Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) or pet therapy is a growing field that uses the help of animals to provide comfort and enjoyment. The animals can assist a person recover, or better cope with health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and mental disorders (e.g. people with depression, anxiety, and/or anger issues). And it’s not only the ill person that reaps the benefit of this therapy, but the family members as well. Before you continue reading about this form of therapy, keep in mind that there are benefits to using other forms of therapy that can help as well like in-person or online therapy sessions.…
Sometimes as teens, you’re not used to noticing what your body is trying to tell you. You’re used to going about your life in school with friends and dealing with teen issues. Your parents take care of your health, right?
However, you may want to deal with your sexual and reproductive health. It is natural for most teens like you to feel shy, anxious (more about that here: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/anxiety/) or even ignorant about your own health. But here’s the news – you don’t have to be. Your parents can guide and support you in finding information and being with you in your journey. Nevertheless, you can still take the wheel and care for your body yourself.
Knowing your Body
Caring for your body begins with being aware of the changes that happen along the way. There are several ways of doing this, and one of the ways is through online research. You are very oriented with the web so why don’t you use it to get to know your body better? Learn the stages of puberty and the changes that occur, and assess yourself if the changes have happened to you.
School teachers and counselors also play a vital role in educating you about the different systems of your body, particularly the reproductive system where you will most likely want to take control of. They are there to answer your questions and clarify things that you are curious or confused about. They can also refer you to facilities that you can visit for your health concerns. If you are still uncomfortable with talking to your school staff, you can again check for centers online and choose between several places and specialty clinics you can go.
Some of the services offered by clinics for the youth are:
- Birth control
- HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing, education, and counseling
- Prenatal care
- Pregnancy testing and counseling
If you and your parents (or your mom) are close and open to each other, you can always have them accompany you in visiting the clinic of your choice. You don’t have to be pregnant to be there. You just have to be a teen or an individual who needs to know more about his or her sexual health. If not for that, you do have to practice seeing your primary provider every year to have your blood pressure, weight, mental and physical state and other medical healthcare concerns tested.
Healthcare is for Everybody
It is important to know that medical and health care is not limited to straight men and women. Whether you are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, you have the right to have yourself taken care of. Find clinics that you are comfortable going to – those that do not aggravate your anxiety but rather reduce the tension and uneasiness.
Programs for You
You probably don’t have your own insurance because you are usually supplementary to your parents’ insurance programs. However, there are public programs you should know about that can provide healthcare coverage for low and middle-class families.
CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). If you’re under 19, you can definitely take advantage of this program. Funded by the federal government, the CHIP has been helping parents with moderate incomes to provide medical care for their children despite their economic situation. There are actually different CHIP rules for different states, so it would do you well to study the rules that apply to your state.
Medicaid. Funded by both the state and the federal government, Medicaid covers for parents with low incomes, pregnant women, and children who are U.S. immigrants or citizens.
Private Insurance. When the Affordable Care Act was officially established, most private insurance companies now provide health coverage for parents and kids and offer the same benefits as Medicaid and CHIP.
Healthcare is Wealth
Healthcare should start early. You shouldn’t have to be oblivious to the physiological and psychological things that are happening to you. Learn how to take care of your body and starting today, make your health your priority.…
Although there seems to be a stigma attached to mental health issues, there is a lot more open conversation and acknowledgment of these issues. More people than not are meeting with therapists or social workers and are seeking out psychiatrists and alternative therapies in order to treat the symptoms. Mental Health America is a great resource for anyone in need of mental health services; which is why online therapy provider BetterHelp supports them.…
Watching sports competition and keeping an eye on Michael Phelps, Serena Williams or Manny Pacquiao makes us wonder what makes these individuals so exceptional and incredible. Are they an enormous kind of being when they were born? They even represent superheroes with such extraordinary powers to beat their opponents with just a blink of an eye. The thought of going to the gym already drains our energy and thinking about jogging or adhering to a strict diet plan is already very challenging and tiring for us. This takes us to search for an answer what keeps them motivated and disciplined. Does it seem easier for them than on how we perceive the difficulties that come with it?…
Whenever you go out and about these days, children of all ages are on screens. They are either on a smartphone or a tablet, playing games or watching videos. Parks are not as crowded as they used to be and everyone is looking for free wifi. It is a sad state of affairs. One non-profit organization is trying to reverse this trend. That is the American Heart Association in conjunction with the NFL and it is the NFL Play 60 initiative.…
Many families do not know where their next meal is coming from. If they do have money for groceries, they may have to buy more processed, less nutritious food because fresh produce and meat are more expensive than boxes of macaroni and cheese or store brand sugary cereal. In order for these families to be able to afford and obtain nutritious food, they should be introduced to and utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).…
Some families cannot afford any type of health insurance or medical care and they are not sure where to go for assistance. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is a great resource for free and sliding scale health services.
WHAT IS NAFC?
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics actually started as the National Association of Free Clinics. It was run by volunteers and donations with the services being offered to anyone who did not have access to health care. They provide an assortment of services including medical, dental, pharmacy, vision, and behavioral health services. Free and charitable clinics limit qualifications for their services to people who are uninsured, under-insured and/or have little to no primary, specialty or prescription health care.…
No child should go without health insurance. If a child is sick, the last thing a family needs to worry about is how they are going to pay for health services. All energy should be put into taking care of and helping their child get well. There is a huge portion of the population that makes a decent wage to support their family, but do not have health insurance or have to pay huge premiums in order to get coverage. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program can help take away those worries, such as certain organizations looking after children’s welfare: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/11/04/therapeutic-foster-care-program-struggles-to-get-off-its-feet-in-yk-delta/…
Unfortunately, far too many people are diagnosed with cancer each and every day. With all the advances in research, many types of cancer that were once terminal are now curable. It is scary to get a cancer diagnosis, but with the support and right resources, this battle can be won and it doesn’t have to be accomplished alone. The American Cancer Society is a great resource for patients and their families.…
When you think of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, you probably think of after school care or summer camp. You may not think that they are part of the health system. They do offer many programs that enhance children’s healthy lifestyle, so they can be a great resource for those in need of a healthy environment for their children.…