The Opioid Epidemic in the U.S., The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid Expansion, Mental Health

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.

 

Vikki

 

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Healthy and Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

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”

 

 

Vikki

 

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week

The following are some of the various topics pertaining to this all-important week:

ADHD
Anger Management
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Central Nervous System
Cognition Difficulties
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Coping Mechanisms
Creativity
Depression
Emotions
Family Violence
Fear
Grief
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Menopause
Metabolic Disorders
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Negative Personality/Attitude
Neuroscience
Neurotransmitters
Panic Attacks
Phobias
Positive Personality/Attitude
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Prescribed Medication
Psychopathy
Psychotherapy
Relaxation
Schizophrenia
Shame
Sleep
Spirituality
Stress Management
Strengths
Substance Abuse
Synaesthesia
Therapy
Weaknesses
Weight Gain

Do your part to destigmatize mental health conditions.

 

Vikki

 

On Time Management, A Spiritual Message

The day will come when all of us will reflect on our lives.  As is the case, most reflections are performed brutally honest.  The following are important issues to consider:

  • Did we engage in the practice of lifting up others, or did we tear them down?
  • Will our nickname be called Peacemaker, or Instigator–always searching for problems to ignite?
  • Will we have the ability to describe ourselves long-tempered/even-tempered, or as individuals who should have entered anger management therapy long ago?
  • Are we positive role models worth emulating, or something else entirely?
  • In conflicts, and where appropriate, did we offer kindness (i.e., humor/ignoring/remaining silent) to defuse unpleasant situations, or were we always at the ready to argue, swing a punch?
  • Did we harbor intelligence, or a limited mind based upon disparaging comments spewed at others (and about others) on a regular basis?
  • Were we inclusive because we like people, or engage in anti-semitism, bigotry, prejudice, racism, homophobia predicated on self-hatred?
  • Did our attitudes and behaviors bring good people around us, or did good people run/scatter/perform u-turns to escape from us because of our foul attitudes and behaviors?
  • Did envy and a jealous nature live beneath us, or will these attributes have front-row chairs in our hearts and minds?
  • Shall we have understood that life pertained to long-term self-improvement, or utter such nonsense that we are examples of perfection itself?
  • Will we say that love, compassion for others have been the hallmark of our lives, or that we lived a life of selfishness?  Can we say we were spending our lives making numerous attempts to become people our Heavenly Father can be proud of?

May everyone have peace, happiness, love, an abundance of life, and positive reflection on that special day.

 

Vikki