The current political climate is not good for people with mental illness. Many receive benefits under the ACA’s parity for mental and physical health clause and Medicaid expansion. For many of those, especially people struggling with substance abuse, the treatment made available has been very successful. I’ve heard scores of stories, and have seen lots of data, illustrating how people for whom care was unattainable have been able to turn their lives around just because of the availability of treatment. That, and their own hard work at getting well. Now, with the attitudes spurred by the failed American Health Care Act, those newly granted benefits are being viewed by some as up for review.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation, or working with the breath and releasing thoughts as they arise, has been very helpful to me for many years. The health, cognitive, and emotional benefits of this practice are well documented. But sometimes, to the horror of my teachers, I pull out a notepad and start paying closer attention to the thoughts skipping through my mind during meditation periods, turning each meditation into a period of contemplation on goals and intentions. Meditation has demonstrated that it makes us more open to more ideas, and more noticing of novel thoughts. So why not put this to use every once in a while?