WHAT MAKES ME TICK?

Mental illness or brain injury is responsible for devastating the lives of many innocent people. I see it OVER and OVER again.

Our focus as a society is wrong!

Regardless of whether we are dealing with mental illness or brain injury- we should provide adequate and ongoing treatment to people who need it.

We need to be proactive- not reactive.

Unfortunately insurance companies represent a major stumbling block for people battling with brain injury and psychiatric illness.  Insurance companies are not concerned with the quality of care but only about the bottom line… money. 

There is a direct relationship between socioeconomic factors and quality of care.  Only those individuals, who can afford to pay for private doctors, get needed support.   If you have a decent insurance plan, you have a better chance of succeeding.   If you are poor, you are not going to get the help you need.

Occasionally, rather than getting the appropriate treatment, patients will get the option that best satisfies the greed of the insurance plans.   Admittedly, I have seen colleagues and fellow psychologists also exploit the system so they can get paid.

From my standpoint, as a therapist, this makes me very angry.  I would like nothing more than to provide people with quality care and not let insurance companies dictate what I should do.>> Read more

A Free App for dealing with PTSD

An App to help those dealing with symptoms of PTSD. The app can link you to local sources of support and even help manage symptoms in the moment, The free application, now available via the iTunes store for the iPhone, also provides people with accurate information about PTSD.

The application is meant to be a supplement and not be a replacement for mental health treatment and other medical services available. But may be an excellent tool to add to your healing kit ♥

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ptsd-coach/id430646302?mt=8

http://defensetech.org/2012/08/02/new-ptsd-app-for-iphone-android/>> Read more

Four legged creatures with waggly tails can save lives:

Last night, as I was flipping through channels, I came across a show entitled: CNN Heroes; Everyday People Changing the World.

The show featured Mary Cortani. She founded a nonprofit that matches war veterans who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety and depression with their own service dogs.

Afghanistan war veterans have to start their lives all over again.  Their disability does not get the proper recognition it deserves.  Unwanted dogs (from rescue and shelters), help in ways that are beyond the scope of human beings.  As I was watching the show, I was deeply struck by the strong bond between the veterans and their dogs.  I am a dog lover myself and understand the boundless strength I get from my dog Nelly.

My thoughts go back to a veteran by the name of Teddy who I met in my office. Teddy had just returned after serving as a commander in Afghanistan.  Like many returning veterans, he suffered from PTSD and TBI.

Here are some actual quotes from my first sessions with Teddy:

“ I’m a mess and on edge about everything these days…. “

“ I feel paralyzed and I can’t do anything….”
“I wish I had lost my legs in the war instead of a TBI. 

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Hello world!

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I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new blog.

One split second can change a life forever.  Almost every day, I meet with individuals whose identities have been tragically “taken” from them from right under their feet.

My day is devoted to helping these individuals.  Everyone is equal, regardless of ethnic background, education, upbringing and profession.   You all struggle with the same losses, frustrations and isolation.

Why is there so much prejudice against people who suffer brain injury?

  • Our society fails to acknowledge and help individuals who are suffering from brain injury.
  • Brain injuries, unlike other physical injuries, are invisible. People may look good on the outside, but have significant problems dealing with every single moment of their day.
  • Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. It is called the “invisible illness.”
  • Acquaintances, friends, family and co-workers do not understand the permanence and seriousness of the injury.
  • People very often believe that those individuals suffering with TBI are not trying hard enough to get better. People often believe that patients are lazy, unmotivated and lying.
  • Frustration often occurs, and splits families, friends and others when TBI issues manifest.

But hope is on the way

  • Head injury is slowly getting the attention it so desperately deserves.
  • The media, including internet, television and newspapers, are starting to highlight relevant news about this long overdue subject.
  • Large number of war veterans and athletes are being diagnosed everyday with head injuries

It is overwhelming for you to shift through this yourself!  In this blog, I will selectively post suggestions  that I know can help change your life.
I want you to have the right advice and support to tackle all the unknown obstacles lying ahead for you.

Examples

  • What can I expect my future to be like?
  • What help should I get and from where?
  • Are there new Apps that can help me navigate more reliably through my day?

I am tired of seeing all the biases to which you are subjected!

This blog is a platform for each and every one of you to voice your concerns and get much-needed support from one another and also from me. That is why I decided to have this blog: It is to help and provide you with practical advice.

If you have a question or a topic that you need to understand, please let me know.

Everyday, I am humbled and inspired by each one of you.  We need to unite.

This blog is dedicated to all the wonderful individuals I meet with everyday, whose lives and stories need to be heard!

Together lets change the world and the biases! I urge you to speak up and make your voice heard.  Pass this blog and the Face-book page along to your friends and relatives.   It is certainly the right moment in time to do this!
So together
Lets Move A Head!

Dr. Heidi Spitz heidi@spitz.com