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Narcissistic Abuse: An Unspoken Reality   Leave a comment

narcissistic-abusehttp://narcissismdocumentary.com/

Richard Grannon made this documentary for all the victims of narcissistic abuse who felt as unheard and misunderstood as he did. For everyone who had their family and friends look at them like they were crazy when they tried to describe the issues within the relationship or who even had people turn their back on them for saying that something was wrong.

And especially for everyone who endured going to a therapist or counsellor only to be told by a “professional” that narcissistic abuse wasn’t real and the problems were all inside their own head.
Narcissistic abuse is real and highly destructive and it’s time this issue not be swept under the carpet anymore.

 

Erasing Family   Leave a comment

Courtesy of Craig Childress, Psy.D., I viewed rough cuts of a documentary film about parental alienation called “Erasing Family.” The documentary includes stories told by targeted parents. Most powerful are statements by now-reunited children.  This is strong stuff. Some of you may cry watching the 2 related videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb5w4gACdjA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCJk1O3fbHU

The director and producers have met much resistance, including a Court order to remove it from YouTube and having it censored in Argentina. They need funding. Go to their website. http://erasingfamily.org/

If you wish, you may contribute.

Gaslighting   Leave a comment

Gaslighting is a technique of twisting and spinning information with the intent of making victims doubt their own perceptions and reality.

The term derives from a 1938 play, later adapted to the film Gas Light released in 1940 and 1944. The plot involves the psychological manipulation by a husband who attempts to convince his wife that she is insane. He manipulates aspects of their environment, and then insists that she is mistaken or delusional. The film title refers to his dimming the gas lights in the house, but the husband insists his wife just imagined the change.

The Science of Depression   Leave a comment

Posted October 19, 2015 by Les Linet MD in Adult and Family Psychiatry, Child

Do you want insurance companies to interfere with your prescriptions? I don’t.   Leave a comment

Contact your elected state officials about pharmacy prior authorizations

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Pharmacy prior authorizations are making ever-greater demands on physician offices and are consuming an increasing share of doctors’ time. I simply ask that you write to your Governor, your State Senator, and your State Assembly Person. (Insurance is regulated by the state.)

You may copy and paste the following letter and send it electronically to each of your elected state officials. For NJ residents, use this link and paste the letter, modifying it as you wish:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp

For people in other states, an internet search will provide your elected state officials.

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Dear Governor:

Dear State Senator:

Dear Assembly Person:

I am urging legislation that will reform pharmacy prior authorization demands by health insurance companies, a critically important patient protection, to ensure that psychiatrists, other physicians and health care professionals can prescribe the medications they believe are the most appropriate and efficacious for their patient’s condition. This is especially important at a time when we need to reduce avoidable hospitalizations – a strong component of which is ensuring that patient receive the medications they need.

Currently, psychiatrists are spending nearly a fifth of their time on prior authorizations, time their patients need in order to remain healthy and out of the hospital. Among other things, legislation should remove the requirement that a prescriber “demonstrate” that a medication is medically necessary and warranted – a process that health insurance companies have used to demand endless evidence and documentation. Furthermore, these demands vary among the more than two dozen health insurance companies who each have their own formularies.

Continuity in prescribing psychiatric medication is especially important as different patients with the same diagnosis respond differently to the same medication. There is no one-size-fits-all in psychiatric practice. it takes time to find the most effective medication and dose for any given patient.

As such, I urge you to support legislation that allows doctors to treat patients.

Very truly yours,

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