The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 67
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 67

Salina, Kansas
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button. I don't think we should say where is the right place. Jaime: A boy in my class had pierc- ings all over his face, and it was distracting. Gore: I think I'll spend more time talking to my son. [laughter] It is a bit extreme, self-mutilation of the face. Should there be an age limit? Amy: I think 18 for everything. Jabarl: But if there's a law, [teens will] find an unsafe way to do it. ARE SCHOOLS' RULES MIR? Ajay: There are some schools that really trust their students, and then there are some schools that think that their students are all bad. Elalnla: We have rules like you can't wear gang signs. That's treading on thin [ice], because then you have the right to judge what I'm wearing. Mlyun: There are lots of gangs, but... a group of people could be called a gang. Elainia: That's where it can get scary. Everyone has their own definition. I have a group of people I hang with every day. ... Would my friends be considered a gang? Jaime: The no-pager rule is a good rule, because all the people who would be paging you should be in school. Mlyun: But some parents really want to be in contact with their children. Some kids do sneak pagers to school. I know a lot of kids who have cellular phones. Gore: But the schools are not that tar off to be worried. WILL YOU BE MORE OR LESS STRICT THAN YOUR PARENTS? Jaime: I would be just as strict. They're not strict, but they're reasonable. ... I've turned out just fine. Jabari: My parents don't have a bunch of ticky-tack rules ... just commonsense rules between right and wrong. They let me make my own decisions. Mlyun: I'll be more lenient. My parents were brought up in a different culture, and it's extremely strict. Helen: 1 would be just like my parents. I don't see their rules as strict; I just see it as them worrying about me. Gore: It seems like there's a resounding affirmation that rules in general are pretty good things. We do learn to live by them.... They're a guidepost tor parents and families to go by. C3 — Cesar G. Soriano Permitted to drink alcohol. USA WEEKEND • May 2-4,1887 27 Does your life have signs of persistent anxiety? Have you been bothered, more days than not for 6 months or more, by unrealistic, excessive worry that you could not control? If you have, do you also suffer from three or more of the signs and symptoms of persistent anxiety you see to the left? If you answered yes to three or more of these, and they significantly affect your ability to function normally, see your doctor. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat persistent anxiety. Persistent anxiety Is more than just the common stress of everyday life. Should you see your doctor? Anxiety and tension associated with everyday life usually do not require treatment. Persistent anxiety involves excessive, unfounded worry that lasts for 6 months or more, as well as other physical and mental symptoms, some of which are described to the left of this column. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself and your doctor rules out other illnesses, you may be one of the over 10 million Americans suffering from persistent anxiety. Many people who suffer from these symptoms don't realize that these symptoms can be caused by anxiety, and that they can get help to feel better. Ask your doctor about a nontiablt-formlng medicine. Persistent anxiety can be medically treated. So ask your doctor about anxiety therapies, including BuSpar* (buspirone HC1, USP). BuSpar is a nonhabit-forming anti-anxiety medication that works progressively over a matter of weeks to relieve anxiety symptoms. Shown to be effective for many people, BuSpar may help you feel like yourself again. Possible side effects associated with BuSpar include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, headache, nervousness, lightheadedness, and excitement. Your doctor will caution you about driving a car or using complex machinery until you are reasonably sure that BuSpar will not affect alertness or coordination. Only your doctor can diagnose persistent anxiety and prescribe treatment. So ask your doctor whether BuSpar could be right for you. Jtak your doctor about nonhablt-formlng ll^fc: 1 -" •'""•f^.'"" ''•..' ® ••^1'JS? •••'•-• "• —-- .•SfV.v-.i.,. • • •: B i Please see important additional information on next page. For moro Information, visit our wobslte at

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