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How do I know if I'm covered?

I am a trans woman. Recently, I received a job offer from a private higher education institution in New York City. I would really like to accept the job, but repeated conversations with the individual who recruited me—who has been asking questions on my behalf to the institution's Human Resources department—have left me unsure whether or not their health insurance will cover trans-related care. How do I get this information? Can I get this information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2014 - 21 answers

 

Seeking an OB/GYN or RE recommendation in greater Seattle area

I'm looking for an OB/GYN or RE in the greater Seattle area after experiencing 3 early miscarriages in the last 10 months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

It's experimental? Since when?

Questions around experimental procedures, health insurance, incommunicative doctors, and trying to advocate for someone who resists advocacy. I've broken down my big questions with some supporting info below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2014 - 12 answers

When is it appropriate to ask about someone's health?

A friend of mine (let's call her "Sarah") came over for dinner at my flat last week. Some way through the meal (just after the first bottle of wine was finished) she told us that her partner had recently been tested for a very serious medical condition. She then said that she "hadn't intended to talk about it". She will have recently received the results of this test, and I'm wondering whether it's appropriate to ask her what the result of the test was. I care a lot about Sarah and her partner (who is an incredibly warm and wonderful person), but I don't want to intrude. On the other hand, I don't want to be unsupportive. A few details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Healing your inner child after childhood neglect. What helped you?

I have long-running case of depression and generalized anxiety disorder, with plenty of childhood triggers. I do see a therapist but due to the holiday schedule, I won't be seeing my therapist for a few weeks. I want to do some work by myself, because crying to sleep nearly every night is getting exhausting. I want my subconsciousness to chill out and be less triggered. I want tips, stories, and resources. Difficulty: I live with my parents, and I get triggered by them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Seeking a decent psychiatrist <1 mile of Farragut North or West

Can you recommend a decent psychiatrist in DC, within a 1-mile radius of either Farragut North or Farragut West (i.e., near K Street NW)? I have Cigna, however I am willing to go out of network. Thank you in advance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I best help my depressed friends & also take care of myself?

I watch many people who I care a lot about suffer from depression. I would sincerely do anything to help them, and do whatever I can think of: conversations, little notes and random texts, hanging out, offering help with thinking through options if they want it, etc. But, as someone who is lucky to not have 'been there', it's hard to know when I'm crossing a line and what's really needed. In fact, I think most of my efforts translate to "I know you mean well, but..." even though I'm also one of the few people these friends go to when things get bad. On top of worrying and trying to help, I also spend (probably too much) time thinking about what they're going through and what would be most helpful. It's exhausting for me and stressful, but it's personally not an option not to care. I end up internalizing this stuff and it affects my normal activities, even though at the end of the day, I'm not the one suffering. I want to be as good a friend and resource as possible to these people I truly care about and also want to avoid falling victim to anxiety or depression myself because of it. Any tips from either the 'been there' - depressed and knows what's helpful - perspective or the sincerly-caring-friend side of this equation would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Need help finding a doctor to talk about PrEP.

I'm a 35-year-old, gay male (in Silicon Valley) who is looking to jump back into the dating pool after a long absence. A bit after reading this post on Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) I thought I might be a candidate for it. I talked to my primary care doctor and although he though it as worth looking into, he didn't have any experience with Truvada and referred me to an infectious disease specialist. Unfortunately my experience with the specialist wasn't great; I felt like he dismissed the idea of PrEP almost out of hand and without really discussing my concerns or possible HIV risk factors. ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for SF-based therapists: how's United Behavioral Health?

I'm looking for therapists in San Francisco and I just found out that I'm covered under United Behavioral Health. I'm wondering if people've had any experience seeing a therapist or a psychiatrist through them, and how I might go about finding someone in their provider directory who'd a good match for me. I'd also really appreciate any recommendations for therapists in SF who take UBH. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me get my groove back

I have been working at the limits of my abilities for a decade or more. I am running out of steam and need a long break, but family and work responsibilities prevent that. What immediate, short-term tricks do people have to boost their energy levels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2013 - 20 answers

How can I live a better life?

After years of depression and self-medication I'm trying to live a better life. What should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Telling a new boss about a medical condition?

My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Can/should we use trip insurance as our primary medical insurance?

In 6 weeks' time, my husband and I are quitting our jobs to go on a 2-3 month road trip around the USA before moving to Europe. I have some questions about travel/trip/health insurance for folks who may have done this or something similar. Is it sensible or possible to use travel insurance as our primary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me cope with pain

I've been in pain every day for four years, despite physiotherapy and prescription pain medicine. How do I feel like it is worth keeping going? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements?

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements? (Some graphic details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Group Health Insurance Options

I need group health insurance, but I don't know what my options are with the new potential changes in the law. I am in the East Bay, in California. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Short-Term Help for Anxiety

So, I suffer from occasional anxiety. I usually manage this by doing things like visualization, breathing exercises, and taking Lavela lavender supplements. However, I am staring down the barrel of a scary medical situation and freaking out. My question pertains to getting some extra help via a doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Mentally-ill son soon to turn 18; seeking advice about guardianship

My son is 17 years old, turning 18 at the end of July. In mid-May, he was hospitalized for two weeks when he became floridly psychotic -- his first episode. As he recovers post-hospitalization, I want to get some sort of guardianship in place so that I can step in and manage his healthcare and finances if he's unable to. I don't know, however, what kinds of options there are; I've heard the terms "healthcare proxy" and "power of attorney", but I haven't wrapped my brain around what those encompass, or what it would entail to apply for these things. One person says I need a good lawyer; another says I just need to get a boilerplate form from Staples and get it notarized. I'm in Massachusetts -- Boston/Cambridge/MetroWest. Hope me please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I afford mobility equipment?

I am a fat disabled woman in need of an electric wheelchair. How do I afford one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Peace Corps to Senegal: needs, reads, tips, advice, cautions and so on

Someone has joined the Peace Corps and is going to Senegal, working in agro-forestry. Here is what is requested: needs, reads, before and during, what not to miss seeing, what to know, all necessary tips on the Peace Corps, Senegal and the Peace Corps in Senegal, and so on. In a word: advice. In another: experience. Hive mind, please hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Am I being realistic?

I'm getting ready to have a possible "final conversation" about financial responsibility with my boyfriend. I just want to check in to see that I'm being realistic with today's economy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

I Was Just, Uh, Resting?

How do I explain the mental-health-related 2-yr gap on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2013 - 16 answers

How can I inspire my partner to be a healthy, fit person with me?

I want to be a healthy, fit person, and I want my partner to want that, too. What's the selling point? How can I convince my SO to make this change with me and notice how our generally very sedentary life is sucking the life out of our relationship? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Could/should I find the man whose psychosis was directed at me?

About a decade ago I started University in the UK. Towards the end of my first year a friend I made began to become paranoid. His behaviour towards me was particularly troubling, and eventually rumours circulated that he had been institutionalised. I have always wondered what happened to him, and if he is OK. My concerns linger these many years later, but tracking him down online has achieved nothing. Is there any way I can find out if everything turned out alright for him, preferably without causing too many ripples? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 12 answers

What do I tell my psychiatrist about trying drugs given by friends?

Is it safe to admit to a new psychiatrist that I have tried some anti-anxiety drugs given to me by friends who were trying to help me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Have jittery feeling in throat. Have seen 3 clinicians, now what?

Medical Issue: I have a subtle jittery/ticking sensation in my throat and I've seen a doctor and 2 PAs and no one seems to know what is going on. What should be my next steps? Important details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm not sure if I should discontinue my health insurance or not.

I'm not sure if i should discontinue my health coverage or not, and how to handle it - and if there's any way to *temporarily* discontinue my health coverage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Analogies/ representations of impaired judgement from alcohol

I'm looking for visual representations or imagery that can be used as an analogy/representation of how drinking (too much) alcohol clouds one's judgment. (explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Melbourne: testing for STIs

Where in Melbourne, Australia can I be tested for STIs? I live in the eastern suburbs, so the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre isn't particularly convenient - though if it is cheaper/quicker for testing/results, I will consider making the trip there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Quitting smoking: Life after butt

Beyond the initial challenges of quitting smoking, what are the longer-term effects? How does life actually change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Help me get covered

I'm unemployed, and have not had health insurance for about 3 years. What are my best options for finding a plan that fits my needs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I save my IT career?

How can I get a new job in IT with limited experience, no relevant education, and an unusual employment history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

People don't change. Or do they?

When we first met, my boyfriend was overweight and drank too much (by his own account). Four months into our relationship, he's changed quite a bit: he goes running, eats healthier, and drinks way less. He says I make him want to be healthier -- which is great. But I'm worried that this is just new-relationship energy, and that he'll slide back into old patterns once we're more used to each other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2012 - 30 answers

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room?

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me deal with my ADD/disorganization/goal setting problems.

I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me understand Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease - what should I be asking my consultant as a newly diagnosed patient? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2012 - 5 answers

I have not had a proper period since May. I am not pregnant and don't have symptoms of PCOS. What kind of conversation do I need to have with my doctor?

I have not had a proper period since May. I am not pregnant and don't have symptoms of PCOS. What kind of conversation do I need to have with my doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Best practices for post-op family support?

My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 21 answers

My boyfriend's family is upset he's dating someone obese. How do I deal with this hurt?

My boyfriend's family is "concerned" he's dating a Fatty (me, yay!) How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 50 answers

Finances or therapy?

What should I prioritize: finances or mental health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I/should I get a "prescription cat?"

Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?

I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Is there anything I can do to help my ill friend?

My friend is ill with a condition that might be psychosomatic. She doesn't believe or trust her doctors, and she is continually diagnosing herself with new illnesses. What's the best way I can be supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 22 answers

How to have a healthy lifestyle in my relationship?

How can I create a healthy lifestyle in my relationship? Also, how can I support my boyfriend’s weight loss? Is this possible? We are in our mid-to-late-twenties, he is a few years older than I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2012 - 23 answers

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain?

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?

Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

If I tried really hard to get healthy, how successful will I be?

Let's say I'm a 5'5", 230lb female. Let's say tomorrow, I start eating very healthy and working out 4-5 times a week. How much can I expect to lose and what physical changes can I expect to see by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 55 answers

Should stop going to my new therapist?

Should stop going to my new therapist? Longish details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 19 answers

I know i'm probably not dying but I'm neurotic about my health.

How does a hypochondriac know he really should go see the Dr.? How should he talk to him about his anxieties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 - 6 answers

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