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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amwell and MomTrends. The doctors visit is real and all opinions are my own.

Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Paranoia. OCD. I suffer from all of these mental health illnesses and a few more. I’ve made no attempt to hide these issues, in fact, I speak on my struggles here, as well as on my Twitter account. These past few weeks I have been in such a deep, dark hole of depression that I didn’t care if I climbed out of it or not. To be completely honest, I’m writing this post to you all under my covers.

I. AM. DEPRESSED.

I also know that I am not alone. There are many of you, readers or followers, who are suffering from a mental health illness in some form or another. Some have shared with me that you are suffering from depression and others have told me that they can’t afford a psychiatrist/therapist.

I actually have a solution to that problem. Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board-certified, licensed doctors, dieticians and psychologists for immediate and live, online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Yep, you read that right. Take out your laptop, iPad, iPhone, tablet, Android, and get in touch with a doctor, psychologist or dietician AND it’s HIPAA compliant!!

Don’t worry, you won’t be dealing with a doctor who has only a year or two “on the job”, the Doctors on Amwell are board certified, with an average of 15 years in practice. No appointment is needed, they’re available 24/7.

Well, Vixen how much is it?

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I kid. I kid.

According to the Healthcare Blue Book, first time patients have to shell out $82, with Amwell, it’s only $49 for each physician visit. I’m not a huge mathematician, but you’re saving a pretty penny. Their counselors and psychologists cost a bit more. Counselors are $79 and psychologists are $95.

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Have insurance? No problem. Amwell is accepted by many major insurers, with more added every day. Just enter your health insurance information for a lower cost visit.

Not only can you get help for depression and anxiety, you can also use Amwell for any of these typical issues:

• Bronchitis

• Cough

• Sinus infection

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• Urinary tract infection

• Vomiting

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• Sprains and strains

• Cold

• Respiratory infection

• Headache

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Weight concerns

• Smoking cessation

So, how does it work?

Just choose the type of visit you are looking for and select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the Doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Yes, PRESCRIPTIONS! Amwell Doctor visits are now available in 46 states.

Did I mention that you can use Amwell for your children, as well as yourself? Did your little one get sick at night and your Doctor’s office is closed? Don’t worry and nix the ER visit. Grab your laptop, tablet or phone and contact one of the Amwell Doctors.

Since you are loyal readers and followers, I’m offering YOUR FIRST AMWELL VISIT FREE!

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Stop using WebMD and Twitter to diagnose yourself, get out of paranoia mode, and contact one of the Doctors on Amwell. <---- click that link and USE CODE: BEWELL6 to get your first Amwell visit on VixenVarsity. Don’t keep it all to yourself, spread the word about Amwell Doctors. I’m pretty sure you know plenty of people who’d like to see a Doctor from the comfort of their homes.

Happy Holidays from Vixen Varsity!!! Don’t say I never gave ya anything.

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Check Out These 5 Ways for Dealing with Stress and Depression #GSNCasino

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This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and GSN Games. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It’s no secret that I suffer from depression and a host of other mental illnesses, but when I find myself down the dark hole of depression, I remember these tips that my therapist have given me. It works for me, so who knows…it might help you too.

1. WRITE

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Whatever anger, anxiety, sadness, etc. you have bottled up inside of you, you HAVE to get it out. I know it’s super hard to let all of that anger go, but sometimes you just have to write. Understand it doesn’t have to be your manifesto, it could be as simple as “I hate you.” or repeatedly writing the word “Why” over and over again. Not sure what to write, it’ll flow out of you.

2. READ

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Grab a book (or a comic) and read. Rise out of the drama, stress and BS that you’re currently in and transplant yourself in a whole new world. Majority of you know I surround myself in comics and get lost in there. I rather get lost in comics than get lost in my mind. It’s a dangerous place to be at times.

3. PLAY GAMES

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Don’t laugh at this one, but my therapist suggested that I distract myself with games. I have been playing Bejeweled 2 for about 6 months now and recently discovered Wheel of Fortune slots from #GSNCasino. You can download GSN Casino on iTunes and on Google Play. They have tons of games, Scrabble Cubes, Deal or No Deal, bingo, and as I mentioned earlier Bejeweled 2. All the games are free to play, but there are in app purchases.

I won’t lie to you, the games are extremely addicting and there have been times when I’m pretty sure 3 days have passed by and I didn’t move. Ok, ok, I exaggerate, BUT the games are fun and if you need to distract yourself from everything else, then GSN Casino is the way to do it. There’s also a community of people who need a break and will pull out their iPad’s and iPhone’s for some friendly competition.

4. COOK/BAKE

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Do you know how hard it is to focus on the crap going on in your life and cook/bake at the same time? Lemmetellya, it’s hard as heck. Go on and put in 1/2 cup of flour in your recipe that really calls for 1/2 tablespoon. Trust me, I’ve done it. WHY? I was in the “what if” cycle of depression. You have to give baking and cooking your undivided attention. It’s imperative or you’re going to end up with some disgusting food and you have no one to blame but yourself.

5. TALK TO SOMEONE

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Pick up your phone and talk to your bestie. Holding all that crap in will never be healthy…EVER. Arrange a Girls Day Out date with your girlfriend, talk to your sibling or mother, or if push comes to shove, talk to your therapist. You have to get it out. Heck, you can talk to me if you want.

These are 5 ways that I handle stress and depression. What works for me, might not work for you and if it doesn’t; find something that will.

Sesame Street Adds New Friend Julia, Who has Autism

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Meet Julia, she’s the latest resident on Sesame Street, and she’s special and amazing. Julia has autism and while this makes her different than the rest of the Sesame Street crew, she’s still amazing. Actually, “We’re All Amazing!” The “We’re all amazing” line is in the We’re Amazing storybook on the Sesame Street website.

Our new friend Julia and the Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children, is designed to promote Autism awareness.

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2014 report by the CDC estimates that 1 in 42 boys has autism, 4.5 times as many as girls (1 in 189).

The Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children can be viewed on your desktop and on the app and has daily routine cards, from going to a restaurant, crossing the street and going to a store, in addition to resources for family and friends.

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The storybook, We’re Amazing introduces us to Julia and explains how Julia has special hearing and how we need to be patient with someone who has autism. It’s absolutely delightful and tugged at the heartstrings.

Kudos to Sesame Street for introducing us to a new friend that I’m sure many can relate to. Welcome to Sesame Street, Julia!

Soure: CNN

Image Comics Postal #5 Review

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Issue 5 of Postal begins with a news report about a triple homicide somewhere near the town Eden. Around the same time, protagonist Mark is taking a ride somewhere to pick up the mail for Eden. On his way to pick up the mail he comes across a young woman with a gun, she forces Mark to make a detour and stop at a strange house up the road. What happens in the ensuing pages takes the story in a completely different direction than anyone could have expected.

One thing that separates Postal from most other comics is how well they handle Marks mental illness. The protagonist lives with Autism, and in issue 5 we get a very well written and honest look into the way the lead character handles it. Mark lives his life, for the most part as a spectator. He looks at the world around him like he’s watching a movie and he never really reacts to what’s going on around him in a visceral way. Writers Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill do a phenomenal job conveying what Mark feels inside his head. He’s confused, scared and trying to find a way out of an extremely dangerous situation. Artist Isaac Goodhart does a detailed and nuanced job balancing the chaos happening around Mark with the blank look on his face think and  the confusion happening just below the surface.

while the other characters in this story, who happen to be part of a masked murderous cult are interesting and multifaceted, they aren’t built to last. I got the feeling Hawkins and Hill put them there for the sole purposes of adding a new dimension to Mark. The leader of the cult, a man named Leland Ball has a lot to say to Mark and for the most part, it appears that Mark is ignoring him and is more focused on trying to get out of the situation alive. But we find out at the end that what happened may affect Mark in a very deep and profound way.

As a man living with autism, the ending also affected me. What the cult leader offered Mark was everything he’s always wished for, a way to get everything he wants. But what he wants isn’t money, or fame, or even a way out of the town he lives in (where he is the only non criminal), it’s a way to decode the world around him and get what he wants. Its a beautiful, tragic and suspenseful ending to the finest issue to date.

Therapy pt 3 – Coping With The Loss Of Your Therapist

 

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Although Sarah promised that my new therapist would be good for me, I was convinced that they would never understand me, and would dismiss all of my problems as laziness. I spent most of the 2 weeks after she left in a constant state of panic as I moved closer and closer to my first session with my new therapist. I had met him briefly before, he’s an middle aged, soft spoken guy named Peter. Every time he walked past me in the lobby he’d say “hi!”. This bothered me, as I find chipper people to be incredibly annoying and harder to connect with. But I promised Sarah I would try my new therapist for at least 6 months before giving up completely. I won’t lie, I walked into my new therapists office with a healthy dose of cynicism and suspicion. I spent the entire time waiting on him to say something that would bother me so I could leave and not have to deal with Sarah not being there. I even had his contact name as “Dr Not Sarah” in my cell phone. I answered almost every question he had with one word, I refused to even look his direction, choosing instead to stare at the clock as if it could hear me begging it to move faster.

 

No matter how uninterested I tried to look, Peter kept trying to get me to lower my walls. Sometimes he’d ask questions, others he’d just sit in silence until I spoke. He told me that we didn’t have to talk at all if that’s what made me more comfortable. I never got the feeling that he was trying to force me to talk, he never once seemed frustrated with me. After a month or so, I noticed that I was opening up and that Peter and I were having actual conversations during our sessions. Even though there wasn’t a connection there in the beginning, I believe we’ve formed one over the last year.

 

When I sat down to finish this a few weeks ago I intended for it to be about how I overcame the situation. I wanted to tell everyone that even though I was hurt and scared, I pushed through and I made it because I’m so strong and resilient. But the truth is that I’m still hurt. I miss her and I’m not sure I’ll ever completely get over it. It’s been close to 2 years and I still have to take the long way to the bathroom so I can avoid walking past her office, which still has the stickers of her favorite TV shows on the door.

 

I’ve accepted that Sarah isn’t coming back and that Peter will never be her, but it’s ok because he’s great in his own way. Sarah without a doubt changed my life. I am a better person because of the time we spent together. But I’m starting to realize that my personal growth doesn’t have to stop because she’s not my therapist anymore.