HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Medication Compliance Becoming Bigger Problem
- Postpartum Depression: Worries Over Stopping Treatment
- Using Social Media to Help Prevent Suicide
- How Much Help Should A Parent Give A Child?
- Mental Health Experiences
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Your Thoughts: From the HealthyPlace Forums and Chat
A large, growing number of people are not taking their medications the way they're supposed to. A 2011 Consumer Reports survey indicates a whopping 48% (up 9% from the 2010 survey) of the participants regularly cut back (pill splitting) or skip the prescribed dosage. Many don't get the entire prescription filled.
Medication compliance for people with mental illness has always been a problem. People stop their psychiatric medications due to side-effects or because when they start to feel better, they mistakenly think the medications are no longer needed. Part of the solution to those problems may be better doctor-patient communication.
We have a new problem though. It's called the prolonged and severe economic recession or depression. People simply can't afford their medical or psychiatric medications. They're taking these steps to save money. Yes, pharmaceutical companies do help qualified low-income individuals to receive discounts or free medication. Now, however, there are no many people who have lost their jobs or who are underemployed, even middle income folks can't pay for their medications.
Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to this problem. Getting samples from the doctor only lasts for so long.
Medication Compliance Stories on HealthyPlace.com
- Medication Non-Compliance Huge Issue for People with Mental Illness
- Bipolar Medications Adherence: Here's How to Help (helpful for all disorders)
- Bipolar Treatment: Medications Compliance
- Medication Compliance and Children
- Medication Compliance is a Hard Pill to Swallow
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Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).
You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.
If you have any questions, write us at: info AT healthyplace.com
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- What is Postpartum Depression?
- What Do I Tell My Partner About Panic?
- Disagree with Your Doctor? Respectfully Explain Why
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
Your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Fashion Fundamentals For The Wacky (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- The Difference Between Stigmatizing Mental Illness and Labeling it (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Bipolar Disorder: Can You Trust What You Feel? (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- This Bipolar Girl is Ready to Date...But Who? (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- Your Family and Mental Illness: Can Happiness Return? (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- How Does Someone Become an Abuse Victim? (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Treating Anxiety: What the Body Knows (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- "Why Don't You Just Eat?" - Educating People About Eating Disorders (Video) (Surviving ED Blog)
- Right, Wrong, and Children with Psychiatric Illness (Life with Bob: A Parenting Blog)
- Importance of Motivation in Addiction Recovery (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- 3 Top ADHD Medication Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
- Making a Relationship Work When You Have Mental Illness (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Vlog)
- ADHD: It's 4am. Do You Know Where Your Mind Is? (Addaboy! Adult ADHD Blog)
- Loving the Hidden You: BPD and Self-Acceptance (More Than Borderline Blog)
- "Don't Call Dissociative Identity Disorder a Disorder!" (Dissociative Living Blog)
- I Survive Bipolar Disorder - I Can Do Anything + Video
- The Relationship "Comedy" of Mental Illness
- Recovering from Chronic Mental Illness: Reconciling With Relapse
- Looking For Light When All Feels Dark During Eating Disorder Recovery
- Isolation Common for Parents of Children with Psychiatric Illness
- Who's Hiding Behind Your ADHD?
- How To Tell Lies
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
From our Depression Forums, Mariac wants to know: "Do you think that you can suffer depression for several years? I'm starting to think that I was depressed for several years and just didn't notice. Do you think that's possible?" Sign into the forums and share your thoughts and comments.
Join us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat
You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren't already, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.
At the bottom of the forums page, you'll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.
We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.
After stopping their antidepressant medication, some mothers with postpartum depression experience a return of depression symptoms. Our guest, Misty, did. But it disapated after she started the antidepressants again. Her big fear? "Am I dependent on antidepressants?" Watch this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Postpartum Depression: Worries Over Stopping Treatment - TV Show blog)
Other Recent HPTV Shows
Coming in October on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
- HAES (Health at Any Size): What Does That Really Mean?
- Living with Multiple Mental Illnesses: Draining and Exhausting
If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT healthyplace.com
For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.
Many people, feeling suicidal, reach out on Twitter and other social media for help. Sandra Kiume, aka @unsuicide, provides suicide prevention resources. We discuss the need for services like this on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. Listen to How Do You Prevent Suicide?.
Other Recent HealthyPlace Radio Shows
One parent writes: What advice do you have about "hands on" vs. "hands off" parenting? Here's the response from The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield.
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