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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

After reading the above information ask yourself “why would I choose any other realtor”?

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

How To Recognize Schizophrenia Symptoms ~ NAMI a non profit that offers help!

Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects 2.4 million Americans in a given year and more than 24 million people worldwide. 

 Research suggests that men and women are at equal risk of developing the disease, which occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world. At this time, no one knows exactly what causes the disease or why it affects some and not others. Just like people who have arthritis or migraines, it’s not your fault that you have schizophrenia. No one is to blame. Nobody knows for sure what causes schizophrenia. Research suggests that it may be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. An imbalance in these chemicals can cause messages in the brain to get mixed up. Scientists believe that schizophrenia, like many other illnesses, results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The symptoms vary from person to person. Some may have many symptoms, while you may only have a few. Generally, symptoms fall into 2 categories. They are called positive symptoms and negative symptoms.

Positive symptoms are extra feelings that usually are not present. Examples of positive symptoms include:
  • Distortions in thought content (delusions)
  • Hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, or smelling things that others do not experience (hallucinations)
  • Disorganized speech and behavior
Negative symptoms are a lack of behaviors or feelings that usually are present. Examples of negative symptoms include:
  • Losing interest in everyday activities, such as bathing, grooming, or getting dressed
  • Feeling out of touch with other people, family, or friends
  • Lack of feeling or emotion (apathy)
  • Having little emotion or inappropriate feelings in certain situations
  • Having less ability to experience pleasure
There are things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Work with your doctor and treatment team to learn more about the full range of schizophrenia symptoms you might experience and to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Want to learn more about living with schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia Screening Test and Early Treatment Resources

The Yale University PRIME early psychosis / schizophrenia screening test is currently off line. We do, however, have a file-version of the PRIME Early Psychosis / schizophrenia screening test here that you can read and review and it may be helpful to review if you want to understand what some common early signs of schizophrenia are. Review it - and if you want to take the test - write down your answers and then read on. Most people who show some of these symptoms will not have schizophrenia - but are at increased risk for other disorders like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. Whatever the case, its important for any distressing mental health issues, to seek treatment as soon as possible so that it doesn't get worse. More details on the screening test (including details on how to score the test) are available here.
Note that this is just a "screening test" - it checks for early possible symtpoms but doesn't measure whether you actually are geting schizophrenia. If you do have any of the symptoms at a high level it suggests simply that you would benefit from getting a formal evaluation from one of the centers listed here.

If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, may be developing schizophrenia, a good resource to read over is: Schizophrenia Prevention .

We also recommend you consider visiting an
early schizophrenia and psychosis diagnosis and treatment center - click here to see the Worldwide list of centers

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.

Our promise.

NAMI promises to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Our passion.

Because mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children--or 60 million Americans--NAMI will work every day to save every life.

Our people.

Thousands of members and supporters are the face and voice of the NAMI movement--families, individuals, friends and businesses--who come together to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to combat stigma, promote awareness and advocate for others.

Our work.

NAMI stays focused on educating America about mental illness. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs for people living with mental illness and their loved ones. NAMI creates change and works tirelessly to advocate for an American health care system that ensures access to treatment to those in need.
NAMI focuses on support, education, research and advocacy to help individuals and families affected by mental illness. Learn more about awareness and support, NAMI's education programs and our advocacy efforts.

Our success.

NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization and is a lifesaver to many, offering help, hope and resources to the millions of people affected by mental illness. NAMI members and leaders are visible and formidable advocates, owning a well-earned reputation for taking on hard battles and winning them, ensuring a national commitment to research as well as access to services and treatment that promote recovery.

Our future.

To accomplish our promise to build better lives, NAMI will continue to provide education, support and advocacy programs and services that benefit individuals and families affected by mental illness in communities across the country.

What are the benefits of NAMI membership?

All NAMI members receive the benefits of membership at all three levels of the organization, including:
  • Membership at a NAMI State Organization, a NAMI Affiliate and the NAMI national organization
  • Eligibility to vote in all NAMI elections
  • A subscription to The Advocate NAMI's flagship magazine, as well as access to optional subscriptions to specialty newsletters and information at the national, state and local levels.
  • Member discounts on brochures, videos, promotional items and registration at NAMI's Annual Convention and many state and local conferences.
  • Access to exclusive members-only material on
  • Become a NAMI member

How can I volunteer with NAMI?

As a grassroots organization, NAMI relies on volunteers at all levels of the organization. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at or (800) 950-6264 for opportunities at the national office as well as referral to NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and NAMIWalks and NAMIBikes events in your community.

More about NAMI:

As a caregiver, you are an important person in the life of someone with schizophrenia. It is your support that can help them. Your care, along with medicine, therapy, interventions, and peer support, can be essential to helping a family member or friend with schizophrenia feel better.
As a caregiver, you may take on many different responsibilities. These responsibilities help provide support through the treatment process. You may assist the individual’s efforts to manage the illness when you:
  • Go to doctor visits together
  • Keep in contact with their healthcare professionals
  • Help them maintain a daily routine at home
  • Help them with daily activities
  • Make sure your family member or friend is taking their medicine. Watch for worsening symptoms
  • Have a conversation with your family member or friend to discuss ways you can support their treatment plan

Helping an individual with schizophrenia stay healthy

Schizophrenia is just one aspect of one’s overall health. A person with schizophrenia needs to stay healthy in body and mind. This includes following a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and visiting the doctor and dentist regularly. It is important to stay involved in the treatment of your family member’s or friend’s mental and general health. As a caregiver, you can do this by keeping their healthcare professionals informed.

Community and Education
1-866-615-6464 (toll free) —The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers information on mental illnesses and treatment options.
Healthy Minds is the American Psychiatric Association’s online resource for anyone seeking support or facts about mental illnesses. You can sort through mental health information based on an individual’s age, gender, and ethnicity.
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) —The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) supports people with mental illness and their families and friends.
1-800-445-8106 (toll free) —The Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers. Their programs support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
Mental Health America was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. It is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization for mental health and mental illness.
This site offers information about treatment options for mental illness provided by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. You can also call
1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736) if you have any questions about

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