Determining Insurance Coverage for Mental Health & Wellbeing


People suffering from mental health issues and similar struggles often have a hard time getting the help they need. Some of them will refuse to seek out treatment because of the stigma that mental health disorders and substance abuse can sometimes have. Some will not be able to get treatment because their insurance doesn’t cover the service or doesn’t cover enough of the cost.

How do you know if your insurance covers individual therapy? Or if it covers in-patient treatment after a suicide attempt or psychotic break? Does insurance cover rehab for you or your adolescent? Does it cover a residential program for eating disorders? These are the kinds of questions you need answered so you can get the treatment that you or your family members need.

Here’s how to determine what your insurance actually covers.

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Becoming Happy – What You Can Do

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You can have money, houses, nice clothes and enjoying a spot of international dating but the reality is this – we all want more.

It is impossible to live a life with no desire because we have things that we want to experience and so, we do all we can to fulfill those desires. This is where happiness is made because we feel satisfied when we do meet those needs. However, it is possible to become addicted to meeting those desires because we believe we need to in order to become happy.

Happiness comes with one rule – the more you need to become happy, the more you have to work in order to reach that correct level of happiness. Sometimes, one way to happiness is to remove those desires, which is often as important as it is meeting them.

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Self Actualization: A Beginner’s Guide

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Fliss blogs over at Sweet Clean Living, focusing on personal development for the mind and body. Whether you want to banish your insomnia, improve your self confidence or learn how to avoid toxic people, Fliss has something for you – try her free 50 Every Day Life Hacks Cheat Sheet and have your best day ever – every day!

The other day, I had the pleasure of accidentally overhearing a conversation.

Two women, perhaps in their early to mid-thirties, were in my local Starbucks at the table next to me. Both were unhappy in some way – one had an issue with her partner, and the other hadn’t been sleeping well.

The first woman said she “needed something more” in her life. The second kept giving her suggestions – was she bored at work? Maybe she needed a new hobby, or a new haircut? But, the first woman just couldn’t put her finger on what it was that she was “missing.”

Not wanting to butt in, I knew exactly what the “thing” she was missing was:

Self actualization.

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5 Fundamental Pillars for Building a Meaningful and Purposeful Life


We all crave meaning and purpose in our lives, but many of us have difficulty finding it.

Often times without meaning, we can fall into a “nihilistic trap” of thinking nothing in our life really matters and we are just mindless machines going through the motions.

However according to the new book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith, there are many potential sources to find meaning in our lives. This article will breakdown these into 5 different pillars: belonging, purpose, storytelling, transcendence and growth.

Interestingly, psychology research is beginning to discover that finding “meaning” is just as important as finding “happiness.”

In one study, participants were asked over a 10 day period to either do an activity that was related to “pleasure” (sleeping in, playing video games, going shopping, or eating sweets) or do an activity that was related to “virtue” (forgiving a friend, studying, thinking about one’s values, and helping or cheering another person).

Those who were placed in the “pleasure” condition reported an increase in positive emotions right away, but those positive emotions often faded quickly. Those who were placed in the “virtue” condition didn’t report as much positive emotion, but they did report more increased well-being in the long-term.

Aristotle was one of the first philosophers to draw a distinction between “hedonism” (life of pleasure) and “eudaimonia” (life of meaning):

    “To Aristotle, eudaimonia is not a fleeting positive emotion. Rather, it is something you do. Leading a eudaimonic life, Aristotle argued, requires cultivating the best qualities within you both morally and intellectually and living up to your potential. It is an active life, a life in which you do your job and contribute to society, a life in which you are involved in your community, a life, above all, in which you realize your potential, rather than squander your talents.”

This is a good summary of what it means to live a meaningful life. It often requires being able to connect and contribute to something that is larger than ourselves. It’s more than just chasing pleasurable feelings.

The rest of this article will describe these 5 fundamental pillars behind a meaningful and purposeful life.

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