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But mental illness is messy and it impacts people in unique ways. While a doctor can estimate the healing time required for a sprained knee ligament, the same cannot be said for a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

Each person has a unique experience with mental illness. While two people may share a diagnosis, their road to recovery can look much different in terms of medication, therapy and support. Success in the treatment of mental illness is most often found when the individual needs of the person are properly balanced with the right approach and level of support.

Could not have said it better.

Jul 27, 16

Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass says he'll prosecute the sexual assault case like any other case.<br /><br />"You hear the jokes, ‘oh good for him’ and that kind of stuff, but no, the trauma for either sex can be real and therapy may be needed,” said Glass. "It’s the first case I can recall that I've had where the sexes had been reversed.”

While I appreciate the fact that officials are taking this case seriously, and going to treat it as the crime that it is, I would really like it if the article used the word rape somewhere, because that's what this was.

But, it's still progress from people who would claim that he's just unlucky that she got pregnant, but that being assaulted wasn't damaging. There's too much of that.

Jul 27, 16

Should we stop using password managers? No. They are still much better than the alternative (password reuse).<br /> <br />Although, taking a second to disable autofill functionality is a good move because this isn’t the first autofill bug we’ve seen, and I doubt it will be the last.<br /> <br />Also, this would not work if multi factor authentication was on, so you should probably enable that as well.

Lastpass has already pushed a fix according to the update to the article, but I think this advice at the end of the article is pretty sound!

Jul 27, 16

"What he uncovered was a global, not-at-all subtle disinformation network of well-constructed hoaxes, heavily-produced YouTube videos, fake Wikipedia entries, and tens of thousands of bogus social media accounts -- many of which were designed to pollute the global discourse pool here in the States. The report went so far as to highlight one disinformation effort where Putin-paid trolls posed as Americans online, directing users to a fully-realized museum in Chelsea, Manhattan professing to show the "other side" of the Ukranian conflict (you say invasion, I say tomahto). "

It's bad enough that our own friends seem to post stories from fake news outlets that are put up as jokes, what about "news" that is planted and shared by people who really want to do us harm?

Be skeptical.

Jul 27, 16

The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) says in a new draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline that SMS-based two-factor authentication should not be used due to security concerns. "[Out of band verification] using SMS is deprecated, and will no longer be allowed in future releases of this guidance," the documents reads.<br /><br />As Engadget notes, NIST guidelines aren't binding. But federal agencies typically abide by them, and the private sector will likely fall in line, too.

So what's next then? SMS was a nice alternative because everyone already has a cell phone, and carries it, so having the code sent there made a lot of sense. If we move away from that, where do we go? Authenticator apps are ok, but they require a data connection to the internet. That isn't as easy, especially if I'm overseas or somewhere where there is no cell service. Now, to get into my email, for example, I have to attach my laptop, and my cell phone, to wifi just to get the code. Not impossible, but not really as easy.

Plus, once we move away from SMS, hackers will be right after those apps too. It never ends.

Jul 26, 16

"In May 2014, Shawe and Elting filed four lawsuits against each other. Shawe distributed a litigation hold notice, which applied to text messages and laptop data. However, he failed to image or preserve his own iPhone or laptop per the litigation hold, and deleted 19,000 files from the laptop before it was imaged pursuant to an expedited discovery order. "

He was the co founder of an eDiscovery company for eff's sake! To quote the young kids, I just can't with this.

Jul 26, 16

"Invalidation is triggering. It makes a white hot anger rise up inside. We want to defend ourselves the way we couldn’t when we were young. At the same time, we lean towards self-doubt because we’d all rather believe the abuse didn’t happen at all. Invalidation makes healing slow down and we feel like we don’t have a right to share our story anymore.

In the end, we can’t control other people (or the things they say). We can only control our behavior.

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” — Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching"

This is very true, and is something I try to mention often when we talk about whether a survivor should tell their story. I'm all for any survivor who wants to tell their story, but that survivor should also be prepared to deal with people who don't respond very well. OR not deal with them, as the case may be. In the end, our healing doesn't require those people, it only requires ourselves. So even if the response is invalidation, you continue down that path, and validate yourself.

Jul 26, 16

Randy Gregory was already facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. That suspension is going to be longer.

The Cowboys took a lot of gambles trying to improve the defense last year, signing Greg Hardy, drafting Randy Gregory, hanging on to Rolando McClain, etc.

Those haven't worked out well. We hope Gregory can benefit from treatment for his life, let alone his football career. But for Cowboys fans, these gambles are turning out to be increasingly difficult to accept.

It's been more than twenty years since the Cowboys were in a Super Bowl.

Jul 26, 16

"They might find out now and that is OK. I am sharing my story because my desire to help someone stay one more day by letting them know they are not alone outweighs any fear of what someone might think if they know I’m not perfect.

So let them find out. I am still the same person they knew yesterday."

This is something that I watch when others write, because I know that I don't face the same "risk" as some other bloggers when it comes to mental health issues. Mine are, for the most part, in my past. They were part of healing from childhood abuse, and as I started to both heal, and learn healthier coping mechanisms, the mental health issues have become part of my past. Not that I don't have to keep an eye on myself, and continue to do the things I learned in therapy, but it's not a continuing struggle either.

For other folks who are dealing with current mental health issues, it can be difficult to be "public" because, as much as we don't like the stigma, people do see you differently. I'm glad that there are some folks willing to step out and talk about it anyway. It's the only way we have to fight stigma, and to let others know they are not alone.

Jul 26, 16

"Some of Dropbox’s underused features include commenting on files, bookmark storage, podcast hosting, and creating photo albums. There’s even some pretty impressive team collaboration and PDF annotation tools that many people haven’t tried yet.

In other words, if you use Dropbox to its full potential, you could save yourself a lot of headaches.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, though. If you use Dropbox alongside a couple of other apps, you can easily automate a large number of repetitive tasks, saving you time, and shortening your to-do list."

Hmm, I do a lot with Dropbox already, but there are some serious things to think about in this article as well. Take a look and see of any of them could help you automate your Dropbox life!

Jul 26, 16

Because if you've ever wanted to learn a bit about forensics, you already know free information is hard to find. This article not only has a link to some free training, but also to forensic tools that you can use.

Jul 26, 16

"In these days of “clean eating” and “all natural” everything, there’s also a growing resistance among women to being “medicated” in general. “I hear from a lot of people who don’t want to medicate themselves for their mental health issues,” says Natasha Tracy, 38, a mental health speaker and writer who has been dealing with the challenges of bipolar disorder for 18 years, including periods of feeling suicidal. “Some of them won’t even work with a mental health professional at all because they know that the doctor will want them to take something. They want to believe that there’s a ‘natural’ way to fix this problem. If you had a problem like a broken foot, you wouldn’t expect an herb to fix it. People think a natural remedy will work for mental illness because it’s ‘just their emotions,’ but it’s biological; it’s in your brain. The brain is an organ just like any other. The brain is a very fancy organ and does a lot of things, but just like your lungs or pancreas can get sick, your brain can get sick.”"

The article is about women, obviously, but I think this sort of "logic" is something many people are falling prey to. The idea that they can simply eat or meditate their way to good mental health. I'm not saying the eating healthy, and other practices shouldn't be part of taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, but when you are talking about something like severe depression, and other mental health issues, those things need to be part of an overall health plan that also includes medically proven treatments, which can be therapy and medication.

We're losing too many people to suicide, and may of those losses could be avoided if we treated mental illness like an illness, instead of a character flaw.

Jul 22, 16

"Puck Daddy points out that the Islanders can opt out of their lease after the 2018-19 season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a Queens-area building alongside the Mets stands as merely one of several rumored options.

There have already been a few:"

We'll probably be hearing a lot of rumors. As long as one of them doesn't include Quebec or other places outside of the New York Metro area!

Jul 22, 16

I guess we know why he was dismissed now, and frankly, good. I'm glad.

But, it really is all on Mike Weber to replace Zeke now.

Jul 21, 16

"PTSD not only affects one’s mental health but it can negatively affect one’s marriage as well. The symptoms of PTSD can create problems with trust, closeness, intimacy, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving, often giving rise to the destruction of relationships. The loss of interest in social activities, hobbies, or sex can lead to one’s partner feeling a lack of connection or being pushed away. A PTSD spouse can feel isolated, alienated and frustrated from the inability to work through the problems and help his or her partner. Partners may feel hurt or helpless because their spouse has not been able to get over the trauma. This may leave loved ones feeling angry or distant toward their partner."

Lots of good insight in this article, especially if your spouse is dealing with PTSD. Check it out and know what to expect!

Jul 20, 16

If this doesn't convince you to use a password manager just look at it this simply. We are seeing more and more hacks aimed at grabbing passwords from random websites, not so much to get access to those accounts, but to try and run the same usernames and passwords over other websites and gain access to those accounts. For example, the LinkedIn breach contained some really old data, but how many people were using the same combination on banking and other sites? Turns out, enough to make it worth while for hackers to get that data.

So, really, to protect yourself from that, you should never repeat passwords across different sites. Good luck remembering all the passwords you have setup! There's no way.

Personally, I use LastPass, but there are other options out there, and you should really be thinking about it.

Jul 19, 16

Correa is not necessarily a master hacker, but got access thanks to a combination of lax protocol and a little bit of luck. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow used to work for the Cardinals before taking the Houston job in 2011. Correa happened to know his old boss’ password from his time with the Cardinals, which Lunhow failed to change significantly after switching teams.

It may not seem like much, but it is still unauthorized access to a computer system, which is the definition of hacking as a crime. It's probably best to keep that in mind the next time you want to guess your spouse's password to their work email, for example. (Among many other seemingly "fun" pranks you could play on friends and family)

Crime. Jail time. For dropping in and checking another team's scouting notes.

Jul 19, 16

Yeah, I go back and forth all the time, and there a couple of things that I commonly forget, so I'm sharing this for all of us who have to go back and forth between a Mac and a PC because of our professional duties.

Heck, this article is worth taking a look at just to grab the RedQuits app and close programs by closing the open window on the Mac!

What kids of everyday things cause you to pause or click around when you're switching between the two?

Jul 18, 16

There are 22 rule changes listed in this article, so I'm not going to even pretend that more than a couple would ever be implemented. However, I definitely think a couple of them should be.

For example:

2) After an icing, the offending team can't call timeout.

6) If a skater loses his helmet, he has to immediately leave the ice.

22) Shooting the puck over the glass in your own zone is no longer a penalty.

A couple of others probably won't be implemented, but I think they would really help the game:

8) After an icing, you can't put your goaltender back on the ice.

9) Overtime is 10 minutes of 4-on-4 and that's it.

20) Goaltenders have to serve their own penalties.

Which of the 22 rule changes would you implement? Any that are missing?

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