I JUST FINISHED VARIANT
I JUST FINISHED VARIANT
No, you don’t.
I looked at this one for a long time, trying to “get it”, but then I realized there’s nothing to get. It’s just a horse who’s sad because it doesn’t get roast duck, And I love it.
That Benson. Always up to no good.
As my faithful readers know, I suffer from a whole pile of mental illnesses, include severe panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
And, as my faithful readers know, I recently was dropped by my insurance plan (I’d been on COBRA, but that only lasts for 18 months after you leave your job. Since I lost the job because of the health problems, and because the health problems aren’t any better, I have been concentrating on writing full time. It’s stressful, but it mostly works.)
Anyway, my point is this: You know how you always hear about psych patients who go off their medicines? I’ve recently discovered why (well, one of the reasons why) they do that.
I’m now on a terrible insurance policy—the only one I could get. Everyone else immediately rejected me the minute I told them I’d been hospitalized for mental illness reasons (even though I was in the hospital for less that 24 hours). Anyway, the point is, my new insurance doesn’t have a prescription plan. I have to pay it all out of pocket.
Here’ are the prices:
Anti-Depressant: $278.00 / month
Anti-Psychotic: $601 / month
Anti-Anxiety: $31 / month
Anti-Anxiety/Anti-Side-Effect: $90 / month
Anti-Side Effect: $65 / month
Anti-Side Effect: $40 / month
Anti-Side Effect: $30 / month
If you’re following along at home, that $1,135 just in prescription costs, just for me, just for one month. It doesn’t include visits to my psychiatrist, or visits to my therapist or my insurance premiums
So the next time you hear about someone who did somehing—committed some crime, or was in an accident—and the media says “He was mentally ill but he wasn’t taking his medicine”, have a litte mercy for the guy. Being mentally ill is dang expensive, but it also restricts you ability to get good jobs.
I’ve been lucky enough to afford the payments, but not everyone is.
EDIT: I forgot one: Anti-Side Effect: $307 / month, which takes the total to $1,442 / month/
I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison walls?
- J. R. R. Tolkien (via dduane)
to all mosquitoes ever: first of all how dare you