CareParrot

July 24, 2017

Is Depression A Choice?

Its a constant state of mind where nothing can make you feel any better. Its something that can really conflict and limit the way you live and your life in general, and just feel like the world is turning around you and you can't do anything. You have no idea why you are so scared of nothing and feel like you're being choked and nothing seems rational. You're stuck in this state of mind where you don't want people to see you like that, and yet you can't seem to snap out of it. 

Depression has long been debated by experts with conflicting rationales for various circumstances. With the shocking death of Chester Bennington, frontman of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park, the debate has now become more intense and is headed towards a 50/50 split decision. Is depression a choice? It depends on the kind of depression we are talking about. If it's the human emotion of being depressed which has cause and effect, then yes. You have the power to choose whether you will be in that state of mind. On the other hand, if we are talking about a chemical imbalance due to psychological changes in the bodies brain activity, then NO, a person does not have a choice but it can remedied with the help of doing the little things that bring positivity in your life, such as proper diet, regular physical activities, abstaining from mood altering chemicals and therapy. Others may argue that depression is caused by genetics. A common trait found among persons with depressive tendencies - including suicide - are excess serotonin receptors in the brain. Because of it, people who are affected by it requires higher quantities of serotonin (and other similar chemicals) than the average person to stabilize their mood. The only way to acquire excess serotonins is to be born with them. Environmental factors can definitely contribute to a depressive personality, thus it is possible to be born with a predisposition to this disorder, just like schizoprenia, autism, ADHD or any similar condition. 

Careparrot will always be an advocate of seeking help the moment you start to realize that you are not well and we are determined to have an extensive list of support groups on our directory in the near future. 

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July 24, 2017

Is Depression A Choice?

Its a constant state of mind where nothing can make you feel any better. Its something that can really conflict and limit the way you live and your life in general, and just feel like the world is... see more

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October 05, 2016

Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need

More than 1 million purchased health care on the first 2 weeks of open enrollment for 2017 despite repeated proclamations of President-elect Donald Trump to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace experienced a higher number of enrollees compared to last year's on the same period.

More than 1 million consumers purchased health care insurance, of which over 761,785 are renewals, and over 246,433 purchase new coverage. According to officials, 53,000 more enrolled this year compared to last year, based on the total tally for the first 12 days of enrollment.

"The American people are demonstrating how much they continue to want and need the coverage the marketplace offers," said Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To avoid a potential tax penalty, most Americans must have a type of health insurance coverage, either through an individual coverage, Medicare, Medicaid or through their employment. For individual health care plans, enrollment is between November 1 through January 31.

You still have time to get covered. Check out our quote engine and find the right plan today!

Careparrot

October 05, 2016

The Emerging Value-based Healthcare

You will be glad to know that there is such a thing as value-based healthcare. In this system of reimbursing healthcare providers, the focus is on the patient's overall well-being and the quality of care received rather than the cost of each procedure or service received from the healthcare providers. Instead of reimbursing costs to healthcare providers based on the number of procedures or services done and the cost of each procedure, they are reimbursed based on the quality and efficiency of care the patient received. Healthcare costs are not paid based on a fee-for-service system, which can quickly pile up the bills, but on the overall quality of care the patient received. It prevents unnecessary procedures and inefficient clinical process that may not even aid in the improvement of your health. Doctors and hospitals are paid not based on the number of procedures and services rendered; they are paid based on their success in keeping you, the patient, healthy, and on promoting your overall well-being.

You as a patient, will receive better quality care, through the most cost-effective way because healthcare providers will need to ensure that you receive the best care, at the most affordable price, in order for them to get paid.

Few weeks ago, leaders in the healthcare industry asked President-elect Donald Trump to prioritize value-based care models, which have been promoted under the Affordable Care Act.

The Health Care Transformation Task Force wrote Trump a letter asking the “new administration and Congress to affirm their support for the transition to value-based care that reduces cost, improves quality and more sharply focuses on patient needs.”

While the Affordable Care Act helped advance the shift to value-based care and its payment system, other laws and other regulations also helped further the shift away from fee-for-service. The Task Force hopes that the Trump administration would support the push towards value-based care and inevitably, to more affordable, accessible and high-quality care for Americans.

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October 05, 2016

Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need

FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.... Read more