My mental health update

My mental health update

Oct 10

I’ve tried to be very upfront with my psychological issues. On many different sites and across many different platforms, I’ve always strived to be completely honest about what I’m going through because I think that’s important. More people need to hear about anxiety. They need to hear how it can impair people, and I hope, by the end of my story, they’ll be able to hear how people can struggle but still overcome those troubles.

Many people suffer from severe anxiety that keeps them from living normal lives, I’m just one of those many, but I want to try and let people follow along with what is happening to me so they can see the struggle and see the solutions, whenever I find them.

Recently, I stopped taking my meds. That’s revelation one of this post. I didn’t like the side effects—everything felt gray and bland, typical of that kind of medication—it was the fourth set of meds I’d been put on this year, so I just gave up on them for a while. I haven’t told my doctor yet. I know the response I’ll get, and being anxious, I don’t want to deal with it.

The first week was fine. The second week was bad. The third week was reeeeal bad. I’m a pretty self-aware person, and I knew if I wasn’t going to face my doctor, I needed to try something or else I was going to start sinking lower and lower. I’ve had moments that I thought I was beyond help. I’ve had a few of the “don’t get out of bed for three days” moments. I felt one coming, so I decided, in a brief period of good mental health, to do something.

I went to a hypnotherapist. That is revelation two. I started getting hypnotism, which I discovered with a little bit of research is actually quite a respected field these days and capable of doing a lot for people. Since I walked through the door of my local hypnotist, I’ve had three sessions.

Results so far? I’m feeling better. I can’t say yet if that is temporary or not. I also can’t say if it is just the placebo effect. It’s entirely possible I’m just fooling myself because I want this to work. Hypnotism allows me to be drug-free and still feel better…I think.

At this point, I’m feeling cautiously positive about the choice, but I have now scheduled the big appointment with my doctor, so I’ll have more to say on this after I talk to him.

Regardless, you know I’ll be back soon, posting about my journey through the troubles of mental health. Let’s all hope I’m bright and sunny and not the least bit anxious next time. That would be a relief, which I could really use these days.

What to Know about Work Injury Cases

What to Know about Work Injury Cases

Aug 02

Have you been injured on the job? If so, you might be uncertain how to respond. The purpose of this article is to explore various types of workplace injuries and some of the steps you should take to ensure that you are fairly compensated for any physical or financial damages caused by the injury.

Workplace injuries can occur in any industry from welding to shipping to manufacturing, but the highest rates tend to be in jobs that require strenuous physical effort. Injuries can be caused by objects falling over, slips because of wet floors, machinery malfunctions, and many more. Any workplace injury, however, even if you think you are at fault, has potential for legal recourse. To be certain, you should perform your own research regarding cases like yours and contact a lawyer with any questions that you might have.

Immediately following your injury, you should seek medical attention. Many companies direct employees to a company-friendly doctor. Please note that you are not required to see this doctor – you always maintain the right to seek professional medical care from whichever provider you choose. Unfortunately, some doctors might give inaccurate diagnoses due to an allegiance with your employer. This is not always the case, but it is important to know if you are considering legal action against your employer.

Usually, following a workplace injury, your employer may request that you sign a release form. You are not required to sign this release and you probably should not do so until contacting your attorney to determine if it is in your best interest to do so. A company might try to unfairly compensate you for your injury and if you settle, you risk losing access to some legal recourse and potentially higher reparations. Please contact an attorney if you are unsure whether or not to sign anything related to your workplace injury.

If you are uncertain of the cause of the injury, you should contact an attorney with your questions and any information that might help your case. Often times, someone involved in a workplace accident will initially think that the injury was due to their own negligence or oversight. However, even if it appears that the injury was your fault, your injury may have been prompted by unsafe working conditions of which you weren’t even aware. Companies have legal and contractual responsibilities to ensure the safety of their workers by providing safe working conditions and safety training. If your employer failed to adhere to their commitment to your safety, they might be wholly or partially responsible for your injury.

In Texas, specifically, some employers might not carry workers’ compensation insurance. These are called nonsubscribers. Even if you work for one of these employers, however, you might still be eligible for representation and financial compensation. According to Williams Kherker Law Firm, “If you were hurt while working for a non-subscriber, you may be eligible to file a negligence claim against your employer to hold them accountable for your injuries.”

Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?

Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?

May 23

Breast cancer is already a challenge in itself, but there is another challenge that rises upon mastectomy – breast removal or deformation. The breast is one of the many things that a woman values, and totally or partially removing it has its own emotional and psychological implications.

According to the website of Bergman & Folkers Plastic Surgery, creating a breast that can come close in both form and appearance to your natural breast is already possible because of new medical techniques and devices – such as breast reconstruction.

If you have been a breast cancer patient who has undergone mastectomy, it is understandable if you want to consider breast reconstruction. It has a variety of benefits, such as the following:

  • A unilateral mastectomy, wherein only one breast has been operated on, may make your pair look unbalanced, and getting breast reconstruction can correct their sizes
  • Breasts with balanced sizes are more comfortable in bras and swimsuits
  • Regain your breasts after a bilateral mastectomy, wherein both breasts have been operated on
  • Feel happier and more confident of your body

However, it is important to note that reconstructed breasts do not feel the same as natural ones. The reconstruction process may also leave scars in the area. Because of the advancement of technology, these scars are minimized and some of them even fade over time.

These are little setbacks when you consider the benefits of regaining your breasts. You won’t be needing breast forms that will help your operated breasts fit to your bras comfortably. You won’t be uncomfortable in wearing clothes that can emphasize your unbalanced breasts.

But breast reconstruction is not for everybody. There are women out there who want to go all natural, and that is just as understandable as wanting to have breast reconstruction. After all, it is not the breast that makes you a woman.

The Benefits of Hiring Ghost Writers

The Benefits of Hiring Ghost Writers

Apr 06

Website owners understand the importance of having content on their websites. It helps drive traffic to their website. But for most website owners, writing content is something best left to the professionals. This is where the services of ghost writers can come in handy. They can help put your ideas into words. Whether you want to rank in a certain keyword or simply drive traffic, ghost writers can help achieve your business goal.

There are many benefits that can be derived from hiring a ghost writer for your business. For one, they can serve as your voice to your readers. They are able to adapt their writing style according to your requirements. Ghost writers will sit down and brainstorm with you in order to find out what you want to achieve in a certain project. From there, the internet ghost writer will know what to do.

In addition, ghost writers have the skills and the expertise to handle any kind of project that you will give them. If you are short of time and needs to meet a deadline, the ghost writer can deliver the output that you need within the time you allotted them. The most important thing is that you can be assured of getting quality work from them. They are degree holders who are qualified to deliver the best writing you desire.

Moreover, a ghost writer can be your partner in promoting your business to your target customers. This way, you can focus on the other nitty gritty stuff of your business. They will charge a very competitive price depending on the length and the amount of written work you require. However, you need to be aware of writers who will charge you a low price. This is a virtual red flag that means they have poor quality work.

If you want to become popular online, hiring a ghost writer can be an important decision that will make a difference between gaining traffic or eating the dust of your competition.

Common Defenses Used In A DUI Case

Common Defenses Used In A DUI Case

Apr 05

Getting arrested for DUI carries with it a wide range of consequences. Aside from that, it can also affect family relationships, your job, and your future. Aside from penalties and sanctions, DUI may also include a jail sentence. It may also entail suspension of your driving privileges and license. For this reason, you will need a strong defense team to prevent all of these from happening or even get an acquittal.

In a DUI case, the prosecution team will need to prove two things: 1) that you drove the vehicle and 2) that you were driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. Columbia drunk driving defense lawyers will use several defenses to acquit you of DUI. Here are some of the common defenses they will use:

  1. Improper Stop – this defense uses the claim that the officer had no probable cause for making the initial traffic stop
  2. Administration/Accuracy of Field Sobriety Tests – the defense attorney will also claim that the field sobriety test was improperly administered and was inaccurate.
  3. No Miranda Warnings were provided – the arrest may also be ruled improper if no reading of the Miranda rights was done. If this was not done, your lawyer may be able to exclude certain evidence during the trial.
  4. Rising BAC – the defense may also claim that the blood alcohol concentration was actually below the limit while you were driving and that it increased between the traffic stop and the administration of the test
  5. Challenging the police officer’s observations- there are cases when the defense will challenge the observation of the police officer as part of their evidence.
  6. Use witnesses who saw things differently-if there are other people who saw the arrest, the defense might use them to prove your innocence. They may be used to testify that:
  • You were not drunk before you got in the car
  • You appeared sober
  • You ran a red light because you were distracted and not because of being drunk
Understanding the Symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer

Understanding the Symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer

Apr 04

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that primarily develops either in the lining of the lungs or the abdomen. It is caused by asbestos exposure. A Mesothelioma lawsuit attorney will tell you that exposure to asbestos is quite common and people do not realize that they were exposed to. The prognosis of mesothelioma is very poor as there is no known cure for the disease.

The good news is that despite the poor prognosis, survival from mesothelioma is still possible such as the case of Heather Von St. James, a 10-year mesothelioma survivor. There are various factors that can affect prognosis of mesothelioma such as the cell type and location of the tumor, whether the disease has spread, and the general health of the individual.

The problem with mesothelioma is that the symptoms associated with it are similar to conditions associated with other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose. The common symptoms of mesothelioma include the following:

  • Trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Effusion (fluid buildup) in the lungs or abdomen
  • Anemia (especially in women)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of weight

The symptoms of mesothelioma may vary depending on the type of cancer and can be vague and mild even as the disease develops into its later stage. The symptoms are so slight that people often mistake it as regular aches and pains or symptoms of other illnesses. Before one can identify the warning signs, the cancer has already spread making treatment even more difficult.

Some symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other types of cancers, such as loss of appetite and weight loss. Symptoms only manifest themselves until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. It takes several decades for the symptoms to develop and may only impact a patient’s life until after the rumors have already started to spread. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed in Stage III or IV.

Understanding The Basics of Wrongful Foreclosure

Understanding The Basics of Wrongful Foreclosure

Apr 03

Having a home satisfies one of man’s basic needs—shelter. For this reason, depriving one of their homes gives the homeowner a reason for challenging any foreclosure. Losing their homes because of their inability to pay can be blamed on the homeowner. But wrongful closure is not. Wrongful closure happens when a creditor sells a foreclosed property in bad faith. In this article, we shall take a look at the basics of wrongful closure.

Wrongful foreclosures happen as a result of miscommunication between the borrower and the lender. Likewise, wrongful foreclosure is the result of the lender not correctly applying the payments of the borrower. There are several factors why home foreclosure can be considered illegal. Homeowners can file legal action if the following issues are present:

  • Failure to provide homeowners with appropriate notices
  • Lender bad faith
  • Overcharging homeowners for late payment fees
  • Predatory lending

A wrongful closure can have a huge impact on the credit score of a borrower. It will appear as foreclosure and thus will result to a decrease in the credit score of the borrower. A court order will remove the wrongful foreclosure from the borrower’s credit score but this can take a long time. These lawsuits may be as short as 10 months to as long as 24 months. If the borrower is within their legal rights to receive, an injunction will be issued by the court.

If the lawsuit is successful, borrowers may be eligible to receive monetary damages for the difficulties they experienced as a result of the wrongful closure. The amount of compensation will depend on the value of the property. Aside from monetary compensation, the borrower may also receive compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages for the fraudulent, coercive, or malicious actions of the borrower. If the borrower wins in the case, the lender will be ordered to stop selling the house and pay all the legal expenses of the borrower.

Reducing Motorcycle Accidents With Better Technology

Reducing Motorcycle Accidents With Better Technology

Apr 02

One cannot deny the devastating nature of motorcycle accidents. Unlike other vehicles, cyclists are more at risk of getting involved in crashes and accidents. Houston personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher will tell you that motorcycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, these accidents have often led to injuries or deaths. The 2013 report of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 4,668 motorcyclists died from motorcycle accidents.

According to the website of Sampson Law Firm, being involved in a motorcycle accident can have a serious impact on both the victim and their family. In an effort to reduce motorcycle accidents, many companies have now developed different motorcycle crash technologies. Now, motorcyclists can look forward to safer and smoother rides. Here now are some of technologies for preventing motorcycle accidents:

Zero Motorcycles’ Mobile App

In 2013, Zero Motorcycles came up with a technology that paved the way for riders to communicate via Bluetooth. With the app, the company can diagnose mechanical problems of a bike even if they are hundreds or thousand miles away.

Smart Helmets

Smart helmets provide riders with “full situational awareness with GPS navigation, a blind spot camera view, and transparent heads-up display.” Aside from providing essential information to the rider, smart helmets can also be synced with the biker’s fuel tanks to alert them that they need to stop for gas.

ECU Tuning

By installing the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Tuning to their ride, cyclists can now look forward to smooth and safe rides. This technology allows smoother throttle and better maneuvering. ECU Tuning, however, is not recommended for every rider.

Anti-Lock Braking System

Anti-lock braking systems have now found its way in today’s motorcycles. Prior to the coming of the technology, braking in motorcycles has been more difficult and dangerous than in cars.

Adding these new technologies to your motorcycles greatly decreases the risk of injuries and accidents.

Major Causes of Industrial Fires and Explosions

Major Causes of Industrial Fires and Explosions

Apr 01

Fires and explosions in factories and other facilities can have devastating consequences not only to the employees but also to the whole business in general. The most recent statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that an average of 37,000 fires occur at industrial and manufacturing facilities every year. These accidents have cost $1 billion in direct property damage. Often, it could also result to many lives lost.

According to the website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., fires and explosions can be caused by several factors. Here are 5 of the most common causes of industrial fires and explosions.

Flammable Liquids

Some liquids and chemicals used in industries can easily ignite even with a small spark or even by static electricity. Workers in factories or chemical plants should always practice safety first when in their respective work areas.

Equipment and Machinery

Furnaces that are not properly installed, operated, and maintained can trigger fires or explosions. Equipment that has friction between moving parts can also be fire starters. Properly following the approved maintenance procedures should be implemented.

Electrical Hazards

Exposed wiring, overloaded outlets, static discharges, and improperly coded wiring can also trigger fires. It is one of the top five triggers of fire so be aware of them when working.

Hot Work

Any work that generates heat, spark, or slag can be fire starters and hence should be kept in isolation away from other fire hazards.

Combustible Dust

One of the most overlooked triggers of fire is the combustible dust. These substances can become airborne and when it ignites itself it can cause a secondary explosion which has the tendency to make the entire facility collapse resulting to damages and facilities.

The website of Ravid & Associates reveals that fires and explosions can lead to devastating consequences such as death or property damage. It is important for facilities to have safety measures in place.

Understanding The Types of Embezzlement

Understanding The Types of Embezzlement

Mar 31

In the corporate world, trust between employer and employee is very important. When entrusted with company funds or assets, you need to protect it all cost. Unfortunately, not many employees are able to do this. When an employee breaks the trust that their employer gave them, they commit embezzlement. Embezzlement is a serious offense that carries criminal penalties or even prison sentences.

The legal dictionary defines embezzlement as an act committed by a person when he or she purposely withholds assets or funds for other purposes other than what it is intended. Embezzlement can be misuse or misappropriation. The former refers to the abuse of privilege or position without a specific intent to steal. The latter, on the other hand, refers to the taking o funds or property with a specific intent to steal.

The amount taken by the charged employee will determine whether their crime will be a felony or misdemeanor. Each state has their own determining limits but most states consider anything more than $2,500 as felony embezzlement. This is often accompanied by stiffer sentences. The penalties may include restitution, wherein the convicted person is made to pay back the company the entire amount including the interest. If the amount involved is quitter substantial, the judge may allow the defendant to settle the amount until the debt is resolved.

A Nashville criminal defense attorney is well aware that embezzlement comes in different forms. Cash embezzlement is the most common example. This involves activities such as holding cash from a transaction instead of placing it in a cash container, stealing cash from unsecured personal items, or refunding stolen items for cash. Embezzlement can also include negotiable documents that are issued or sold by the company.

When reporting embezzlement, an employer should immediately seek legal help. Management is not allowed to question employees or take any action unless they are given the go-signal to do so. All information about the investigation remains confidential until the court proceedings end.