Should your primary care doctor be doing more for your mental health?

Think of the last time you saw your primary care doctor- maybe you went because you had the flu, maybe it was for a work/school physical, or if you’re really on top of things you have an annual check-up just because it’s a smart thing to do. Regardless of the reason you were there, did they […]

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Be wary of bad information that can fuel mental health stigma

Sometimes readers send me some great links to stories or articles or YouTube clips that have something to do with mental health, recovery, or some other topic that I’ve addressed here on the blog. It’s great, and I like passing on that good information, or tweeting it out to the people who follow me on […]

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NAMI-NY is looking for help documenting problems with Step Therapy

A few weeks ago I posted this on the practice of Step Therapy. It’s a lousy system that places insurance companies in the role of doctors and could potentially jeopardize patient health. NAMI-NY, one of the primary political advocacy groups in New York for mental health issues, is looking for help to identify cases where step […]

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An update on my weekend checklist and how we treat mental health

Well that went well. I was able to do pretty much everything on the checklist (though the walk ended up being replaced by some other exercise. Plus walking/pushing the lawnmower…) and I feel great. One of the things I’m really pleased with is that I spent so much time outside. After this awful winter we […]

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Insurers aren’t doctors, or, why step therapy needs to be regulated.

This morning an alert came across my Twitter feed from the New York chapter of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) urging me to contact my state representative about a bill regulating step therapy. Step therapy is another term for fail first health insurance policies wherein a doctor must prescribe the least expensive treatment option […]

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I’m back(-ish), and with a ukulele.

So it’s been a few days since my last update. A series of events, some good, some not as good, conspired to keep me off the blog for a bit. To give you a quick update, last weekend I hosted my brother, his fiance, her sister and mother for a weekend of wedding planning, college […]

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It’s all here in this free brochure

I was in the waiting room at my therapists office the other day (my birthday actually- kind of a strange place to find yourself on such a day, but there I was) and usually I use the five to ten minutes to scroll through Twitter, check email, that kind of thing. The other day though […]

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Off my meds, Part II: Discontinuation Syndrome

I’ve written before about having gone off of my medication, and it’s happened again- though this time it really was an honest mistake and the circumstance of a long holiday weekend that are behind it as opposed to a conscious decision to stop taking them. When I went in for my appointment last Wednesday morning […]

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