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Can You Afford Mental Illness?

Can You Afford Mental Illness?

I had intended to spout on a completely different topic today, but I’ll be honest–this insurance business has, to coin a phrase, my dander up. Judging from the majority of comments I’ve received, I’m not alone.

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What’s So Important About Being Pretty, Anyway?” – Video

What’s So Important About Being Pretty, Anyway?” – Video

In this video, I reflect upon society’s obsession with looks and how this can be dangerous for both young girls and women with eating disorders. Watch here:

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Lies Our Addiction Tells Us

Lies Our Addiction Tells Us

The lies our addiction feeds us can be dangerous, triggering, and something we need to be vigilant of in sobriety. When we get sober it is important to separate the voice of our addiction from our true, authentic voice.

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Earn Your Degree in Abuse

Earn Your Degree in Abuse

No one can take away your education. I tell that to the cadets where I work all of the time because it is true: I know from my own hard-won education, an ICBS (I Call Bulls*&!) degree, earned via 18 years of mental, emotional and verbal abuse, featuring a well-designed syllabus acted out by my controlling, manipulating, abusive ex. That man was an excellent teacher, but I didn’t truly appreciate his lessons until the last years of his course (a.k.a., our marriage).

It was a long course. Four times, out of sheer frustration I’m sure, he attempted to physically knock the stupid out of me, but it took that final laying on of hands to make me see the light.

I graduated from that abusive experience with the ability to sense abusive bulls*&! from a mile away. Thank you, Ex-Husband, for the education.

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What Are You, Bipolar? Mental Illness as a Weapon – Video

What Are You, Bipolar? Mental Illness as a Weapon – Video

I’ve discussed how I like to use the word “crazy” and don’t find it derogatory. Us crazies, we have to stick together, I might say. I’ve also said that people can use any word to hurt you. Don’t tell me you’re a secretary.

But some people use a mental illness diagnosis as a weapon. Some people insult and abuse with the facts of illness and treatment.

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Mental Illness Recovery: The Four Cornerstones

Mental Illness Recovery: The Four Cornerstones

My son, Ben, lives with schizophrenia and was doing well until his recent sudden relapse. Of course, we are doing everything we can to bring Ben back from his first schizophrenia relapse in over six years. The process reminds me of what I believe have been the four cornerstones of Ben’s recovery from Schizophrenia – all of which were removed too quickly.

Recovery from a mental illness is possible, but only if attention is paid to the human being behind the illness. Watch and let me know what you think.

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I Don’t Want You Anymore Depression

I Don’t Want You Anymore Depression

Sometimes it feels like it has been a long 20 years of living with depression and it’s related challenges. Today feels like it’s been far too long. I have been lucky enough to experience periods of reprieve, times of fresh perspective and times of stability. I believe I am still in a healthy place despite some major life challenges. But, even with these periods of relative calm and good mental health, there is something ever-present, the fear and stigma of depression.

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We’re Not Trying to Drug Our Mentally Ill Kids Into Submission (Video)

We’re Not Trying to Drug Our Mentally Ill Kids Into Submission (Video)

My son, “Bob,” has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. In my post titled “Insurance Companies Are NOT Psychiatrists–Why Are They Making Decisions?,” I discussed how my insurance company has decided not to pay for refills of Bob’s psychiatric medications – even though his psychiatrist thinks they are necessary for his mental wellness.

Your Child with Mental Illness is Being Over-medicated

One reader agrees with the insurance company. Why? Concernedmom says he’s “over-medicated”.

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Insurance Companies Are NOT Psychiatrists–Why Are They Making Decisions?

Insurance Companies Are NOT Psychiatrists–Why Are They Making Decisions?

You have had asthma as long as you can remember–since childhood–and have been seeing the same pulmonologist for at least three years. Your doctor has had you on theophylline, a pill you take three times a day, and a Flovent inhaler (which you use twice daily) for the past year. You went to the pharmacy today and dropped off your scripts, as you do every month, only to be told you can’t fill them. Why? Because your insurance company won’t approve a prescription for more than 60 theophylline. Nor will they fill a Flovent inhaler for more uses than once daily.

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Chronic Illness and Mental Health Connection

Chronic Illness and Mental Health Connection

Living with a chronic, serious, or terminal illness is tough. It is life altering and with it often comes a lot of emotional stress. Issues like depression, anxiety, isolation and helplessness are common to experience. Our guest, Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte, joins us to discuss helping those affected by chronic and serious illness to live a balanced life.

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