Thoughts concerning a previous administration are not important. How the ACA was initially implemented is neither here nor there. The perception of Medicaid to the casual observer is inconsequential.
Saving lives is the objective!
As we all know, the opioid epidemic in America is a mental health problem. Families are losing loved ones from this addiction. The numbers are tremendous.
Therefore, it is paramount that the ACA and Medicaid programs are expanded to help individuals help themselves with drug therapy and other tools these programs make available.
It would become detrimental to have the programs decreased/removed entirely for current enrollees. It is analogous to a highly effective prescribed medication leaving the market, suddenly, without a proven alternative as a replacement.
Do No Harm is an important aspect within the mental health community. It is a must that school of thought is adopted/enhanced by those who do the People’s work.
Since the January 10, 2014 posting, Psych Central: “Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness”, research on gut bacteria has increased exponentially regarding how good bacteria plays a positive role for the mind and body, and in particular cognitive difficulties that can manifest from unhealthy bacteria. The following are links for additional literature concerning both kinds of bacteria:
Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut (California Institute of Technology (Caltech.edu), April 9, 2015)
Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism (Science Daily, November 14, 2016)
Gut microbiome contributes to Parkinson’s, study suggests (MedicalNewsToday.com, December 2, 2016)
Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome (Psychiatry Advisor, May 17, 2016)
The Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome and Potential Link to Alzheimer’s Disease (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Frontiers in Neurology, April 4, 2014)
The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain (Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science, October 16, 2015)
The following resource is a brief presentation by Dr. Samuel Hunter:
[VIDEO] “Gut Bacteria and Multiple Sclerosis”
The following are some of the various topics pertaining to this all-important week:
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Central Nervous System
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Do your part to destigmatize mental health conditions.