DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR INFO
There was a post circulating a while back that told you how to fight your insurance company when they refused to cover medication or a procedure. You have to ask for Some Specific Information that they usually can't give without revealing an untrained intern or automated system is the one who made the call.
I reblogged at the time but didn't save, cuz I'd never had to fight my insurance company for anything... WELP, the time has come!
Does anyone remember this post or know the Sekrit Bureaucratic Handshake that I can use to get them to cover my new meds? I don't want to go back to metformin 😱
Tagging @thebibliosphere and @ms-demeanor , because y'all are the most likely info mavens...
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always thought about this, what information do you think the kids were excluding from their records? like ptsd anxiety etc manifests itself in many ways not only in nightmares but through bad coping mechanisms maturing faster etc which wasnt realistically shown as it’s a kids book, and i’ve always wondered if they would leave out anything like that
Ehh, we’ll agree to disagree about the depiction of post-traumatic stress in the books, because it’s always seemed pretty dang realistic to me. A few that stand out:
In the opening of #19, Cassie gives a brutally spot-on description of anhedonia: she feels little to no interest in the future, doesn’t enjoy activities like she used to, and struggles even to feel connections to her parents or her horse Nutmeg.
Marco has multiple moments in #5 and #15 with just knowing, whether he likes it or not, that his personality is changing as a result of the war and that all of his friends are going through the same thing. In #5 he’s got a whole meditation about how it’s only a matter of time before the four human Animorphs can’t maintain functioning enough to go to school. In #15 he asks Jake (knowing he won’t get a real answer) whether the damage they’ve survived is already irreparable.
In #34, Cassie nearly attacks Jara, because she assumes that any stranger in her parents’ barn must be a threat.
#54 states outright that Jake is dealing with clinical depression, and tells us that he has a trauma-induced flashback while trying to testify at Visser Three’s trial.
Rachel body-slams a girl into a table for bumping into her in #5, and stabs a knife through a different girl’s shirt sleeve in #32 after the other girl says something rude. Rachel herself recognizes that she’s always had a temper, but also that she’s struggling more and more with uncontrollable rage.
Tobias expresses apathy about his own death in #41 and #43, and his struggle against intrusive cognitions is a major part of #43. It’s not so much full suicidal ideation (like in #3) as it is reckless and self-destructive behavior.
The kids also each have their own personal NOPE morphs as a direct result of individual experience: Cassie says “We don’t morph ants anymore because they scared all of us, but mostly Marco... We don’t ever talk about morphing termites anymore because of my problems with them. Why is this [not morphing fly for Jake’s sake] any different?” (#16). Later we learn that Rachel’s NOPE morph is mole, Tobias’s is whale, and Ax’s is anything blind like yeerk. With the partial exceptions of Tobias and Ax, these are the direct result of past bad experiences.
Jake’s, Marco’s, and Cassie’s grades all drop way off during the war, and Tobias mentions that they all become a lot less good at focusing in class (#23, #49).
The human Animorphs all lose friendships over the series, to the point where Jake doesn’t know the names of several classmates who know him in #29 and #33. Rachel mentions that she hasn’t spoken to Melissa Chapman in months as of #49.
As far as “bad coping mechanisms” go, I’d like to mention Tobias preferring to starve to death over inconveniencing anyone (#23), Ax desperately latching onto authority figures in a way that verges on regression (#8, #18), Jake retreating to his childhood bedroom and straight-up not leaving it for months at a time after the war (#54), Rachel blowing up at Jordan over minor slights and feeling like a terrible person afterward (#12, #22), Cassie being apathetic about her own near-miss with nothlitization because she doesn’t think her own continued survival is all that great (#9), and Marco manipulating his parents into getting back together because he’s sick of having to parent his own dad for all of those years (#45).
Anyway: I’m not that kind of psychologist, but that still seems to be a fairly comprehensive portrait of childhood trauma. It’s true the series doesn’t use terms like anhedonia, hypervigilance, depersonalization, intrusive cognition, social withdrawal, or maladaptive avoidance. However, all of that is still in the series, and I didn’t list anywhere close to all of the examples.
One other thing I’d mention: fans have discussed how ongoing research on wolves and whales has later rendered major parts of the series inaccurate. The same is true of research on humans. If you look at the DSM-IV (1994) vs. DSM-5 (2013) entries for PTSD, differences leap out — most obviously that it’s not even classified as the same type of disorder. So anything you’re expecting to see about trauma but not spotting in Animorphs might also be an effect of the fact that trauma research has also come a long way in the quarter-century since the series began.
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