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My Hopes for the Affordable Care Act

My Hopes for the Affordable Care Act

Whether you call it Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, there’s no denying that the legislation has sparked controversy. But it’s a much-needed debate: are insurance companies a business or a service? If they’re businesses, as is the current role, they function by denying as many sick people as possible. But if they’re a service, as is suggested by the ACA, they need to man up and do the right thing by covering those who need it most. So here are my three hopes of the ACA’s effect on insurance companies.

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Budget Cuts: A Deadly Decision For Mental Health

Budget Cuts: A Deadly Decision For Mental Health

Psychiatric treatment is plagued by budget cuts and bed shortages. For example, Indianapolis has only seven beds for emergency psychiatric care for the indigent.

In this video, I talk about why federal and state budget cuts and bed shortages are harmful and even deadly to people with Borderline Personality Disorder and other mental illnesses.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Borderline personality disorder does get better if you work at it. You are worth the wait.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Recently I was hospitalized for depression. Another patient, who had just been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), found out about this blog and asked me “Does it ever get any better?”

The answer is yes, but not quickly.

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What State Mental Health Hospitals Don’t Want You to Know

I went for four months without medical treatment that I received within four days of my transfer to LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital. The major difference between the two state hospitals is that LaRue receives some private funding–which made for better conditions.

What State Mental Health Hospitals Don’t Want You to Know

Recently, I found the journals I kept while a patient at Richmond State Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.  The entry for August 13, 2008, contains this tidbit:

[The service line manager] is now aware of my occupation. I probably overplayed my hand when I told her my paper’s, shall we say, reputation. I let my judgment lapse in an attempt to appear sympathetic. She is not happy to know I want to write about the hospital’s budget cuts.

Brace yourself–the following information is something the State of Indiana–and possibly your state–doesn’t want you to know about state run mental hospitals.

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Have a Mental Illness? Go to Jail

Have a Mental Illness? Go to Jail

Recently I spent the night in the psychiatric emergency room. While I was there, the police brought a suicidal drunk woman in. Short version: she created a huge disruption, refused treatment, tried to leave and was eventually arrested for public intoxication.

Mental illness, especially when combined with a substance abuse disorder, is an easy way to wind up in jail.

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Getting Better Should Not Make Things Worse

What angers me the most is that this doesn’t have to happen. But it does, and most Americans simply don’t care. It is easier to believe that people like me did something wrong than it is to realize there is soul-crushing injustice in America.

It’s ironic, but trying to recover has made my symptoms worse.

Getting Better Should Not Make Things Worse

If I ramble or some typos survive my editing process, I apologize now. I am currently involved in a battle regarding my disability benefits. People with severe mental illness–especially when the symptoms are made worse by borderline personality disorder (BPD)–may understand from experience.

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A Letter to the Birmingham Jail

Although our obstacles are on a smaller scale, we too know what it’s like to be stuck 100 years behind the rest of the country. We face discrimination and hostility because of a psychiatric diagnosis.

A Letter to the Birmingham Jail

Dear Dr. King:

I wonder what you’d think if you were here today. Things have improved, but there is still a long way to go.

Some of us–people of every race, religion and gender–still understand the pain and frustration you poignantly wrote about in your ‘Letter from the Birmingham Jail’. Although our obstacles are on a smaller scale, we too know what it’s like to be stuck 100 years behind the rest of the country. We face discrimination and hostility because of a psychiatric diagnosis.

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Mental Health Treatment and The High Price of Cutting Costs

Lack of funding for the mental health system is not as visible as this bus stop, but it is just as real. The consequences include a lack of talented treatment providers, difficulty accessing treatment and an overburdened prison system.

Mental Health Treatment and The High Price of Cutting Costs

I rely on public transportation, which in Indianapolis means the bus. Unfortunately, our bus system is not exactly stellar. Case in point: this bench-less bus stop next to a shopping cart corral.

The problem? Lack of funding. The result? Multiply this by several hundred and you have an idea.

Lack of funding for the mental health system is not as visible as this bus stop, but it is just as real.

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