Spotting Ethical and Legal Violations In Therapy

By Támara Hill, MS
Credit: johnny maroun

Credit: johnny maroun

Have you ever heard of the term “kickbacks” or “fee splitting?” If not, this article is for you. Last week, during Personal Stories Week, I discussed the unethical practices sometimes found within mental health agencies and among mental health professionals. Today we’ll discuss some common unethical practices and ways in which you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Personal Stories Week: The End & Thank You

By Támara Hill, MS

heartFirstly, I would like to start by thanking the many families who participated in Personal Stories Week this year. So many asked to participate that I had to push some stories to August 2015. Your stories of bravery, triumph, struggle, pain, denial, hope, loss of hope, and perpetual challenges have not only inspired us, but perhaps has made us more grateful for the beautiful aspects of life that so many tend to take for granted.

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Accepting Schizo-Affective Disorder: A Mother’s Most Difficult Challenge

By Támara Hill, MS

Sharon picture 2Are you the parent of or know someone who is the parent of an adult child with schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder? How did you respond to that diagnosis? What if your son or daughter was a stellar student with gifted abilities and one day lost her hope for a bright future because of a chronic mental health condition? The stress and strain that you would feel might almost take all the life in your soul. In fact, it might cause you to question why. I’m sure Sharon (seen on the right) has been through this process many times in her life.

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Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling for Anxiety

By Támara Hill, MS

Photo Credit: kris E. Michel

How would you feel if you could stay home, open your computer or laptop, and have a therapy session? What about if your therapist offered to speak with you over Skype or some other online platform? Would you feel like a fish out of water or would you very much like to try that experience? What about if your anxiety was so bad that you couldn’t leave your home? For many people suffering from agoraphobia (fear of open places/spaces), panic disorders (panic attacks), or generalized anxiety disorder (anxiety triggered by worry of multiple things), it’s like heaven on earth to do therapy at home in one’s pajamas.

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Personal Stories Week: A Journey After Suicide

By Támara Hill, MS

image.jpegSuicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Most of us have experienced the sting of suicide either in our personal lives or through the lives of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide by suffocation occurs in about 9,913 cases in the U.S. About 19,990 suicides occur at the hands of a firearm and 6,564 suicides occur by poisoning. In 2011, about 39,518 suicides were reported by the CDC, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death. That’s way too many lives being lost to suicide. What are we missing?

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Protecting Yourself From Unethical Mental Health Settings

By Támara Hill, MS

unethicalHave you ever been to a mental health agency where everything appeared to be disorganized, unethical, and perhaps even illegal? Did a loved one receive mediocre mental health services, inadequate services, or no help at all? If so, you are not alone.

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A Mother and Her Son’s Struggle With Schizophrenia

By Támara Hill, MS
Melanie J Photo

Melanie and her son, Thomas

Are you the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult child with severe mental illness? How do you feel right now? Tired? Lonely? Discouraged? Or even stronger? Some parents say that they are struggling every single day of their lives with the reality that their child, teen, or adult child is suffering from both their own illness and stigma. Other parents say they are not as discouraged as they were before they found out what their child actually struggled with. No matter how you have chosen to view your situation, I’m sure you can relate to Melanie Jimenez.

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A Mother Faces Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

By Támara Hill, MS

 

sonAre you a mother or father of a son with a mental health or behavioral disorder? How did you cope with the reality that your son would probably need your help and support for the rest of his life? For many parents, accepting an illness can feel like one of the worst things you’ll ever have to do. Many mothers have spoken to me about their struggle to not only accept but also to live with their child’s illness. It isn’t easy. It’s almost unimaginable. 

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Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience

By Támara Hill, MS

son and mother

It’s that time of year again when I collaborate with a group of readers, writers, parents, twitter followers, friends, and colleagues to discuss, during 1 entire week, their experiences with mental illness. Their experiences could be personal or professional and focus on challenges, miracles, systemic difficulties, financial strain, failures of the system, and many more issues that parents, families, friends, caregivers, and professionals have experienced. Come join us.

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Change: Learning How To Roll With Your Own Resistance

By Támara Hill, MS

moving forwardChange. It’s a simple word but it can mean so many things to the person experiencing the change. I’ve had many changes in my personal life, changes that were both good and bad. Some change is on time and other changes come at the wrong time. Still, other changes are the result of your desire to change something, while other changes are not. 

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