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Archives for October, 2013

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The Marketplace: Understanding Our New Healthcare Plans

Do you have insurance? Have you considered signing up for the Affordable Care Act's Market-Place insurance plans? Believe it or not, a lot of people are confused with health insurance today. A lot of people are also angry at the fact that they may have to pay a fine if they don't have coverage by January 2014. As a result, I will explain some of the basic details in hopes of clarifying your concerns....
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A Personal Experience: Facing Suicide and Grief

What would you do if you had a son who was contemplating suicide? Would you panic? Would you get depressed and give up? Would you seek help? In many cases, families experience a host of emotions when they learn a loved one is contemplating suicide. Some panic, some give up and get depressed, and others seek help. Some families do all of these things and go through cycles of emotions. All this week we...
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A Personal Experience: A Mother’s Journey With Suicide

Suicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Either we've known someone with thoughts of suicide, lost a loved one to suicide, know a friend who lost someone to suicide, or hear about it daily in the news. Either way, the word itself holds so much meaning, so much emotion, so much hopelessness. The word itself is powerful enough to...
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A Personal Experience: A Problematic Mental Health System

What comes to mind when you think of a therapist? Do you think of someone who wears glasses, sits behind a desk, answers phone calls, and sees patients all day? If so, the field of mental health is not doing a good job at giving you a realistic view of who we are. Therapists hold so many titles, roles, and take on multiple responsibilities. For many people, a therapist is someone who talks about...
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A Personal Experience: A Sister’s Journey With Mental Illness

Do you have a sibling with a severe or untreated mental illness? Do you know someone who does?Today we're going to listen to the story of Sandra Laing, the younger sister of a woman who suffered from a horrible history and severe mental illness. She currently lives in the UK and shares her story and educates us about her personal experience with what some might call "trauma."

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A Nation On Drugs: Medication Side Effects

Do you take an antidepressant? Does someone you know take an antidepressant? You can turn to almost any stranger on the street and know that they are probably taking an antidepressant medication. Our society has become a "drug nation" known for prescribing medications to remedy almost every situation experienced. Any doctor or psychiatrist you meet today will more than likely prescribe a medication during an office visit. It's so easy to pull out a...
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