HEALTH 12/17/2018 05:45 am ET A family's ongoing battle with UnitedHealth shows how insurance companies are failing children with psychiatric disorders. By Anita Raghavan One hot summer day in July 2013, a teenage boy with delicate lips and pale blue eyes gathered up his pillows, comforter and sheets and dumped them in the hallway. Logan was angry and feeling unwanted, he later told doctors. He was also bored. He had lost his privileges for not doing his homework and was cooped up alone in his family’s ranch-style house in Allen, Texas. His mother, Amanda Brown, and stepfather, Delton Brown, both software systems engineers, were away at work. His younger brother, Elijah, was in day care. Making his way to the kitchen, Logan found some matches on top of a cabinet and set the pile of bedding ablaze. When the fire marshals finally arrived, they found some smoldering linens and a 4-by-4-foot patch of damaged carpet exposing the concrete foundation. Logan was led away by … [Read more...] about Mental Health Care Coverage Is Leaving Kids Behind And Families Reeling
THOUSANDS of military veterans who struggle adapting to life on civvy street will get enhanced health care under long-term NHS plan to be unveiled next month. A new crisis service will be launched to help vulnerable ex-servicemen and women battling booze, drug or mental health problems. NHS England boss Simon Stevens will announce £10 million worth of specialist support for the armed forces to create a National Heroes’ Service. It will include veteran friendly GP surgeries and hospitals to make sure former soldiers, sailors and RAF personnel are given treatment and back-up tailored to meet their needs. The action is being drawn up as part of the 10-year plan for the NHS ordered to ensure the £20billion of extra funding is properly spent. Mr Stevens has told The Sun on Sunday of his determination to ensure those who put their lives on the line are properly cared for when they return home. The NHS will expand the new Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service - TILS - … [Read more...] about Thousands of military veterans who struggle to get civilian jobs will get £10million boost from the NHS
IMPACT 12/13/2018 05:45 am ET The conversation around mental health and Native Americans needs to change, says expert Doreen Bird. By Locke Hughes Native American communities experience a much higher rate of mental health issues, such as substance abuse and suicide, than any other racial or ethnic group in the country ― and the media tend to fixate on these grim figures. Data shows that tribal communities experience psychological distress 1.5 times more often than the general population, and Native Americans use and abuse alcohol and drugs at younger ages and at higher rates than any other ethnic group. Plus, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 10- to 34-year-olds in tribal communities. But Doreen Bird, Ph.D., an expert on mental health issues in tribal communities, says numbers like these tell only part of the story. Bird, who hails from the Kewa Pueblo of New Mexico, has devoted her career to researching mental and behavioral health among … [Read more...] about What People Get Wrong About Suicides On Tribal Lands
The Mighty, ContributorWe face disability, disease and mental illness together. “My brain won’t shut down. It keeps running a marathon and I stay exhausted. Not sleepy… just tired to the bone.” 12/06/2018 11:49 am ET By Sarah Schuster Living with a mental illness can be exhausting. As a contributor to The Mighty, a digital health site, Rose-Anne Meyer, wrote, “For me, ‘I’m tired’ is not a complaint or (being) pessimistic. It’s merely a fact of life.” But why does living with a mental illness make people so tired? Well, depending on who you are, the reason probably varies. Sometimes the nature of your mental illness can make you tired — like when depression makes everyday tasks feel impossible, or when obsessive-compulsive disorder’s compulsions take up so much of your time. Other times, the world makes living with a mental illness exhausting. You may feel like you have to hide who you are or how … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Mental Illness Makes People So Tired
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/01/2018 02:49 pm ET By Sarah Billington In September, I started spiraling with anxiety at work. I was having a tough home life, two projects at work were going wrong, and my confidence in my skills, my abilities and my self-worth entirely were taking a hit. Thoughts I couldn’t control started taking over my concentration. Bad thoughts. Thoughts that my manager was going to be disappointed. Was going to be angry. Would think I was a fuckup. Thoughts that I was a fraud. How had I been doing this job successfully for a year when I was so clearly incapable and an idiot? It wasn’t just a bad day. I was a bad person. I sat there staring at my computer screen, and from the outside everything looked fine. I read emails, actioned requests, answered questions, but inside I was melting down. So I told my manager I was sick, and I went home for the day. And I was sick, but not in the way I told her. I told her I had an upset stomach, that I’d … [Read more...] about I Took A Mental Health Day At Work And Lied About It. Here’s Why.