Insurance Companies and Psychiatric Medications

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Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Insurance Companies and Psychiatric Medications

  Insurance Companies and Psychiatric Medications

A lot of people are responding/commenting to these two articles by Angela McClanahan, author of the "Life with Bob" blog.

Angela's son, Bob, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD and the insurance company denied what they say is a "premature" refill of his prescriptions. Most of the reader response centers around a comment made by "ConcernedMom" who questions whether Bob's psychiatrist and Angela are over-medicating him? She thinks the insurance company acted as an appropriate gatekeeper.

I'm in no position to judge that, but in the article, Angela asks a bigger question that affects everyone with a mental illness:

"Who are these people who get to decide what medication we take and how much? Not the physicians we're paying $100 (or more) a visit. Why bother going to a doctor at all? Next time you're feeling poorly, just call your insurance company–they apparently have the power to diagnose you AND determine your best course of treatment, all without seeing you OR your medical history."

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How to Improve Your Mental Health When Living with a Chronic Illness.

Whether you are living with fibromyalgia or cancer, you know having a chronic illness can't be good for your mental health. So how do you improve your level of mental wellness? Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte specializes in helping those affected by chronic and serious illness to live a balanced life. Watch this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Chronic Illness and Mental Health Connection - TV Show blog)

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Living with Adult ADHD

Kelly Babcock, author of the blog "Tao of Taylor," spent a good portion of his life trying to figure out why things weren't going right. For him, receiving a diagnosis of Adult ADHD was a life-changing event. We discuss that on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. Listen to Living with Adult ADHD.

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  • Parenting a Child with Schizoaffective Disorder: What is it like parenting a child with a serious mental illness? Our guest, Chrisa Hickey, is mother to three children. Her middle son, Timothy, is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. Chrisa discusses how difficult it was to adjust to the fact that her son has a serious mental illness. She talks about the impact that it's had on her other children, her marriage, and the tough decisions that she and her husband have made.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2011, July 1). Insurance Companies and Psychiatric Medications, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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