Deb Mac

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Deb Mac
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head
Thank you so much for helping me to understand schizophrenia and dispel any stereotypes or prejudgments I may have had regarding mental illness. What an inspiring speech!
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Deb Mac
Posted about 2 years ago
Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
I agree 100% with everything Meg said. I very much lived a life like the one she described in my 20's. I was constantly dating, but looking for a decent mate. I met the love of my life when I was 29. I didn't feel Meg was describing 20's as a lazy period of time, but rather a period of time when people often feel they still have their entire life in front of them; there is no rush, yet all of a sudden their 30's are upon them. It is more difficult to find a partner and to have children at least for women. They do not have anything significant to add to their resume, not because they are lazy, but because they thought they had plenty of time. I just sent this link to my three kids who are in their early 20's just graduating from college. I hope they will heed her advice and make good use of their 20's.
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Deb Mac
Posted over 2 years ago
Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness
We need to eliminate the stigma that goes along with mental illness. There are a variety of reasons environmental, biological, and psychological for the cause. As a society we need to be more accepting and tolerant of everyone; there is always a story behind negative behaviors. My problem with the lecture was the unrealistic notion of catching mental illnesses before symptoms appear. In some cases as in family history or injuries where a mental disorder can be predicted maybe, but we already have issues with over testing in the United States; the last thing we need are more medicated students in my opinion.
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Deb Mac
Posted over 2 years ago
Is your college degree worthless?
My daughter is graduating in June with a degree in English. She was pretty much told the same thing. People often ask her if she wants to be a teacher, as if that is her only option. Her dream job is to be an editor; she wants to get paid for reading all day. :-) I think you should choose a major which interests you. No degree is worthless. I have a chemical engineering degree and for the most part was a stay home mom. I later went into teaching. Although I never used my chemical engineering degree it has helped me to see the world in a different way and to process difficult concepts. I wouldn't choose communications, because you think it is the best major for the job. Choose a major which interests you; a subject you want to delve into deeper. It will help you in ways you could never imagine.