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black321

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Posted: May 25, 2022 - 10:16am

 miamizsun wrote:

waking up 


no money, no problem, free for those who can't afford it


In my 3rd day of the free trial.
Might be my favorite "meditation" app so far. 
Does a great job walking you through and explaining the points for meditation/mindfullness, and also enjoy the side discussions on different topics. 

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Posted: May 20, 2022 - 5:16am

waking up 


no money, no problem, free for those who can't afford it
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Posted: Oct 14, 2021 - 4:45am

The Damaging Effects of Negativity

You make think that a disease or illness are the reasons for your tired body or prolonged aches, but have you ever thought that thinking negatively could be the reason? Pessimism affects more than just your emotional health. In fact, doctors have found that people with high levels of negativity are more likely to suffer from degenerative brain diseases, cardiovascular problems, digestive issues, and recover from sickness much slower than those with a positive mindset.

What Causes Negativity?

Negativity is often a product of depression or insecurity. It can stem from illness, life events, personality problems, and substance abuse. Like many things in life, negativity too, can become a habit. Frequent criticism, cynical thoughts, and denial can create neural pathways in the brain that encourage sadness. These negative tendencies can cause our brain to distort the truth and make it even more difficult to break the negative cycle. Luckily, most habits can be broken. Experts say that it takes 21 days to break a habit.

What are the Types of Negativity?

Negativity can manifest itself in numerous ways:

1) Cynicism: A general distrust of people and their motives.

2) Hostility: Unfriendliness towards others; unwilling to develop relationships.

3) Filtering: Only noticing the bad in what should be a happy experience or memory.

4) Polarized Thinking: The belief that if something or someone is not perfect, then they must be horrible.

5) Jumping to Conclusions: Assuming something bad will happen because of circumstances in the present.

6) Catastrophizing: The belief that disaster is inevitable.

7) Blaming: Blaming others for personal maladies, and feeling that you are a victim to life’s uncontrollable events.

8) Emotional Reasoning: Using your emotions to define what is real and what is not.

9) Fallacy of Change: The thinking that if people or circumstances change, you can then be happy.

10) Heaven’s Reward Fallacy: Type of negativity that assumes there will always be a reward for hard work and sacrifice. When the reward does not come, you become bitter and depressed.

How Does Negativity Affect the Body?

Negative thoughts and emotions are a natural response to disaster and heartache. But extended bouts of negativity can result in serious health problems. Negativity sends our body into stress, or ‘fight-or-flight’ mode. Our bodies are designed to deal with stressful situations by releasing cortisol into the bloodstream, making you more alert and focused. Though some stress is good for us, too much can be detrimental to your health. Extended periods of negativity slows digestion, and decreases the immune system’s ability to fight inflammation. This is also why negative people are more likely to get more sick than optimists.

Some of the common effects of negativity include:

  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Drastic changes in metabolism (i.e. overeating or under-eating)

Prolonged negativity also hurts mental health, making individuals more likely to turn to smoking or substance abuse as a way of coping.



Overcoming Negativity (see link above)


westslope

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Posted: Oct 6, 2021 - 8:02am

Love for the mentally ill is hard to pull off for many.  

Not sure what it will take ..... more education?  Canada's largest telecom service provider — BCE — has lead a campaign over the past few years entitled:  "Let's Talk".   I have no idea how effective it is.

Bell Let's Talk launches BIPOC mental health podcast series


Disclosure:  We own shares in BCE.to.  
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 10:34pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:
 oldviolin wrote:

Let your default position be love. All you ones. All you zeros. All you slaves. All you heroes...



Love doesn't pay for cancer treatment or mental heath care.

 
Maybe not, but love is a key ingredient to successful outcomes in both cases.  I do have personal experience with both of these predicaments.

This reminds me of a saying that was also a sign off for someone on the radio, whom I sadly have forgotten exactly who it was ...

Remember, you must love yourself in order to be lovable to others.
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 6:05pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:
 oldviolin wrote:

Let your default position be love. All you ones. All you zeros. All you slaves. All you heroes...



Love doesn't pay for cancer treatment or mental heath care.

 That wasn't necessarily a comment relative to your situation, but;

Is that how it works? Because if it is...
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 5:55pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Let your default position be love. All you ones. All you zeros. All you slaves. All you heroes...



Love doesn't pay for cancer treatment or mental heath care.

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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 5:53pm

Let your default position be love. All you ones. All you zeros. All you slaves. All you heroes...
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 5:51pm

 haresfur wrote:


I would make a comment about how insane the American insurance situation is but we have our own weirdness with health care that I have never been able to figure out. 

Yes we have Medicare for all provided by the government. Then they encourage you to get supplemental private health care by giving a tax break if you do. But doctors are allowed to charge more than the government rate if they want and you have to pay the difference, unless there is some hardship or something. But your private insurance doesn't cover that gap in payment, which is what I would think it should be for.  The private insurance seems to be mostly to cover procedures in private hospitals and maybe payment for meds that aren't on the government approved list, depending on your plan. Or something, like I said, I can't figure it out.

So yeah, I finally got a health care provider after waiting forever for an appointment have just stuck with him. Every six months I talk with him on the phone so he can renew my prescriptions, since he won't see patients in person due to covid (that was the rule for a while but now he could see patients in person if he wanted). I was happy enough with the arrangement as long as he kept pushing the drugs. But then I started having a really weird reaction to the time release speed (sorry ritalin) that took me a long time to figure out. I had to come up with my own idea to change the treatment plan and get him to agree. I would possibly see someone else but I don't want to risk having them fuck up things that more or less work.

Sorry to make this about me, but if you have a good working relationship with your doc it sucks to have to change it.



I hear you. The reason we have this mess is greed. Insurance companies make billions and they're - and their shareholders - are not about to give that up. For-profit "health care" is a contradiction in terms.
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 2:37pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:


How timely. I've been going to the same provider for years and now they are suddenly "out of network" I plan on calling my carrier tomorrow to inquire about this nonsense.

I’m pretty blessed after reading some posts. Since covid I get a call once a month from my therapist. We chat for about 45 minutes and get my scripts for my meds to be called in. I’ll keep some of you in my good thoughts for you to get the help you need. 


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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 2:09pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:


How timely. I've been going to the same provider for years and now they are suddenly "out of network" I plan on calling my carrier tomorrow to inquire about this nonsense.


Good luck.
I don't have out of network coverage, but I was able to get my insurance carrier to make an exception for my son...after I made a few hours of calls to in-network providers, a handful of which actually returned my call to say they had no availability. 
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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 2:06pm

 black321 wrote:

WSJ article on finding a therapist. It's worth noting that if you can't find an in network provider, the insurance carrier has to provide out of network coverage, whether your plan has that option or not.


Finding a therapist who takes insurance was tough before the pandemic. Now, therapists and patients say, an increase in the need for mental-health care is making the search even harder.

Especially in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., demand for mental-health care is so strong that many experienced therapists don’t accept any insurance plans, they say. They can easily fill their practices with patients who would pay out of pocket, they add. Therapists who do take insurance are often booked up. And in many smaller towns and rural areas, there are few mental-health professionals at all. Finding a provider who takes insurance, or lowering your rates in other ways, is possible but often takes legwork that can be draining when you are already grappling with mental-health issues.

Paying out of pocket for individual weekly therapy can add up to thousands of dollars a year. In major cities, the going rate for experienced clinical psychologists can be as much as $300 for a 45-minute session. The typical fee for a session with a licensed clinical social worker is between $120 and $180

Psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists who don’t accept insurance say that insurers’ reimbursement rates are too low.

About 34% of people with private insurance said they had difficulty finding a therapist who would accept their coverage, according to a 2016 survey—the most recent data available—

Office visits to mental-health providers are more than five times more likely to be out of network than are visits to primary-care providers, according to a 2019 report

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How timely. I've been going to the same provider for years and now they are suddenly "out of network" I plan on calling my carrier tomorrow to inquire about this nonsense.
black321

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Posted: Oct 5, 2021 - 2:01pm

WSJ article on finding a therapist. It's worth noting that if you can't find an in network provider, the insurance carrier has to provide out of network coverage, whether your plan has that option or not.


Finding a therapist who takes insurance was tough before the pandemic. Now, therapists and patients say, an increase in the need for mental-health care is making the search even harder.

Especially in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., demand for mental-health care is so strong that many experienced therapists don’t accept any insurance plans, they say. They can easily fill their practices with patients who would pay out of pocket, they add. Therapists who do take insurance are often booked up. And in many smaller towns and rural areas, there are few mental-health professionals at all. Finding a provider who takes insurance, or lowering your rates in other ways, is possible but often takes legwork that can be draining when you are already grappling with mental-health issues.

Paying out of pocket for individual weekly therapy can add up to thousands of dollars a year. In major cities, the going rate for experienced clinical psychologists can be as much as $300 for a 45-minute session. The typical fee for a session with a licensed clinical social worker is between $120 and $180

Psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists who don’t accept insurance say that insurers’ reimbursement rates are too low.

About 34% of people with private insurance said they had difficulty finding a therapist who would accept their coverage, according to a 2016 survey—the most recent data available—

Office visits to mental-health providers are more than five times more likely to be out of network than are visits to primary-care providers, according to a 2019 report

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/w...


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Posted: Aug 20, 2021 - 4:36am

 black321 wrote:


 
 

Nice. I've tried Headspace and Calm, but not this one yet.


 well get busy brother! grey matter matters!

black321

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Posted: Nov 9, 2020 - 8:27am



 miamizsun wrote:

 

Nice. I've tried Headspace and Calm, but not this one yet.
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Posted: Nov 5, 2020 - 5:14pm


miamizsun

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Posted: Sep 2, 2020 - 6:54pm

 PoundPuppy wrote:
FYI, the relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020. Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Health have a 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264.
 

wow

i heard there was an increase but thirty percent is huge

thanks for the heads up

stay safe
{#Hug}
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Posted: Sep 2, 2020 - 6:51pm

FYI, the relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020. Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Health have a 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264.
westslope

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Posted: Aug 29, 2020 - 5:38pm



 meower wrote:
Colleague died by suicide last night
 
That is tough.  My thoughts are with the colleagues and family that were left behind.

And yes, meower, suicide is a 'thing'.  A far more important 'thing' than it should be.

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Posted: Aug 29, 2020 - 10:58am

quarantine fatigue is a thing

i've made a stupor-human effort to stay vigilant

you know, keep my guard up and stuff

everyone is stressed to some extent

noticing some folks are out of patience... 
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