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Connecting Your Computer to a Television

The Benefits of Your SetupWhy would you want to connect your computer to your television? Well, one simple explanation would be a better picture and a larger display. Nowadays, it has never been easier to connect a computer to a television. With just a few connections, along with a little knowledge of electronics, you will have your setup in no time. The question remains, how do you connect your computer to your television? This overview can help you figure out the ins and outs of your complete set-up.Video ConnectionsThe most important aspect that you will need covered when you are connecting your computer to your television is your connections. Without the appropriate component connections, your picture will come out fuzzy, or you might not even receive a working picture. Moreover, if you do not have the necessary connections, you also run the risk of damaging your computer or television. Since most of the computers available in the market today carry VGA, DVI and the HDMI output, these are the best connections to use. The HDMI input will give you the best picture possible for your video display.Audio ConnectionsOf the VGA, DVI and HDMI connections, only the HDMI is capable of delivering both video and audio signals. Moreover, if you only have a DVI or HDMI connection available, then you will have to think of another way to get audio out of your computer, unless you are satisfied with the audio quality that your computer speakers will give you. If you are not satisfied with your computer’s audio quality, then you can connect your computer’s audio output to your TV’s audio input with an RCA cable or an optical connection.The Computer’s Operating SystemLuckily, the computer’s operating system has little or nothing to do with your hardwired connections to the television. However, some computer models will have operating systems that might be a little harder to set up. When this happens, it is best to consult someone who has experience in working with operating systems. The basic operating systems that will easily work when you’re connecting your computer to your television are Macintosh, Windows and Linux.Adjusting Your SettingsThe settings on your computer are just as important as the settings on your television. Even if you are off by just a click of the mouse, you might not get a picture on your television. Once your connections are set, make sure your computer is set in projector mode and that you have your television set on the correct video input. Your computer and television will give you options on the color settings and audio settings.The ResultsConnecting your computer to your television will surely give you great results. You will be able to stream movies from your computer and have them shown directly on your television. You can also do your computer work with the luxury of a large TV display. Another great advantage is that you can give your computer monitor a break and use your television as a monitor for a while. Following some of these tips on connecting your computer to the television will help you get started on your new set-up.

The Importance of Social Networks in Mental Health Recovery

Far too commonly accompanying a mental breakdown, is total isolation and alienation from one’s former social network; such an environment of loneliness and detachment is far from conducive to mental health recovery. The development of strong, progressive, and proactive social networks is instrumental for those suffering from a mental illness of any kind. Interestingly, the three major recovery-based nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand) have all adopted rather differing takes on the role of social networks in mental wellness.American practitioners host a Clubhouse approach to developing social networks for mental healthcare consumers. This generally means providing an environment where consumers can retire to for communal grouping activities. The environment is generally seen as a ‘safe’ place, which offers support and guidance for those on the path to recovery. While some mental healthcare consumers argue such an environment is beneficial yet they would rather surround themselves with a group of people doing something rather than simply conversing, others contest that this is a place to find those on the road to recovery who are doing just that; bettering themselves through a group effort. Such arguments are supported by the view that while low-functional consumers may not be very active initially, as one progresses to higher level functionality so too does one’s contribution and efforts.Additionally, the club houses provide an escape. They allow mental healthcare consumers to develop a social network of empathetic individuals working towards the same means while simultaneously keeping said individuals away from prior environments wherein they were likely to buy drugs, drink, etc. All of this is accomplished while offering services such as therapy, medication, educational services, exercise rooms, music rooms, employment coaching, and employment opportunities. Because American mental health consumers are so often alienated from their birth-right families, such club houses are instrumental in the formation of a new social network and have proven to be very successful in empowering those with mental illnesses to get back on their feet after a sever breakdown.The United Kingdom’s approach to developing social networks is rooted in a culture of support; club houses are not seen as necessary because abandonment is far less common. Instead, the U.K. spends less time emphasizing finding the right combination of medications and instead focuses upon peer mentoring and support. Practitioners believe social guidance is key to mental health recovery, and consequently steer away from invasive psychotherapy, relying on, in its place, peer-to-peer empathetic relationships conducive to recovery and social support.New Zealand practitioners take on a rather unique view of social responsibility in enabling social networks due to the rather alarming rate of mental illnesses occurring among the nation’s ethnic natives. New Zealand officials believe imperialism and former racism unfairly and unjustly impacted the native population to a huge extent, and thus it is the responsibility of society and the government to support the recovering minority population in financial development, employment procurement, and the development of social networks. This obligatory support from the government has likely created a situation wherein it is a cultural expectation to be supportive, and is far from socially acceptable to practice familial abandonment over a mental illness.Social networks play a critical role in mental health recovery. In America, the Clubhouse Model provides a place for rehabilitation, re-training, job coaching, employment, and the formation of social networks. In the United Kingdom, social networks are familial, rather than their peer-based counterparts in America, and it is a social obligation to aid those in need. New Zealanders extend the U.K.’s social obligation into government directives in the formation of social networks of support, making mental health recovery more about racial discrimination and ethnicity rather than innate conditions.Each cultural interpretation has its own strengths and weaknesses, but regardless of the focus, the fact is a strong, supportive, proactive, and encouraging social network that supports self-improvement rather than the return of old habits is critical in recovery from a mental illness.

Credit Counseling Programs – Is This Credit Card Debt Relief Option Right For Me?

Credit counseling programs have become a legitimate credit card debt relief option for many consumers. These programs basically negotiate and lower the interest rates on your unsecured debt balances. The result is a single payment payment with a lower interest rate. Sounds great right? While it sounds great there are still some things you should understand before entering into such a program.The ideal candidate for a credit counseling program will have several credit card balances with high interest rates. Instead of paying all these back separately, credit counseling programs will combine all of these accounts and negotiate a lower interest rate. Typically your payment to these programs will be the sum of all your minimum payments and the payback period will usually be between 5-9 years.Credit counseling programs are great for consumers that can afford their minimum payments on all their credit cards but they just want to lower the interest rates to make it easier to pay them back. Paying the minimum payments on high interest debt can take forever and many times consumers end up paying 5 times as much as the actual charges on their cards. With credit counseling consumers can make a legitimate effort to pay back their debts but with a lower and more reasonable interest rate.If you are struggling to meet the minimum payments or foresee yourself struggling in the future then a credit counseling program is not a good idea. These programs are notoriously strict and will typically kick out consumers after just a couple missed payments. A debt settlement program would be much more appropriate for consumers are are experiencing a legitimate financial hardship and are struggling with credit card bills.

What and Why of Oppositional and Defiant Disorder and How to Deal With It?

Raising children is hard, but when you add things like oppositional defiant disorder into the mix, things only get more challenging. If you’re tired of putting up with a child who constantly battles with everything you say, then it’s time to transform your home and to minimize the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder in your child.What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Children with oppositional defiant disorder often have the following symptoms:
* They always desire to be in control and will do just about anything to gain or maintain control
* They cannot see how their actions affect others and deny responsibility
* They are often socially exploitive, manipulating their situations
* They often thrive on negativity, and are often the winners in battles of negativity (such as arguments or fights)Often oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is misdiagnosed as just a normal part of development, or just a child going through a rough patch. If you are concerned whether your child has ODD, one of the key signs is simply the duration. If your child exhibits the symptoms of ODD for longer than six months it’s likely that they might actually have ODD and should be referred to a specialist.Why do Children Develop ODD?
The cause of ODD is unknown, it might be related to the child’s upbringing or could simply be genetic. Oppositional defiant disorder might be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. If a parent is an alcoholic or has been in trouble with the law, studies have shown that a child is three times more likely to suffer from ODD. Around 10% of school aged children have ODD, and it is considerably more common in boys than girls.One thing to note is the fact that ODD rarely occurs on its own; usually there is another disorder at play. Whether this is a learning disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), mood disorders or anxiety disorders. This means that it might be difficult, if not impossible, to improve the symptoms of ODD without treating the co-existing disorder if present.How to Deal With Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Treating oppositional defiant disorder is challenging and will vary a lot depending on the individual child. It’s important as a parent of an ODD child that you focus on the positives and give the child positive reinforcement wherever possible. Often ODD children are subject to a lot of negativity for their behaviour and actions and in a way that can go on to fuel their fire.Remove yourself from the situation if you need to. Many parents find themselves regularly involved in conflict with their child, which does very little to improve the situation. If you need to, simply take some time and space away from your child so that you can cool down and re-evaluate things when you’re feeling better.Pick your battles! Remember that some things, while annoying or frustrating, really make little difference in the course of your or your child’s life. If you are constantly on your child’s back, hassling them about this and that they will start to take you much less seriously. If you only focus on the things that are really important and that you really want to change, then you will be able to make a different without overwhelming your child.Use effective consequences to reshape your child’s behaviour. Whether you decide to use a Home Contract or you simply just set up a clear list of rules, you need to be consistent with your ODD child, more than ever. Children respond well to rules and authority as long as they are consistent, predictable and fair.What have you found helpful in dealing with an ODD child? Is there anything that really made a difference in your child’s behaviour?