Debbie Buczkowski

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How Does Depression Really Feel?

I have suffered from clinical depression for over three decades. Depression is a disease, a disorder, the manifestation of something fundamentally wrong in the functioning of my brain. I can no more will myself out of depression than a diabetic can will his pancreas to produce more insulin. As I …

Depression

This Is What Someone With Anxiety Actually Looks Like

When you think of someone struggling with anxiety, what do you picture?<p>Do you see a bubbly mom with an infectious laugh, picking her two boys up from school and taking her sister on shopping trips? Do you imagine a talented performer, illuminating the stage with her charisma and a guitar? How about …

Depression

15 Things I'm Aware of as the Mother of a Son With Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month. I'm the parent of a child with autism, and I'm aware that autism, like most permanent medical conditions, is life-changing. So far, hearing the words "your son has autism" was the single worst moment of my life (and there have been some bad ones). When we received …

Autism

68 Things To Know About Children With Autism

One in 68 children is now identified with an autism spectrum disorder. However, the diagnosis means something different to each person and family affected by it. "If you meet one person with autism, you've met one person with autism," Stephen M. Shore, EdD once said. In celebration of World Autism …

Autism 'begins long before birth'

<b>Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.</b><p>Patchy changes in the developing brain long before birth may cause symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research suggests.<p>The study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises hopes that better understanding of the …

Autism

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Special Needs

Nearly one in six U.S. children has a disability and the prevalence of parent-reported childhood developmental disabilities jumped 17 percent between 1997 and 2008. So more than ever, kids with and without a diagnosis are playing and going to school side by side. They seem to get along pretty well. …

Special Education

Autism Rate Has Increased -- 1 In 68 Kids Now Identified With The Disorder

One in 68 children in the United States have now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.<p>The latest estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than the CDC's previous measure, released in 2012, which found …

17 Things You Can Say to a Parent of a Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

I recently wrote an article about 15 things you should never say to a parent of a child who has special needs. While writing it, I had a hard time focusing on things not to say, and kept wanting to suggest alternative options, which is how this article came about.<p>As I worked on these ideas, I …

More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still in its infancy, but knowledge about the brain disorder, which is associated with developmental delays and social challenges, is growing in leaps and bounds.<p>The Harvard Review of Psychiatry published summaries on Tuesday of the most recent findings …

10 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety

Perhaps one of the most persistent struggles when dealing with anxiety is what people get <i>wrong</i> about the disorder.<p>According to Joseph Bienvenu, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, there are many fallacies when it comes to anxiety disorders, and …

'Mommy, Somebody Needs You'

Ever since we brought our new daughter home, her older brothers have been the first to tell me when she is crying, whimpering or smelling a little suspicious. "Somebody needs you," they say. I have no idea how this little saying started, but at first it sort of annoyed me. I could be enjoying a …

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20 Reasons You Should Respect My Child With Special Needs

Today's the sixth annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day, dedicated to raising awareness about an insulting word -- and respect for people with intellectual disability. Started by the Special Olympics, the campaign is on the surface about why the word "retard" perpetuates negative stereotypes …

This Is What A Migraine Feels Like

The symptoms of a migraine sound straightforward enough: An attack often includes throbbing head pain, sometimes localized to one side, which can be accompanied by sensitivity to light, sounds or smells, nausea or vomiting and blurred vision. But the reality can be hard to put into words, …

The Difference Between Stress And Anxiety

It’s safe to assume that most of us have experienced stress in one form or another, whether it’s a deadline at work, a family conflict or an important decision. The constricting, chest-pressing fear can feel never ending and can put us into a state of unrest.<p>With stressful elements churning in our …

What It Really Feels Like To Have A Panic Attack

If you've ever suffered from a panic attack, you may find solace in the fact that you aren't alone (panic disorders affect approximately 6 million American adults per year). But for those of us who haven't suffered from the heart-stopping fear, we may not be able to empathize with how you're …

18 Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Had Kids

The saying is that everything changes when you become a parent. Sure, I had heard that, but before I had kids I didn't truly realize that everything would change. Everything. From my hair to my clothes, how I chose my apartment to how I decorated it, how I eat to how I go to the bathroom, my entire …

How Do I Tell My Son Everything About His Autism?

So, we've got this guy in middle school now. And he is all sorts of cool. Savvy. Phrases like <i>let's play</i> have been replaced by <i>let's hang out</i>. He makes egg sandwiches for himself in the morning and wants to walk home from the bus stop alone in the afternoon. There is swagger in his neon-sneakered …

Confessing Depression

Sometimes life is hard. I think I'm luckier than most in this world, and yet I still struggle with my own demons. I suppose that's true of all of us, but not everyone faces the crushing weight of depression when things go wrong. I recently discovered that my dear friend is struggling to stay afloat …

Depression

Why Mommy Has a Tattoo

My 3-year-old daughter had never asked me about my tattoo until last week. It came up while I was changing. She asked me what the picture on my back was and where it came from.<p>I paused. Should I tell her it's a tattoo or just a picture? Should I mention that it hurt? Should I say I regret it or …

Parenting

Why Mama Needs to Be Alone

Mama needs to be alone now. Not for too long, just a couple of days. Really, you won't even notice that she is gone. OK, maybe you will. But really, it's for the best. You see, there are things mama likes to do that she just doesn't get to do anymore now that you are around, like, all the time.<p>Like …

Parenting

10 Islands Around The World That Are Really, Really Awesome

Ah, an island escape. Right about now we want to escape to one of these idyllic spots.<p>TripAdvisor's list of the world's best islands remind us that there is a world outside of snow and it's a world we very much want to be a part of.<p><b>1. Ambergris Caye, Belize</b><p><b>2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos</b><p><b>3. Bora</b> …

USA TODAY Mobile Apps

Apps that Go Beyond News<p>The USA TODAY app allows you to be completely immersed in the news with award-winning storytelling and photography, rich-media videos, full 360-degree experiences and virtual reality.<p>Now you can get the same great content, with zero interruptions. Download now and start a …

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5 Surprising Ways Stress Messes With Your Workout

<i>By Cindy Kuzma for Shape.com</i><p>Fighting with your guy or having your brilliant (or so you thought) ideas vetoed in a meeting can compel you to head straight to the weight room or the running path -- and for good reason. A serious sweat session zaps stress, releasing tension and anger, and boosting …

10 Photos That Will Make You Wonder Why Nobody's In Greenland

Greenland is impeccably difficult to get to-- basically, your choices include taking a plane from Canada, Denmark or Iceland, or stopping by on a cruise ship.<p>Yep, the world's biggest island is surprisingly a pain to reach. But once you're there, it rewards you with the luxurious feeling of …

'Once In A Lifetime' Ice Caves Form On Lake Michigan Shore

If you trek to the Lake Michigan in the next couple weeks and hike along the frozen shore, you might find yourself standing on top of miles of spectacular ice caves.<p>Photo by Tom Auch.<p>Tom Auch, a photography teacher at Northern Michigan College in Traverse City, Mich., did just that this week. On …

Trash Collector Has The Sweetest Surprise For 5-Year-Old Boy With Autism

"One man. One moment. Touching the life of an autistic child. Our hearts are overflowing."<p>That's what Robin Newberger wrote in the YouTube description of the video above. The clip shows a trash collector named Manuel pulling up to Newberger's house and delivering a new toy truck to her 5-year-old …

Animal Rescue Views Blind, Deaf Dogs 'As A Gift, Not A Burden' (UPDATED)

This gorgeous puppy here is a 12-week-old Siberian husky named Jesse. Jesse is deaf, and she's available for adoption through a Virginia rescue group that specializes in special needs dogs.<p>Green Dogs Unleashed -- operated out of Troy, Va., about two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. -- began with …

6 Signs Your Relationship Is Strong Enough To Last A Lifetime | Love + Sex - Yahoo Shine

It's a new year, which means it's time for new goals, new resolutions, a new you. But hopefully the one thing you won't be trading in this new year is your relationship. I'm getting to the age where most of my peers are walking down the aisle, where I'm witness to new and blossoming love. And …

30 Ways To Be A More Compassionate Spouse

<i>By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com</i><p>Flowers, candy, and back rubs are all great gifts to give to your partner, but if you don't bring the compassion into play, you're only doing half of the job!<p>But what does compassion really mean? Don't go running to Dictionary.com -- I want you to think about what …