Archive | December 2015

‘Tis the season to be shopping

discounts

The only thing I love more than shopping, is a great discount. There’s nothing like going to the register and paying less than what you expected to pay. The feeling of walking out of the store with both, money and a great buy is incomparable. When I find a great deal, I just have to tell everybody about it. Like most people, my favorite time to go shopping is after Thanksgiving. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best times to go shopping, in my opinion.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to all of the extra shopping and discounts that the holidays bring. There are people seeking another type of discount, the five-finger discount. Theft in stores usually spike during the holiday season. People will go to extraordinary lengths for discounts, from removing price tags and replacing them with tags from a less expensive item to stealing the items altogether. People have purposely damaged items just so they could get it at a cheaper price. Stealing is stealing whether something is taken without paying or it’s discounted because of dishonesty. Sometimes people feel like when they steal, they are not hurting anyone, but this is not true. Stealing hurts the stores that people steal from and it hurts the employees that work there. Stealing also hurts other consumers. Theft causes prices to go up, so consumers pay more. It also prevents employees from getting paid more. Stores lose money every time something is stolen.
Proverbs 20:14 tells us about a dishonest customer. It says, ” “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer; then goes off and boasts about the purchase.” Verse 17 goes on to provide this warning, “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.”
Not only does theft occur in stores, but it also happens in parking lots too. One way to prevent this is by not leaving your shopping bags and valuables exposed, and also by making sure you car is locked. Parking in well lit parking lots can also help keep you safe. Porch pirates have also become increasingly popular as people order more items online. There’s no fun in hunting for discounts and bargains if it’s just going to be stolen by someone else, so have fun shopping this holiday season, but be safe. Happy holidays! xoxo

Trichotillomania

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The first time I’d ever heard of trichotillomania was in the early 2000s. I was watching an episode of Boston Public, where a student had been wearing hats to cover up the fact that she’d been losing her hair. The other students began to think that she had cancer until one day she’d gotten sick in class and coughed up a hairball.
After seeing this episode I wanted to know more about this disorder, but unfortunately I was only able to find very little information on the subject. I never abandoned my search to find out more about trichotillomania. I recently began my search again and found all sorts of information.
So what exactly is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania is a body-focused disorder which results in a compulsive urge to pull out hair strand by strand, often leading to baldness and emotional trauma. The hair pulling is not specific to a certain area on the body. It could be from the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or anywhere on the body. The severity of the disorder also differs from patient to patient. The eating of the hair after pulling it out is an extreme form of the condition known as trichophagia. In 2008, ABCNews.com reported that a 10 lb. hairball (trichobezoar) was surgically removed from a girl’s stomach in Mumbai, India. However, most trich patients do not eat their hair. Although trich is an anxiety/stress related disorder, the cause is unknown. It typically begins late in childhood or early puberty and primarily affects women.
Today, youtube is full of brave people sharing their stories about their struggles and triumphs with trich. BeckieO, a youtuber, said in a interview with ABC News that, “Pulling makes me feel better, but then you see the damage afterwards and you think no, that’s actually making me feel worse.” That seems to be a common pattern with trich patients. Shame, guilt, and embarrassment follows the pulling. I think that’s one of the reasons why people who suffer from trich don’t get necessary treatment right away. It’s embarrassing to have to explain to someone that you’ve been pulling out your own hair without even knowing why you’re doing it in the first place or how to stop. Trich patients are not helpless. 60 to 80% of trich patients can be effectively treated with behavioral therapy and medication. There are also toys called “fidgets” that are used to help relieve stress and to keep hands distracted from pulling. Trich patients sometimes feel that they are suffering alone but it’s not true. Several celebrities have also been diagnosed with having trich including Olivia Munn, Charlize Theron, and Justin Timberlake.
You can find out more about trichotillomania at trich.org. Also, you can head over to youtube and follow the trich journals of brave “trichsters” like BeckieO and many others.