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Psychiatric Care in the United States

My friend Pauli weighs in on what psychiatric care ends up costing in the United States. God forbid if you need hospitalization.

Medical Insurance Coverage

Mental health insurance coverage is much more limited than standard medical, which generally involves an out of pocket co-pay for “in network providers” of $15 to $25 for an office visit. Most annual lab tests are covered in full, while certain procedures may require a 20% co-insurance payment or go towards an annual deductible which can run anywhere from $500 to $5,000.

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Schizophrenia or Public Intoxication?

A schizophrenic man had somehow wandered onto a locked campus. Once on the campus, it was impossible to get out unless by escort.

Confused and delusional, the man grabbed the arm of a passerby wanting help. The person clamored for the building seeking refuge from the man.

The cops were called. An expert in mental health informed the cops that the person was delusional and was a sufferer of schizophrenia.

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A Mental Health Awareness Tattoo

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Most of you are aware I despise tattoos, but here is one I would probably get. It was designed by April Martin of Alabama.

The grey is for mental illness. The green stands for bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. The chemical symbol is for serotonin.

Kudos to April for a great design and tattoo.

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From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Reality/Expectations = Happiness

The lower your expectations, the happier you are.

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Confessions of an Drugaholic

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week. This is a guest post from Pauli Loeffler.

For most of my life I have had insomnia. As a kid, I went to bed at 8 or 9 (supposedly) and then would sneak into the dining room and watch my parents’ TV from under the dining room table (says a great deal about their sex life since they left their bedroom open).

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Description of a Manic Person

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

For a good example of a manic person, check out my post called Listen. It describes mania and tells how to communicate with someone who is manic. In fact, I wrote it while I was manic.

For a poem I wrote after I quit my job in Oklahoma City and felt everyone had betrayed me, check out my poem called Stages.

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We Guard You While You Sleep

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

To all the haters out there of Mental Illnesses, here is the perfect Fight Club quote.

Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep.

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O'Reilly Out of Touch for Mentally Ill

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

I recently came across an article by Bill O’Reilly of FoxNews that sheds a bad light on those with Mental Illnesses. He concludes that mentally ill people in the United States are out of control and are making America look bad.

Here is where the change comes in.

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I was stopped by a cop in a local mall. He asked one question, which I thought was rather odd.

“When was the last time you slept?”

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Listen

One of the biggest weaknesses I have is emotional immaturity. I tend to react quickly and harsh, but I have learned to turn this weakness into a strength (through the help of behavioral therapy, any negative aspect of life can be “spun” into being positive).

When someone is having any emotional reaction (e.g., happy, sad), he is in a virtual bubble (think Bubble Boy, but without the shitty plot).

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