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The Cost of Health Care

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I am not sure if the general public understands the administrative nightmare involved in getting paid for services rendered by health care professionals. I just spent over an hour on the phone with a health insurance company, attempting to get paid for services rendered to a client. After being transferred five times, and sitting on hold for over an hour, I hung up in frustration. Part of the reason why health care costs are so high in this country is …

New Parents Support Group Starting

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Therapy at Work LLC is resurrecting its Parents of Teens Support Group, which will meet the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at 496 US Highway 22 West, Lebanon NJ 08833. To register, call 908-809-3721. The group will meet on the following dates: November 10, 2014, December 8, 2014, and January 12, 2015 from 7 to 8 p.m. The group will be limited to 15 people, and will be facilitated by Diane Kolodzinski, LPC, a licensed …

A Tribute to Robin Williams

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Countless touching comments, stories, and memories of Robin Williams have been shared this week, and I feel compelled to write as well on a topic many struggle to discuss: suicide. I have personally been touched by three individuals I knew well who committed suicide, and in my practice treat individuals with suicidal thoughts; and family members who have been impacted by a loved one’s taking his or her own life, or attempting to. The aftermath is devastating and long-lasting. Clinicians actively …

The Latest Statistics — Who is Normal?

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18 percent of the US population suffers from some kind of anxiety disorder, and additionally: 6 percent have Major Depression 2.6 percent have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 percent Schizophrenia On top of that, 4 percent of adults have ADHD; and 9 percent have some diagnosable personality disorder, such as Borderline Personality Disorder (often linked to trauma), Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Anti-Social Personality Disorder. All that adds up to 40.6 percent of the …

DEALING WITH ADOLESCENTS

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The teen years can be turbulent for both the teen and his or her parents. You will survive! Remember: we all went through this stressful and often confusing period, but we all came out the other side. The transition from childhood to adulthood starts for many at age 12 and can continue on through 19, 20, even up to age 25, when research shows the brain’s executive functioning is mostly fully developed. Until then, teens are struggling with separating from …

ODE TO THE SNOW SHOVEL

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The Northeast US was plummeted with 10+ inches of the white fluffy stuff yesterday, shutting down roads, businesses and schools. Rather than take on all 10 includes at once, I decided to shovel 3 to 4 inches at a time, getting several bouts of fresh air, exercise, and winter at its finest! A snow shovel is a unique and special tool. Mine is old and flat and bent and metal, making a raw, scraping sound as it hits the pavement. …

What to Ask your Doctor

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Traditionally, a person would not walk into a doctor’s office and ask how much this service or that service costs. Health care is unique, in that there are no price tags on services, no prices posted when you walk through the door. How much is that immunization shot? How much will that blood test cost me? How much is that MRI? As transperancy becomes more of an issue in health care, it is important for consumers of health care services to ask …