Donald Trump’s worldview is the problem with his PTSD comments

Here’s the problem with Trump’s PTSD comments- it wasn’t that he was directly insulting anybody in the same way he insulted Judge Curiel, the Khan family, Alicia Machado, etc. This is what he said: “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things […]

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What the GOP debate glossed over: Mental Health

Watching last night’s debate on CNN between eleven of the top Republican candidates for President I was majorly disappointed in both the moderators and the candidates when it came to talking about mental health- from access and affordability of care to the role that mental health plays in discussions of gun violence and gun control. Someone […]

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What happens when you’re confronted by mental health stigma?

What would you do? I was at a luncheon today for a networking group our business belongs to and before our program each week we have “table talk.” There are roughly 80 members that attend each week and we sit at tables of maybe 5-8 people, depending on who shows up. Some weeks we have a specific […]

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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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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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Mental health stigma and the pernicious politics of Fox News and Rand Paul

I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook yesterday to this story on The Huffington Post regarding comments made by Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan regarding mental illness. Sullivan is discussing the results of a Social Security Administration report that says that the largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries are for those people with mental […]

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I’d like to share my mental health story with Rand Paul

You may have seen something over the weekend about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s recent comments regarding people receiving Social Security Disability benefits (here’s a pretty good rundown from the Washington Post). His lack of both understanding mental health issues and mood disorders and the absence of empathy are a little bit troubling, considering his role as […]

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Reintroducing myself for 2015

Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t actually my first post of the New Year but I came across what I thought was a helpful writing exercise for bloggers and it fits into how I maintain this blog. The advice was to introduce yourself to your readers. While I suspect many, if not most, of my […]

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Voting in Church

I’ll spare you, dear reader, of a rundown of how I voted except to say that I split my ticket among several parties and write-ins and literally nobody I voted for won (including, of course, me). No, what I want to talk about is an issue about my polling place, the wall of separation between church […]

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Local Grump Is Dissatisfied

Here’s a letter I wrote to the Skaneateles Journal regarding the local race for Congress: I’m sure I’m not alone in viewing the two candidates for the 24th District seat in Congress and thinking, “Really? Is this the best we can do? I’d make a better member of Congress than these two!” Both the incumbent, […]

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