SPEAK UP FOR EQUALITY IN MENTAL ILLNESS HEALTHCARE

CHANGE.ORG PETITION UPDATE

Fix Mental Healthcare

Theresa Kinley
Norcross, GA
Jan 6, 2015 — I would like to thank everyone who signed or commented on my petition to Cigna. Unfortunately, Cigna is quite accustomed to people complaining about the level of care they provide–or don’t provide–to their premium paying customers; they simply blocked the petition and signatures. The insurance companies’ behavior has finally received some attention from the media, specifically a 60 Minutes piece about Anthem denying care to the seriously mentally ill. I would like to build on that momentum by launching a website dedicated to the stories of those who, in addition to battling serious mental illness, must also battle their insurance companies to get treatment. To the insurers trying to cut costs these people don’t matter; we know they do matter. I would like to encourage anyone with a story to tell about the their experience in dealing with an insurance company while seeking treatment for a mental illness to visit http://fixmentalhealthcare.wordpress.com  to submit your story.
Thank you again and God bless you all.

Fix Mental Health Care
Fix Mental Health Care
Mission Statement: With this website we are seeking to raise awareness of the harm the health insurers do to those…

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  1. For us, our insurance is awesome and will pay for anyone that we want to see. Unfortunately, the doctors in our area won’t take our military insurance. It’s frustrating because our daughter has Bipolar and has not been able to see a psychiatrist. Our family physician finally decided to treat her himself. Thank God for doctors like him who actually care about their patients and not so much about the money. Our daughter has improved greatly and I am thankful that I found somebody willing to help her!

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    • I’m glad to hear the family doctor stepped up to help with your daughters treatment. Keep pushing for a Psychiatrist, family doctors are not as familiar with the illness or how to manage the meds. I hope you find a way to find a Psychiatrist, even if a bit of a drive.
      I was diagnosed over 30 years ago and my Psychiatrist has save me life several time.
      Do you have hospitals that perform clinical trails for bipolar or depression? I’ve done several just out of curiosity, they usually pay you and the treatment is free. You just have to know what type of study and the benefits.
      How old is your daughter?
      Hugs
      M

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      • My daughter is 18. We don’t have clinical trials in our area. We have tried getting into a Psychiatrist out of town that takes our insurance but now they are giving us excuses why we can’t make an appointment. They have been putting us off since November. Luckily our doctor is educating himself in order to treat her and everything he has done has really helped and she feels like herself again. Also, she sees a therapist at our church for free once a month and that has been such a blessing.

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      • Hi Friend
        What country are you in? Specialized medical treatment doesn’t sound easy to get. If I ask to many questions or give to much advice, pardon me. My goal is to help all I can. I have seen the highest high and lowest low of Bipolar Disorder. Does your daughter stay on higher side or lower side. Does she have spells of rapid cycling between the two? What type of events happened in the past to lead to Bipolar diagnosis. Was she recently diagnosis? I did a post on keeping a mood chart, but I didn’t draw it very good. I’ll draw another one with some explanations. Headline included Mood Chart if you would like to take a look.
        I’m glad we’ve met and look forward to getting to know you.
        M

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      • I am in the United States and specialized medicine is everywhere, it’s just that now with the new Obama care system. My insurance company isn’t paying doctors as much anymore and so now I have fewer doctors who will accept my insurance. My daughter was having hallucinations and hearing voices. Pretty scary stuff! Just started last year out of the blue. Now she is on Seroquel and doing much better. Her symptoms are mostly gone but she does have spells of rapid cycling every now and then. Her moods are pretty stable but she does have her good days and bad. She is in her last year of high school and I homeschool her. I don’t think she would have made it through this year any other way. She spent a week at a Psychiatric hospital in the beginning. I would love to see the mood chart. Sounds interesting… Glad we met too! 🙂

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      • I’m not sure Obama care delivered did as promised. It’s difficult for you knowing Bipolar does not have a cure. As she gets older, she will experience the same frustration. I’m 51, diagnosed over 30 years ago and it can weigh heavy on the shoulders. Do you want me to send Mood Chart to your email? Just send it over and I’ll work on it and email. Before I forget, you probably already know this but Seroquel and many of the meds cause weight gain. The drugs help but it can be very difficult for you woman. One drug I would ask your doctor about is Lithium, the drug has been around forever and many with Bipolar take it. I’ve been taking for over twenty years. The benefit for Bipolar sufferers the properties work to even out the mood.
        🙂
        M

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      • Yes please send it, you can email me a jeansforjesus@gmail.com. I do know about the side-effects of Seroquel. Can you take Lithium with Seroquel or is it taken alone? Is the Lithium a mood stabilizer? I think my daughter mentioned Lithium before. She has been researching a lot on her own. I have a feeling that she is going to have a hard time as she gets older. I am helping her manage things now, but eventually she will have to do it on he own. I am hoping that she keeps up with the meds once she is on her own. When she is feeling fine she doesn’t think that she needs them anymore and I have to remind her that she does.

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      • Thanks M, for all of the help. I received your emails today but haven’t had a chance to look at them closely yet. We haven’t been able to find any free group sessions yet. In God’s perfect timing I am sure we will. She was on antidepressants at first and those did nothing for her. The Seroquel has been the only help so far and she is feeling good about 75% of the time and no thoughts of suicide anymore ever. I am thankful for Gods grace ad mercy in our lives.

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      • M
        I will help anyone who needs support. II tried to kill myself at 9 years old. My life sucked until I went to live with grandparents as a teenager. That was after a year of bad girl boarding school. Bipolar has ruled my life so many years. I live in Dallas area so everything is available. I’m very fortunate, my doctor is a Psychopharmacologist. In a not shell he is steps beyond a Psychiatrist. He is familiar with the brain, better able to determine what part of brain is effected. Then takes his expertise with meds and looks a best med/meds to give.
        UTSW is a top college her for mental illness and there are less and less going into the field.
        people who have severe mental illness need these types of doctors. I had problems taking antidepressant’s for years, I would cycle or get to high.
        What part of US do you live in? I like helping people, the hole in my heart is filled by giving. I have a ton to learn, I’m a recently an ordained minister. Once I live Thru Lyme disease I want to work children and elderly. I’ve started a charity but to sick at this time.
        Take care I’ll work on scanning again.
        M

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      • Thanks so much for everything! I still need to check out those videos and links you sent. Been busy with Easter and having family here. We live in Wisconsin, Janesville area. We have several big cities near us, but we don’t like to travel too far in the winter months because of the snow. Sounds like you have a great doctor. Sorry to hear about your early years. Seems like you are stronger for it though, which is a good thing! 🙂

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      • M
        Lyme Disease can kick you to the curb and you don’t know when you’ll get up. I had a rough day. I will not forget the mood chart, I think it’s important. It could really help your daughter start to see patterns and over time better prepared.
        M

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