Revisiting Marijuana Addiction

In my latest Psychology Today blog I discuss recent medical literature which highlights the likelihood of becoming addicted to marijuana as well as the various consequences for those who over consume it, especially those who do so in adolescence.

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Help for Physicians who have Substance Use Disorders

Most states have physician health programs (PHPs), and physicians who are referred to them are generally bound to do whatever the PHP tells them in order to continue practicing medicine.   Thus, PHPs wield a lot of power.  The problem with them, however, is that despite their great power, many PHPs operate with little real oversight and as a result the rights and well-being of physicians who are referred to them can suffer.

Read my blog post at Psychology Today here.

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Psychology Today Blog–Psychiatrists Waste Millions of Hours Obtaining Prior Authorizations from Insurers

It is a travesty that insurance companies single out psychiatric patients for this kind of scrutiny.  Your physician doesn’t have to call an insurance company to admit you if you are a woman in labor or a kid with appendicitis.

 

See my blog post here:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/almost-addicted/201305/psychiatrists-waste-millions-hours-obtaining-prior-auths

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My book Almost Addicted won an award for excellence in medical writing!

Several days ago I received notice that Almost Addicted won the Will Solemine Award for Excellence in Medical Writing by the American Medical Writers Association.  This is an award for medical writing that is geared toward a general audience.  I am delighted to receive this award and take my hat off to Eric Metcalf whose writing and experience made the book what it is.

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Healthcare in the US–In Need of a Booster Shot, if not Replacement Surgery

Some claim the US has the best health care in the world but even a cursory review of data suggests otherwise.  Unfortunately, Obamacare is neither going to help or hurt the reality of the healthcare status of the US, despite the hilarious and dire predictions of the Fox News Business correspondent on this video:

The solution, like all of the countries with better health outcomes than us, is a nationalized health care system that is non-profit and guarantees integration of services.  Kind of like the VA healthcare system or Medicare . . .

 

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When May I Shoot A Student?

Op-ed in today’s New York Times says it all:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/opinion/when-may-i-shoot-a-student.html?_r=0

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What To Do If a Family Member is Abusing Drugs

See my latest Psychology Today post here for my thoughts on this topic.

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Psychiatric Care is Hard to Find, Even With “Good” Insurance

Lots of psychiatrists do not take any insurance, as documented by a recent paper in JAMA Psychiatry and written about in Newsweek.

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Do You Know Anyone Who Refuses Medicare?

Instead of the dramatically confusing largely private insurance options offered by Obamacare, why not streamline things and offer Medicare-for all?  I don’t know a single individual who refuses to utilize his or her Medicare benefits, no matter his or her political persuasion, how much he or she might despise the federal government along with all things “Socialist.”

Perfect example:  One of my relatives in his early 60s  told me that he wanted the government “to keep its hands off his healthcare.”  When I asked him if he’d begun to receive Medicare benefits, he replied,  ”No, but I’m counting the days.”

 

 

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Provocative question!  See my discussion of this issue here at Psychology Today.

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