Behavioral Health and Brain Power

After continuing Carl Jung’s research in the unknown region of the human psyche through dream interpretation, I discovered the anti-conscience which is the wild side of the human conscience. The anti-conscience is a primitive demon that didn’t evolve like the human side of our conscience. This is why it generates mental illnesses within the human side of our conscience.

This was a shocking discovery! It would be very convenient for me if I had a degree in psychiatry or psychology so that I could prove my statements and be respected. However, I had to study alone. I also had to fight alone against craziness, after discovering the terrible anti-conscience.

I saw that the anti-conscience constantly invades everyone’s conscience. This is why the human being is basically evil, and our world is characterized by wars, crimes, terrorism, poverty, and many other horrors. Another shocking proof of the human absurdity is the indifference of those who have money and protection, in parallel with the misery of the victims of terror, violence, and poverty.

Those who have a lot of money pay the police to hide their crimes, the same way they pay everyone else to simply do what they want. They decide everything, while they are totally indifferent to what happens with those who battle for their survival.

Most people in our world are influenced or completely controlled by their anti-conscience. This is why those who are fortunate enough to live far from terror ignore the despair of those who live in misery. Their cold indifference reflects abnormal behavior, which generates many psychological problems. This is why they are not happy, even if they live like kings.

Many other problems independent of money also transform our world into a living hell. In such a world, all universities are based on absurd concepts. Therefore, I would waste my time studying psychiatry in a university of my historical time. Our global behavioral health is basically characterized by severe mental illnesses.

Fortunately, I discovered that the unconscious mind that produces our dreams has a divine origin. Carl Jung was afraid to completely trust the unconscious mind, but I verified that the unconscious mind has saintly characteristics.

I was saved from schizophrenia by the unconscious warnings. I cured many people through dream therapy for two decades, always obeying the unconscious guidance. Only then could I finally present my work to the public.

You probably didn’t know that you should prevent craziness. However, this is necessary because you are already absurd from birth. You have only a partial mental stability, which you can easily lose. My discoveries are not pleasant, but they represent salvation from despair. Dream translation according to the scientific method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung and simplified by me is the only guaranteed method of craziness prevention existent today.

The prevention and cure of all mental illnesses is based on your obedience to the unconscious psychotherapy in dreams. You will develop your intelligence through consciousness, and this way, eliminate your dangerous anti-conscience. You will acquire perfect behavioral health and brain power once your behavior is characterized by real goodness.

The Best Health Insurance Providers in the United States

In order to obtain the best medical insurance for your own as well as for your family members, it will be wise to look for the most well known health insurance companies in the market. If you don’t have any idea, this article may be able to assist you.

WellPoint Incorporation

It is the leading health plan provider in United States with approximately 35 million medical members. One of every nine Americans receives coverage for their medical care through WellPoint’s affiliated health plans. It offers a broad range of medical and specialty products.

United Health Group

It is the second largest health insurer in United States which is right behind WellPoint. It is famous for its health benefit plans with lower medical costs. In addition, it offers specialty care programs such as vision and dental care, as well as Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Accounts.

Aetna Incorporation

It is one of the most active and popular health insurance companies in United States. It offers a broad range of traditional and consumer based medical insurance products and related services which include medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life, long term care and disability plans as well as medical management capabilities.

CIGNA Corporation

It is one of the top US health insurers. It is a global health service company, dedicated to helping people to improve their health, well-being and security. CIGNA covers more than 9 million people in United States with its large variety of medical plans. It also offers other health coverage in the form of dental, vision, pharmacy, and behavioral health plans.

By knowing which companies are nationally recognized, it will be more convenient for you to obtain “quality” medical coverage.

Sensory Loss in Older Adults – Taste, Smell & Touch – Behavioral Approaches for Caregivers

As we age, our sensory systems gradually lose their sharpness. Because our brain requires a minimal amount of input to remain alert and functioning, sensory loss for older adults puts them at risk for sensory deprivation. Severe sensory impairments, such as in vision or hearing, may result in behavior similar to dementia and psychosis, such as increased disorientation and confusion. Added restrictions, such as confinement to bed or a Geri-chair, increases this risk. With nothing to show the passage of time, or changes in the environment, the sensory deprived person may resort to repetitive problem behaviors (calling out, chanting, rhythmic pounding/rocking) as an attempt to reduce the sense of deprivation and to create internal stimulation/sensations.

This article is the third in a series of three articles that discuss the prominent sensory changes that accompany aging, and considers the necessary behavioral adjustments or accommodations that should be made by professional, paraprofessional, and family caregivers who interact with older adults. Though the medical conditions are not reviewed in depth, the purpose of this article is to introduce many of the behavioral health insights, principles, and approaches that should influence our care giving roles. This article addresses age-related changes in taste, smell, and touch, and a related subject, facial expressiveness.

I. TASTE AND SMELL

A. Changes in taste and smell with aging:

1. Less involved in interpersonal communication, leading to decreased quality of life, and contributing to depression and apathy;

2. The decline in taste sensitivity with aging is worsened by smoking, chewing tobacco, and poor oral care. This results in more complaints about food tasting unpleasant or unappetizing, and sometimes causing the person to stop eating altogether;

3. With aging, there is a decline in the sense of smell, resulting in a decreased ability to identify odors. Also the person with a declining sense of smell is more tolerant of unpleasant odors, and this can be further exacerbated by smoking, some medications, and certain illnesses.

B. Effects of taste and smell changes on demented elderly:

1. Individuals with Alzheimers Disease lose their sense of smell more than non-dementia individuals, due to change in their recognition thresholds. This is because there is a concentration of tangles and plaques characteristic of Alzheimers Disease found in olfactory areas of the brains of patients with this disease, compounding the declining sense of smell that accompanies old age;

2. The impairment in the ability to distinguish flavors in foods for those with dementia results in diminished eating pleasure, and a loss of appetite. Recommendation: more attention to and greater awareness of the importance of eating, and reminders of having eaten, which can minimize the risk of malnutrition and dehydration;

3. The impaired sense of taste and smell can result in a serious inability to sense danger, such as gas leaks, smoke or other odors, which would obviously interfere with taking necessary steps for safety. Also, problems with taste may cause the person to overcook or use spoiled foods, raising the risk of food poisoning. Recommendation: use smoke detectors, clean out refrigerators regularly, and check drawers for food hoarding.

II. TOUCH

A. Changes in sense of touch with aging:

1. The sense of touch includes perception of pressure, vibration, temperature, pain, position of body in space, and localization of a touch. Some of this sense of touch diminishes with aging, but affects no more than 50% of older adults;

2. The most pronounced changes occur in the feet, and changes become less apparent as we move up the body. A decline in the sense of perception in the feet contributes to increased danger of falling or tripping over objects. Changes in hand sensitivity will often lead to dropping of objects;

3. Because the sense of touch is the most intact of all senses in older adults, and least impacted by advancing years, it can be the more important means of communicating, whether to gain his or her attention, to reassure him or her, to let the person know that you are there to help, and to guide the person in an activity;

4. Touch is therapeutic since older adults may be touch deprived. In medical and institutional settings, such as nursing homes, there may be even fewer opportunities for touch and physical contact. Recommendation: take extraordinary steps to make appropriate physical contact with the older adult for reassurance, to gain attention, to confirm communication, and to provide a greater sense of safety and security.

III. FACIAL EXPRESSIVENESS

1. Some neurological disorders, like Alzheimers
disease, Parkinsons, and other types of dementia result in decreased facial expressiveness. This makes it difficult to discern emotional reactions or expressions that would otherwise be apparent in those without such disorders;

2. Because we depend so much on non-verbal communications and facial expressiveness, it is difficult to know if the other person is hearing and understanding what we are communicating. This makes it less enjoyable and less rewarding to communicate with someone who does not show the expected emotional reaction, such as a smile, a laugh, a grimace, or even a shrug.
Recommendation: even in the absence of facial expressiveness, do not avoid communicating with this person, but do not be upset or disappointed when the emotional reaction does not appear. Caregiver disappointment and rejection only contributes further to apathy and withdrawal.

PRINCIPLES FOR CAREGIVERS

The following principles apply to caregiving approaches with older adults who have diminished sensory function. Increased sensitivity and insight to the needs of these individuals improves their quality of life and improves our effectiveness:

1. Observe his or her behavior, and look for cues and signs of pain or discomfort;

2. Help the person work through the emotional impact of the sensory changes, allowing expression, acceptance, and support of the grief and sadness accompanying these losses;

3. Do not try to fix the unpleasantness; acceptance and support goes a longer way toward healing than a quick fix or a patronizing attitude;

4. Reduce excess disability by maximizing whatever functioning is still left, such as proper eyeglass prescriptions, or functioning hearing aids;

5. Consider assistive devices (phone amplifiers, large text books, headphones, and the Braille Institute for a variety of useful visual aids).

6. Remember that the need for touch increases during periods of stress, illness, loneliness, and depression;

7. Touch is especially important when communicating with blind, deaf, and cognitively impaired individuals;

8. Use touch often, but only to the extent that the person is comfortable with it;

9. Do not give the person a pat on the head, or a tap on the cheek, as this can be perceived as condescending.

Normal aging brings with it a general decline in sensory functioning. To minimize the emotional, behavioral and attitudinal impact these losses have on older adults, caregivers should develop insights and approaches that take the special needs into account, and try to turn unpleasant, frustrating situations into more caring, helpful, and sensitive interactions. As caregivers can integrate behavioral principles in the delivery of the health care with older adults, we can have a positive impact on the management of these losses.

Copyright 2008 Concept Healthcare, LLC

Overview of Financial Barriers to Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Reform

There are many complexities associated with the financial and structural barriers to integration in mental and behavioral healthcare. For example, there has been considerable discussion about whether behavioral healthcare should be “carved-in” or “carved-out” when states or other purchasers make purchasing decisions. Some “carve-out” models have been customized to support clinical integration efforts, while some “carve-in” models have had the effect of reducing overall levels of behavioral healthcare spending and services, especially for the population with serious mental illness.

Treating depression in a Primary Care setting is a key factor in the financing issue. Many privately funded, national programs have been created with the goal of increasing the use of effective models for treating depression in primary care settings. Importantly, these programs addressing the impact that financial and structural issues that are being proposed will affect Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other clinical models. Many of the issues these programs raise speak directly to the financial and policy barriers in our existing behavioral healthcare system.

The clinical interventions that have been so successful in controlled research environments have proved difficult to sustain in the rough and tumble of daily practice. Existing financial and organizational arrangements are thought to impede incorporation of evidence-based depression care into routine practice. Common problems include the inability of primary care providers to bill for depression treatment (in the context of behavioral health care carve-out programs) and the absence of payment mechanisms for key elements of the collaborative care model such as care management and psychiatric consultation services. Also, since appropriate care of people with depression typically involves more time than the average case, primary care providers reimbursed on a capitated basis or rewarded for the number of patients seen may opt to refer patients to specialty care that could be treated successfully in primary care. Fragmentation in financing and delivery of care due to managed behavioral health carve-out contracts, multiple health plan contracts, and separate prescription drug budgets contribute to and reinforce tendencies to avoid attending to cases of depression using evidence-based practice.

While these demonstration programs pursued similar clinical innovations consistent with the collaborative care model, they adopted strikingly different approaches to altering the economic and organizational environment surrounding the primary care treatment of depression. Variation in the economic and organizational strategies across sites reflects both contextual differences in local delivery systems, as well as distinct judgments about which organizations should take responsibility for spearheading and financing quality improvement. Developing an economic and organizational strategy also proved to be significantly more difficult to conceptualize and implement compared with changes in clinical practice.

Many of the observations regarding financing and policy made by privately funded organization continue to be true as we move closer to integrated behavioral healthcare reform. However, only after major financing issues are addressed will we be able to turn these observations and recommendations into a functional system.

Behavioral Health – Personality Development Through Dream Therapy

Your dreams are more important than what you may imagine. The psychiatrist Carl Jung managed to prove to the world that our dreams are produced by a wise unconscious mind that works like a psychiatrist and psychologist. He discovered the meaning of the mysterious dream language after conducting arduous research. Jung also discovered how to use dream therapy in order to help people completely develop their personality.

Our dreams reflect the way we conduct our lives, (our behavior and subsequent health concerns). They can also denounce the existence of a mental illness, which threatens our mental stability and distorts our behavior.

I continued Jung’s research discovering that the unconscious mind which produces our dreams always tries to protect the human side of our conscience because we have inherited an absurd content in our brain.Jung ignored the existence of the anti-conscience, the violent and wild side of our conscience, which remains in a primitive condition. This is why he couldn’t completely understand the unconscious psychotherapy.

The anti-conscience provokes all existent mental illnesses and mental disorders found within the human side of our conscience. It is therefore responsible for the appearance of abnormalities in our behavior, since the anti-conscience’s absurdity influences not only our thoughts; it influences our reactions as well.

My discoveries complete Jung’s pioneer research, giving you all the answers you need. I simplified his complicated method of dream interpretation, transforming it into a simple method of instant translation from images into words. You will understand all dream messages because now you can see the entire content of your brain and psyche.

By following dream therapy you completely develop your personality and all your capacities, while eliminating the negative components you have inherited. Your wild roots are absurd, violent, selfish, and immoral. You must tame your wild side and transform it into positive human content that will help you achieve all your goals. This means that you have to transform the selfish and violent behavior that is part of your animal nature into positive and balanced human behavior.

You may believe that you are balanced because you are used to following the aggressive behavioral patterns associated with violence. These patterns have formed the mindset of our civilization. What you consider as being a balanced and normal behavior could be an indifferent and cruel maladaptive reaction to any given situation. This maladaptive behavior should in fact alarm you.

Your conscious experience is limited and you have no idea about what perfect mental health really is. Therefore, you are incapable of discerning the clear indications of personality disorders and mental illnesses in someone’s behavior.However, you can have a very clear vision about your mental state thanks to the lessons and explanations that the unconscious mind will reveal to you through your dreams.

You only have to study my simplification of the dream language in order to be in contact with a wise unconscious mind that answers all your questions in dreams. You’ll build a fascinating unique personality. You will also pass through a process of spiritual evolution. In addition, you will learn the importance of wisdom, and the true meaning of life.

If you have no time for studies but you see vivid dreams, recurring dreams, or nightmares, send me your dreams for a professional dream translation so that I may immediately help you with my knowledge.

Later, you’ll certainly want to study the dream language independently using my dynamic method. You will no longer need to depend upon me in order to understand the meaning of your dreams. You’ll have the free guidance of the wise unconscious mind always helping you throughout your life.