Mental Healthcare Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

With the imminent arrival of the already-much-loathed DSM 5 and my thoughts more frequently turning to moving back to the US (I currently live in The Netherlands), I’ve been thinking a lot about what a move would/will mean for my mental healthcare. By the time I return, the Affordable Care …

Family Support

Should Involuntary Treatment for the Mentally Ill Be the Law?

Before I make my exit for the month of November to take part in NaNoWriMo, let me leave you with something meaty to chew on while I’m offline. In 2002, California passed legislation allowing judges to order involuntary treatment for people with severe mental illnesses if they have a history …


Costs of Hospitalization

It’s New Year’s Day, so I’m celebrating with the usual cleaning of a few closets, getting rid of stuff, etc, etc. One pile of paperwork which was excavated is quite interesting – insurance company statements from two of my hospitalizations for depression.  (Like most misdiagnosed Bipolar II peeps, I sought …

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