About the Funny Farm
Here, you will get a behind-the-scenes look about how the Funny Farm came into existence, etc.
* The airplane was invented...and they laughed!

* A computer in every home...and they laughed!

* The Funny Farm came into existence...and they laughed!

Welcome to the Funny Farm...glad you're here...we've been expecting you!
"Welcome...I'm Dr. Sigmund Fraud
  Director of the Funny Farm"
The Funny Farm
An American Institution

You can always tell who
the new arrivals are!
Purpose
To raise awareness and to encourage American's to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness; discrimination against the mentally ill; name-calling; put-down of others and the negative humor that many times goes with it. 
Stigma: (definition) Shame or social disgrace
The Seriousness of Depression
I didn't know depression was so serious, until I went out on the Internet and
educated myself.  What I found out was amazing!
Falling On Hard Times
From May, 2004 to Thanksgiving week-end of 2006, I was dis-connected from the Internet and from my website because of health reasons and hard times.  You can read all about it here.  Suffering from depression for many years, I talk about it in a piece that's on the drawing board entitled,   Life In a Psychiatric Ward. 
Is there anything more frightening than the thought of growing old?  The possibility of someday sitting in a wheel chair, slumped over...not recognizing anybody...not knowing where you are! A frightening thought for sure!  Headline in the January 27, 2003 issue of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Journal reads:
Alzheimer's Study Making Progress

Headline in the  Albuquerque  Journal reads:  
Some fats fend off Alzheimer's

The Funny Farm Gift Shop
Colorful designer straight jackets; T-shirts; novelty items, etc
After I saw these little straight-jackets in the clip-art library, I had to bring them in and put them to work!
Remembering Manuel...(Alzheimer's/dementia)
I knew nothing about dementia until I was hospitized, and saw another patient with the disease named Manuel.
Is there anything else?.
UPDATE: July, 2013
Reminder about humor:  Research has shown, that one of the most important things all of us can do, is to have  the ability to laugh at ourselves, at all crazy and insane things we all say and do, which can lead to a healthier life!  The healing and positive power, will always be  included in my work.  And my promise is that I will always try to do my humor in a respectful and dignified manner...Jer
Life's Embarrassing Moments...   We All Have Them
Dealing With The Racists and Bigots of the World
Whether it be age discrimination, gender, color, disability or mental illness, everyone is going to have to deal with the bigots and racists of the world, etc. 

Drinking Juice May Stall Alzheimer's
This copyrighted article was written by Jennifer Warner of Web MD Medical News and came across on AOL on December 29, 2006; Drinking fruit and vegitable juices every other day, may keep Alzheimer's disease away. 
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Workplace Laughter Can Save Wear and Tear On Employees
I read an aritlcle recently that said that stress and depression in the workplace are at an all time high.  Laughter helps to difuse that tension.
How Humor Helps Us All With The Aging Process
How time flies!  One day, you're 25 years old and feeling your oats, and the next day you're 55 years old and preparing to enter the Old Folks Home. 
National Mental Health Information Center
Resources
* Youth and Mental Illness                * Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
* National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   * Suicide Prevention Resource Center
* Healthy Minds.org
Coping: You're Not Alone: Helping children understand mental illness
Mental Illness After Childbirth;
.U.S.A.com  Workplace quit quietly ignoring mental illness
Relationship Repair.net:  (Mental illness and irrationality)
Connect For Kids.org:  (no cure for mental illness)
Something Fishy:  Website on eating disorders associated with
mental conditions and addictions.
National Drug Intelligence Center:  Drug abuse and mental illness
Dr. Deborah Serani: Stamp out the stigma of mental illness
Parents MedGuide.org:  (Mental illness)
National Technical Assistance Center For Mental Planning:
(Mental Health Links)
Screening for Mental Health.org
Mental Health: A Report From the Surgeon General
Mental Health Associations:  Government/private resources.
At Health.com:  Medications for mental illness
Schizophrenia.com
Internet Mental Health:  A ton of links.at this website
Housing options For People with Mental Illness
Mental Wellness.com:  A history of mental illness
Father's Day Pancake Breakfast
Recently, I saw a short ad in the newspaper announcing a Father's Day Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the local chapter of the Alzherimer's Association.  I wanted to take my father to the breakfast, but I couldn't remember where it was to be held.
Pace-makers
What becomes of those used pacemakers?.
National Institute of Mental Health: (www.nimh.gov)

Depression.com

The Bright Side.com  (Coping with depression)
The Hurricane of Mental Illness; by Sherry Russell

Psychology Information Online (psychologyinfo.com)

FromAmerican Psychological Association.com

 
Cocoa Is Linked To Brain Function
Drink Must Still Have Flavanols
This is an article written by Randolph Schmid of the Associated Press in February, 2007

Health Benefits of Humor

* Helps to reduce stress                         *Protect the heart
* Lower blood pressure                          * Connect you with others
* Elevate mood                                        * Foster instant relaxation
* Boost immune system                          * Makes you feel good
* Humor helps to heal                             
From:  HELPGUIDE.org  (Learn more)
Graceful Exit
The article was written by Susan Brine of the Los Angeles Times, and the copyrighted piece was published in the Albuquerque Journal on February 18, 2007
MayoClinic.com:  (Mental Health/Stigma)
Mental Health and Stigma:  Coping With Ridicule:  Archaic stereotypes and discrimination are painful reminders that mental illnesses are still stigmatized, and it all begins with a label. 
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Mental Illness Causes More Concerns on Campus
The following article, was written by Matt Krupnik of the McCatchy Newspapers, and was published in the Albuquerque Journal on April 22, 2007. (The aftermath of Virginia Tech)

"Berkeley, Calif...The numbers are startling!  Four of every ten students have been so depressed at some point in the past year, they were not able to function!"  

Drinking Linked to Brain Shrinkage
This article was written by John Fauber of the Milwawkee Sentinel, and was published by the Albuquerque Journal on May 3, 2007
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Alzeimer's Forecast To Quadruple
This is an article, written by the Associated Press, and the copyrighted article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on June, 12, 2007.  I think it's a reminder to all of us, young and old, to pay more attention to mental illness, and to do our part to eliminate the stigma assiciated with mental illness.  None of us are getting any younger! 
  Closing In On Alzheimer's
This piece was written by Barbara Basler, and published in the ARRP Bulletin in the June, 2007 issue.  The country braces for a wave of new Alzheimer's cases, but science is on the brink of arresting the progress of this harrowing disease.  Dozens of new drugs are in the pipeline.
The Positive and Healing Power of Humor
Humor is not just a bunch of jokes gathered up from the Internet...humor is much more than that!
.World Laughter Tour Award
There are hundreds of websites that make up the World Laughter Tour, and I invite you to visit to learn more about the positive and healing power of humor.
Gossip/Hate!
Anger!.
Anxious!
Jealousy/Hate!
Depression!
Unfocused!
Ever feel like you're going
bananas?
'Normal' Person!
It's a jungle out there!
Melt-down!
Of the hundreds of emails concerning my website and my work, the following email sits right at the top in importance to me.  It's from a fellow named Wayne, who I have never met.  Wayne writes: 

" Greetings Jer; I wish to thank you for brightening my day a bit.  Your site was just what I needed in this time in my life.  You see, my mother passed away on July 2, and I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  Being the 4th of July week-end, we all had gathered at her place for a big bang and celebration.  Thanks for the laughs I had today...Wayne"
My Two Cents
Young and old alike, and after the unthinkable tradgedy at Virginia Tech, we should all think about the issue of mental health in our lives.  Everyone has to work together, to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.  None of us are getting any younger!
Research
  The Brain needs exercise, too!
This article was written by Bob Moos of the Dallas Morning News, and the copyrighted article was published in the Albuquerque Journal on June 15, 2007. 
Seniors stay sharp by flexing minds...
Facing a New Battle
Those are the headlines, in the Albuquerque Journal on October 5, 2007, when New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici, announced that he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate, because of a diagnosis of a rare neurological disease known as frontotemporal lobar degeneration. 
Book: Not Tonight...I Have a Headache!
.Get inspired...get motivated...get going!
Copyright; Jerry Aragon; 2007
All Rights Reserved
Food For Thought
"The best defense against Alzheimer's disease may come from your dietary habits."Article written by Richard Dargan for the Albuquerque Journal on January 27, 2008.
To all the young people out there...STAY IN SCHOOL!
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Alzheimer's Still Mysterious


This piece is so short and so important, that I decided to place it on the front page of this Section.  It was written by a staff member of the McClatchy Newspapers and published in the Albuquerque Journal.  The piece reads as follows;

"Studies haven't shown brain-boosting attempts fight disease

Exercise, dietary supplements and programs that claim to boost your brain power have all been marketed as ways to stave off Alzheimer's disease.  But there's no evidence that any of them works, an independent panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health has concluded. 

Studies havent't been able to prove if any of the strategies works to prevent cognitive decline, the panel said.  The reality is so little is known about the illness and the aging process in general, experts said. 

Researchers have identified certain risk factors such as age and the association of a genetic variant of a protein that plays a role in cholersterol...apolipoprotein E...that have shown links to developing Alzehimer's.  And experts hope to soon understand what role genetics play in the disease.  But more research is needed.

In addition, the panel found that diseases such as diabetes and depression, and risk factors such as smoking, are associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's and cognitive decline.  But it's unclear from studies if those factors cause Alzheimer's or are simply related. 

'Alzheimer's disease is a feared and heart-breaking disease,' said Dr. Martha L. Daviglus, panel chairworman and professor at Northwestern University.  'We wish we could tell people that taking a pill or doing a puzzle every day would prevent this terrible disease, but current evidence doesn't support this.'"
SOS!  My Serious and Silly Articles
Three of my most important articles are as follows;
EzineArticles.com - The Positive and Healing Power of Humor
EzineArticles.com - The Seriousness of Depression
AuthorsDen.com - Welcome To the Funny Farm (mental health)
I know there's one positive thing about Alzheimer's disease...
I can hide my own Easter eggs...
Joke of the Week; (click here)
Healthline
(Bipolar Disorder Center) 
(If you get a blank page...try again)
Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.