One Man’s Life With 5 Identities

“When I was very young, I didn’t have any friends, so Dawn helped me and guarded me,” Lee says. Among the other personalities are tough guy Danny, who helped Lee get through his days in the U.S. Army, and Patty, who taught Lee how to speak with girls.

Lee’s journey is somewhat typical for people with DID, according to his therapist, David Baker-Hargrove, PhD, a psychotherapist in Orlando. Most have experienced severe trauma before the age of 6. “Young children, through magical thinking, can create people to come and help them,” Dr. Baker-Hargrove says. “Once the brain does this once, it becomes easier to do it again and again.”

Adult brains don’t fragment like a child’s brain does, which is why the disease has its roots in childhood, according to NAMI. People with DID may have as few as two alters or as many as 100, but the average number is about 10, the organization notes…

NY groups test toys, find toxins

But according to a report by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education fund. and Clean and Healthy New York, some big-name brand stores are still selling toxic products. Stores like Target, TJ Maxx, Dollar General, 99 Cent City and Children’s Place stores in Onondaga County are all selling children’s toys with dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in them…

Quotes from Robert F. Kennedy

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.

The Irish were not wanted there [when his grandfather came to Boston]. Now an Irish Catholic is president of the United States … There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.

The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering. [In an interview shortly before he was killed, responding to a question by David Frost about how his obituary should read.]

America, shame on you

America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent…

I don’t think shame is a good thing, but I wonder if politicians even know the meaning of the word.  To quote Pink:

“How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?”

I Want to Show What Depression Looks Like So No One Else Suffers in Silence

I found that all of that energy used to hide, to wear that mask, was draining me, but now I hide no more…

April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month

Just like with Black History Month, we should not confine learning about the prevention of child abuse to just one month out of the year.

If you suspect a child has been abused….

Keep calm.
Tell the child you believe them.
Show interest and concern.
Reassure and support the child.
Take action – it could save a child’s life. Report child abuse to your local or state child protective service agency, or to your neighborhood police precinct.