
There was no barricade situation at the hotel, and no hotel guests had to be evacuated, authorities said.
"At no time during this unfortunate incident was anybody at the hotel at risk," Harmon said.
Both the Chicago Police Department and the Oak Lawn Police worked together to keep the situation under control and contained. They did not even draw their weapons at any time during the situation."
-- Wendy E. Normandy
Monday, December 20, 2010
Regardless of the time of year, Americans are stressed, and often it's job-related, experts said. Three of four Americans surveyed this year said they experienced an unhealthy amount of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's 2010 Stress in America survey released in November. The association didn't provide comparison figures for earlier years but said stress has been a continual problem for the last several years.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
And what is CBT?
It is a form of talking therapy that encourages depressed patients to exchange their self-destructive thoughts for healthier ways of believing and acting.
It is the modern equivalent of telling people (gently) to shape up, smarten up and take responsibility for their own lives.
Except that you could not possibly convey that time-honoured message with such stark clarity these days. Apparently, we are all too fragile to hear such sage advice: the shock might send us rushing to the medicine cabinet.
That is a terrible shame. All the antidepressant drugs and therapy-speak in the world cannot take away the simple, honest fact that life for all of us can be dismally hard at times.
For most of us, though, the healthiest option is to face our problems vigorously, rather than disappear down a black hole of antidepressant dependency.
That is an especially important message to spread during this economic downturn. Times are getting harder.
But instead of grasping for tablets, we would be far better off being encouraged to rely on our own resources — positivity and self-reliance.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1338340/Will-wake-deadly-risks-happy-pills.html#ixzz18C2lS3vm
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Duh. Didn't See It Comin':
Increasing levels of information overload from computer and smart phone screens cause a “bottleneck” in the brain and prevent any deep thought, according to Nicholas Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.
His comments add to the weight of evidence that our addiction to technology and the snippets of information it provides is damaging our ability to apply our power of thought in a meaningful way.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
"It only brings out the coward in people, and it's only making matters worse for everyone," Mundada said.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Meditation will not stop your thoughts. It will not empty your mind. Instead, proponents say, it teaches you how to replace the mental chatter in your head with stillness. This ability helps us live more consciously in the present moment.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
More than 45million Americans, or 20 per cent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, it was revealed this week.
U.S. government research showed that of those 45million, 11million had a serious illness.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
How Mean We Are:
Bullying is as ingrained in the fabric of our culture as baseball and apple pie. Telling kids to stop picking on others isn't very effective when they see the adults doing it. For example, many workplaces aren't much different from high school campuses with the harrassment, rumor mongering, sabotage, and shunning that goes on. Boorish behavior is encouraged and rewarded in business and government, hence your high school bullies go on to become bully bosses. Until society as a whole takes a zerio tolerance approach to bullying, it's futile to tell the kids not to do it.
Monday, November 8, 2010
By Dr Mustafa Kamal Sherwani
Dedicated to his India visit.
Don’t believe the hopes of the ecstatic world,
When you sit on the mighty American throne;
Try to change your country into a sacred place,
Make it shine with piety, as once it shone.
I know you inherit the legacy of a devil,
Whose hands are full of ravages and blood;
Who exulted over the wails and shrieks,
Who ruined the peace like a miserable flood.
Have an intent gaze at Michelle –your wife,
When, of Iraq and Afghan folk, you think;
Tell her 'someone will rape you in front of me',
Imagine her agony, and look at her horrific blink.
Cast an affectionate glance at Malia and Sasha,
Your lovely daughters of 11 and 7 years old;
Tell them ' I will be shot before your eyes',
Then face the truth as a person- brave and bold.
Bring to your mind the images of countless houses,
Which your deadly bombs have reduced to rubble;
The mounting heaps of the dead whose life has gone,
Like a slight breeze breaks a water’s tiny bubble.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, LL.D. Chairman, All India Muslim Forum
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Workplace mobbing is a 'virus' or a 'cancer' that spreads through malicious gossip, rumour, hearsay,and unfounded accusations. It is done with deliberate intent to have those targeted 'eliminated' or 'forced out' of their employment. Accusations of unsubstantiated 'bullying' can even be made against the target as the perpetrators realise the benefits of claiming 'victim' status.
Those targeted are often:
- Change agents
- High achievers (sometimes with public recognition)
- Enthusiastic (eg those who volunteer)
- Known for their commitment to human rights