2006 OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) DO YOU HAVE IT? YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE AND LOVED ONES EXHIBIT THIS DREADFUL MALADY!

Jack Gose waves to his sweetheart, Patsy Jean Cowan Gose, along the rail with Boca Ciega Bay intracoastal waterway in the background before entering Shell's Seafood Restaurant on Gulf Blvd. in Redington Beach, FL to enjoy a delightful Father's Day dinner on June 18, 2006. (Photo taken by Ma Gose with a Kodak Flash camera)
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) WORLDWIDE

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety compulsion in the brain manifested by a subject’s obsessive drive to perform a particular task or set of tasks termed rituals. Examples are repeatedly checking to see that one’s parked car has been locked before leaving it; turning lights on and off a set number of times before exiting a room; and repeatedly washing hands at regular intervals throughout the day, hoarding, touching, counting, arranging, and ordering. Most OCD sufferers are aware of such thoughts and behavior, but feel bound to comply with them to fend off fears of panic or dread and feel helpless to push it away. It is one of the most frustrating and vexing of the major anxiety disorders.

This condition like many chronic stress disorders can cause a person to be depressed, and cause a deadening of spirit, a numbing frustration, or sense of hopelessness. Researchers funded by the National Institute of Health reached online at
www.nimh.nih.gov suspect a combination of mutation in the human Serotonin transporter gene, childhood streptococcal infections called PANDAS, and/or in men low oestrogen levels. Treatment with behavioral or cognitive therapy with medications is recommended. A technique called Exposure and Ritual or Response Prevention (ERP) involves gradually learning to tolerate the anxiety associated with not performing the ritual behavior. Medication treatments include serotonin inhibitors such as Paxil, Aropax, Zoloft, Prozac, Luvox, Anafranil, and Gabapentin.

Famous people who have publicly talked about their OCD or been identified with the disorder: Howard Hughes, Michelangelo, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Albert Einstein. Go online to
www.ocfoundation.org for Help and more information!

APWU OF FLORIDA 3RD STATE RETIREE CHAPTER CONVENTION CALL TO BE HELD IN DAYTONA BEACH, FL. ON WED., MAY 10, 2006

All APWU $24.00 year dues paying Retirees and their families are invited to the 3rd biennial Founders’ APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Convention, AFL-CIO, to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Plaza Ocean Club Hotel, 640 Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32118. Call the Hotel at 1-800-874-7420 and ask for the APWU discounted Single/Double rate of $85.00 night, plus 12.5 % taxes to reserve your room.

A luncheon is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Plaza Resort and Spa Hotel next door, followed by the State Retiree Chapter Convention business starting at 1:00 p.m. All active APWU dues paying National, State and Area Local/Local Officers, Delegates, members and their families and APWU Auxiliary Officers, Delegates, members and their families are invited to attend all our State Retiree Chapter meetings, luncheons, and Conventions. We believe that all the APWU family members, the active Working members, the Retiree members, and the Auxiliary members should be treated with dignity and equality, and all of us must band together to take care of all our families.

This historic Retiree Convention precedes the regular Florida State APWU Convention which is scheduled in the same hotel from Thursday, May 11 thru Saturday, May 13, 2006. Florida State Retiree Chapter Resolutions will be debated and sent to the regular Florida State Convention beginning on Thursday, May 11, and the National APWU Retiree Convention to be held in Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 2006.

Douglas Cowan Holbrook, Natl. APWU Retiree Director, has been invited to speak at the Retiree Convention luncheon. He is a dynamic, informative orator who has completed successfully retirement classes at previous APWU of Florida State and Area Local seminars. A new generation is living in Florida, and we yearn to link the active working APWU members with the Retiree APWU members in the classroom and at luncheons.

Election of APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Officers shall be held at the Retiree Convention on Wed., May 11, 2006 in accordance with the State Retiree Chapter Constitution and By-Laws. The elected Officers of this State Chapter shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Legislative Director, and up to three (3) Trustees and they shall comprise the Executive Board of the State Chapter. To be eligible for office and to vote in an election of officers, a Retiree Chapter member must be in good standing for three (3) months of the previous calendar quarter immediately preceding the election, as certified by the Secretary-Treasurer.

Our State Retiree Chapter membership residing in the State of Florida with over 3,000 APWU Retiree Chapter members who pay $24.00 yearly or $2.00 monthly automatic APWU Retiree union dues to the National APWU. Retirees do not have to pay any State Retiree Chapter union dues to the APWU of Florida! We wish to thank all the State and Area Local/Local Presidents, Officers, Stewards, and active working members who continue to sign up APWU retiring members on Form 1187 Retired Member application and mail it in to the National APWU Retirees Department in Washington, D.C.

Blank APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter Delegate credentials have been mailed to all APWU Area Local/Local Presidents in the State of Florida by John Sardin, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer, for completion and return no later than May 1, 2006. Registration kits will be issued at the hotel for this Convention and State Chapter Retirees’ registration fees have been waived for the Retiree Convention in Daytona Beach to encourage more APWU Retiree families to attend.

Preparations have been made for the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter to pay for a FREE luncheon to each APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter member registering as a Retiree Delegate, and a FREE luncheon for up to one (1) family/spouse guest for each family in attendance at the Retiree Convention. A Chapter constitutional amendment will be introduced to add Health Plan Director and Benefits Director as elected positions on the Executive Board. Ten $25.00 Centenarian Cash Door Prizes to Chapter members, freebies, give-a-ways, and historical archive gifts will entertain those in attendance.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR AREA LOCAL/LOCAL PRESIDENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED RETIREE DELEGATE CREDENTIALS BEFORE MAY 1 IN ORDER FOR US TO KNOW THE NUMBER WHO WILL ATTEND AND MAKE PLANS WITH THE HOTEL MANAGER FOR FOOD SERVICE AND SEATING.

If you have any questions and for more information, contact Jack Gose, President, at home phone (727) 343-2998 or E-mail:
Jak.Gose@Excite.com or Local Web site: www.apwu1228.org or Fax: (727) 526-0351. You may also visit our APWU of Florida, AFL-CIO, award winning website page www.apwuflorida.org/retiree which was launched in October, 2003 by our wonderful Webmaster, Greg Dixon. Our State Retiree Chapter website is now linked up with the National APWU home page www.apwu.org under Local Websites and Links, 21st Century Postal Worker at www.21cpw.com and the Postal Electronic newsletter at www.lunewsviews.com under 22 Retirement Tips.

APWU FL. SPRING SEMINAR RETIREES LUNCHEON MAR., 2006

An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE luncheon for each Retiree Chapter member paying Retiree union dues to the National APWU Retirees Dept. of $24.00 year and one guest, limit of two per family, attending the Retirees Luncheon to be held in West Palm Beach, FL area from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before the APWU of Florida Spring Seminar begins in March-April, 2006 at the same Hotel where the semi-annual conclave is held for educational classes for active and retiree APWU members. Retiree Happy folders will be distributed to all those attending, and everyone is invited! The hotel location and dates are given elsewhere in this newsletter!

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