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What are good careers for stay at home moms?

I tried over 15 opportunities in the course of 2 years so I have some great information for you on how to find a LEGIT way to work from home plus a list of top 10 work at home scams! This post is a little long, but you will walk away armed with the knowledge you need to find a legitimate work from home opportunity.

I am a single mother of two little girls who are actually tugging on my arm as I write this so I will try to be brief. Many people are looking for work from home companies. All the scams definitely create a big problem. Did you know Yahoo Finance states that for every 1 real home career there are 50 scams? You have to be careful and I can show you how.

So the scams create a big problem but also, there is a problem of people misunderstanding the difference between work from home "jobs" and work from home opportunities. There really are not work from home “jobs”. To get that you have to start working for a company in their offices first, then they MAY allow you to take the job home.

Most of the work from home opportunities that are legitimate offers are not an hourly pay type job. They are business opportunities that help you in starting your own business from your home. What you should do first is to decide if you are simply looking for an hourly rate type job or if you are looking for more of an opportunity for additional income such as what you would make in your own business being your own boss from home.

Did you know that small home business have increased in the last 5 years by about 200%? People are really starting to realize that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Meaning, if you want to make the kind of money you are worth, the kind of money you deserve for your efforts, then you need to make that happen yourself. No one else will take care of you financially the way you would take care of yourself!

Legitimate small home businesses have some small costs involved, less than $500 to start is reasonable and I would stay away from those wanting $1000-$5000. It doesn’t cost that much to start and run a home business so you shouldn’t pay it. There are some great small home franchises that you can start for $50 to $100 bucks!

If you are coming across places that say free then I would RUN don’t walk the other way! They never are. I tried them many times and 3 weeks later I had to buy this and 6 weeks later that. After 6 months these “free businesses” had cost me over $800 on average.

After trying 15 things I now work about 18-25 hours per week for a well known and respected company with amazing credentials. And get this, this company’s motto is “Saving Americans, One Household At A Time”. This company actually helps keep Americans Safe and Secure by offering Medical and Dental plans at affordable rates that anyone can afford. This National Medical Healthcare Company has recently opened a new division called SecureNet where they help Americans Protect their children in a program called National Child ID in partnership with the FBI. They also help Americans get back on top of their finances with Foreclosure Avoidance, Debt Relief, Credit Repair and more. Whether you are helping people get much needed medical and dental care, helping people keep their children safe or helping people stay afloat in this uncertain economy, you can feel comfort and pride knowing you are working from home with a credible company that you would be PROUD to work with.

This is a nationally known and reputable home business which is what you need to make sure you are looking for. I have been with the company for just over two years now and I make over $3000 a month! In your first month, depending on how many hours you can work, I have seen people make anywhere from $500 to over $1000. And your income will increase each month because you get paid residual income as well. This is where you do the work once, but every month when your customer pays their monthly bill, you get your commission again. Again and again, month after month, year after year. That’s called residual income.

The best part is they have 401(k), direct deposit, life insurance and a benefits package most of which you get from day one. In addition, there are no products, no hard selling or pushing, no cold calling, no home parties and no telemarketing! That was VERY important to me. I absolutely love working with them and I can't believe I am making what I am making and in so few hours per week. The neat thing is there are other people on your team that you work with so you are never alone. You have great team support and you get to know the other people on your team pretty well. I’ve made some great friends working with this company.

I was a bit apprehensive at first because I know a lot of companies are not legit but this company’s credentials FAR SURPASSED any other home business I had ever seen. Our $25 Million Dollar Corporate Office is located at 5700 Democracy Dr., Plano, T

What are Gough Whitlam’s achievementss while he was Prime Minister?

What are Gough Whitlam's achievementss while he was Prime Minister?

Major achievements:

1972 - ended conscription during Vietnam War.

1973: created new government departments including Aboriginal Affairs, Environment and amalgamation of armed forces into Defence.

1974: Aboriginal Land Fund Commission, Australian Legal Aid Office, National Employment and Training Scheme.

New laws during the Whitlam Goverment included:

The Health Insurance Act 1973 established 'Medibank', a national health scheme funded by levy which provided free public hospital treatment and medical benefits totalling at least 85 per cent of the cost of doctor and hospital services.

The Trade Practices Act 1974 outlawed restrictive trade practices and ensured consumer protection and product and manufacturing liability.

The National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 established a service to plan and manage national parks in line with international standards.

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 enabled Australia to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination.

The Family Law Act 1975 replaced the existing grounds for divorce with a single ground, irretrievable breakdown of marriage (for example, having separated and lived apart for 12 months or more) and the extension of federal jurisdiction to maintenance, custody and property matters.

ps - I'm a librarian and all this information was easily found at a public library!!!

What are the symptoms of Chronic Depression (Dysthmia)?

What are the symptoms of Chronic Depression (Dysthmia)?

Chronic Depression (Dysthmia)

What Is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia, sometimes referred to as chronic depression, is a less severe form of depression but the depression symptoms linger for a long period of time, perhaps years. Those who suffer from dysthymia are usually able to function adequately, but seem consistently unhappy.

It is common for a person with dysthymia to also experience major depression at the same time - swinging into a major depressive episode and then back to a more mild state of dysthymia. This is called double depression.

Symptoms of Dysthymia Are the Same as Those of Major Depression and Include:

* Difficulty sleeping

* Loss of interest or the ability to enjoy oneself

* Excessive feelings of guilt or worthlessness

* Loss of energy or fatigue

* Difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions

* Changes in appetite

* Observable mental and physical sluggishness

* Thoughts of death or suicide

Who Experiences Dysthymia?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10.9 million Americans aged 18 and older are affected by dysthymia.

How Is Dysthymia Diagnosed?

If you are depressed and have had symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor or a psychiatrist. Your provider will perform a thorough medical evaluation, paying particular attention to your personal and family psychiatric history.

There is no blood, X-ray or other laboratory test that can be used to diagnose dysthymia.

A mental health specialist generally makes the diagnosis based on the person's symptoms. In the case of dysthymia, these symptoms will have lasted for longer and be less severe than in patients with major depression.

What Treatments Are Available for Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is a serious but treatable illness. Some people with dysthymia may do well with psychotherapy or "talk" therapy alone. But in some cases that is not adequate and your doctor may prescribe antidepressant medication as well.

Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.

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Chronic Depression

What is it?

Depression is a strong feeling of sadness. Many people experience depression in response to a loss or sad event. In these cases, an episode of depression usually lasts for six to nine months. However, when depression lasts longer, and the depressive symptoms go away for a short time only to return again, it is termed chronic depression. While everyone experiences sadness at one time or another, these feelings are generally temporary. Chronic depression is long-lasting, interferes with daily activities, and causes a loss of interest in things that were normally pleasurable to the patient.

Who gets it?

People who have a family history of anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder; are always anxious; or have an alcohol or drug abuse problem are more likely to develop depression. Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.

What causes it?

While depression is frequently a response to a sad or traumatic event, the cause of chronic depression is often not known. Factors that are known to contribute to depression are heredity, a chemical imbalance in the brain, and significant levels of stress. Heredity refers to the fact that people who have family members with any type of depressive disorder are more likely to also experience depression. Studies of brain functioning have revealed a complex system of neurotransmitters that produce chemicals that transfer signals from nerve cell to nerve cell. Some of these neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, are responsible for feelings of well-being. Drugs that correct neurotransmitter imbalances are very effective in treating depression, which supports the theory that there is some type of chemical imbalance that triggers depression. Chronic depression can occur when stresses in a person's environment become overwhelming, such as years of childhood abuse and neglect. It can also be caused by chronic illness, such as AIDS, Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, certain chronic cardiac conditions, and hormonal disorders.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of chronic depression may come and go, with periods of depression alternating with periods of no symptoms at all. Chronic depression usually begins gradually, with vague feelings of sadness that gradually build in intensity. The individual may begin to have difficulty sleeping, or want to sleep more than usual. He or she may experience changes in eating habits, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, low energy levels, restlessness, loss of interest in normal activities, decreased sex drive, feelings of guilt for no reason, difficulty maintaining relationships, and difficulty concentrating. In severe cases, the individual may have thoughts of death, or may attempt suicide. People with chronic depression have at least two of these symptoms for a period of two years or more. People with chronic depression are generally gloomy and extremely critical of themselves and others. They are usually seen as extremely negative people, who seem to expect failure and take no pleasure in anything.

How is it diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose chronic depression by common signs and symptoms. If you are seeing your family doctor, he or she will refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist, who specializes in mental health. This doctor will ask you questions about your physical health, home and work environments, and any experiences that would affect how you feel about yourself and others. The doctor might use a special questionnaire that helps diagnose depression. The doctor will also ask about any drug or alcohol abuse, or physical illness that could cause depression. If you are a woman and your doctor suspects a hormonal disorder, he or she may order blood tests to make a diagnosis.

What is the treatment?

Chronic depression is commonly treated with a combination of drug and psychotherapy. Drugs are used to treat the symptoms of sadness and to correct any chemical imbalances in the brain that contribute to depression. Therapy helps to resolve any personal issues that may have caused the depression. There are many different types of antidepressants and it is helpful to have a basic understanding of each type. One group of antidepressants is called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Drugs classified as SSRIs include fluoxetine and sertraline. These drugs are very effective in treating chronic depression because they increase serotonin levels, which contributes to a feeling of well-being. Any side effects, such as headache, anxiety, diarrhea, sweating, difficulty concentrating, nausea, reduced sex drive, and difficulty sleeping, are generally milder than with other types of antidepressants.

Another type of drug sometimes used to treat chronic depression is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA), such as amitriptyline, imipramine, and nortriptyline. However, these are not used quite as often because they have the possibility of more severe side effects, including persistent dry mouth, sedation, dizziness, and irregular heart rhythms. You may also have heard of a class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These include anylcypromine and phenelzine. MAOIs are so named because they block, or inhibit, the action of the enzyme monoamine oxidase in the central nervous system. However, they can cause severe and life-threatening side effects if combined with certain other drugs or foods. These include foods that are high in tyramine (such as soy sauce, beer on tap, red wines, and aged cheeses and meats), some over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, and both trycyclic and SSRI antidepressants. The combination of an MAOI and any of these causes a sudden and severe rise in blood pressure. People taking MAOIs must be aware of any food or drug interactions. One final category of antidepressant is the heterocyclics. These include bupropion and trazodone. However, bupropion is not given to patients with a seizure disorder. Tazodone can cause sedation, so it is often effective in treating patients with insomnia.

You and your doctor can decide which medication is best for you by reviewing your medical history and evaluating the risks of negative side effects. It may take anywhere from two to six weeks for you to feel the effects of an antidepressant. Antidepressants are not addictive. And, unless you are severely depressed, at risk for suicide, or unable to take care of yourself, hospitalization is generally not needed during treatment.

Just like there are different types of antidepressants, there are also different types of psychotherapy. Your doctor will help decide which is best for you, but all types focus on exploring what life experiences may have contributed to your current feelings. The therapist will help you develop special skills to cope with your problems. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT, or shock therapy) is only used in cases of severe or chronic depression where medication and psychotherapy have not worked, the patient is dangerously suicidal, or refusing to eat. While the patient is under general anesthesia, electrodes are placed on the head and an electric current is applied, through the electrodes, to create a small, controlled seizure in the brain. The seizure appears to "interrupt" the electrochemical processes in the brain that can cause depression and provides immediate relief. This procedure can cause temporary memory loss, headaches, muscle soreness, and confusion right after the treatment.

Self-care tips

Many people with chronic depression do not seek treatment because they don't want people to know they have a mental illness. However, with proper treatment, people with chronic depression can lead full, productive lives. If you suffer from chronic depression, see a doctor. He or she can help create a treatment plan that will help you feel the way you want to. If your doctor recommends an antidepressant, take the recommended dose at around the same time each day. Even if you are feeling great, do not stop taking your medication or skip a dose without your doctor's permission. Antidepressants need to be reduced gradually to prevent side effects. It is also important to work with a therapist or support group to get help with any problems that are contributing to your depression. They can help you develop a positive attitude and a new way of looking at life and your problems. Recognizing your symptoms and taking control of them is an important step in becoming healthy again. And, never forget that what you eat, the amount of sleep you get, and how much you exercise all contribute to how good you feel. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, call your doctor or therapist immediately. Also call your doctor if you have any negative side effects from an antidepressant.

This information has been designed as a comprehensive and quick reference guide written by our health care reviewers. The health information written by our authors is intended to be a supplement to the care provided by your physician. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


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