October 2012: Mental Health Care Around The World

RubyThis month’s Let’s Talk About topic was chosen by DeeDee.  She thought that since we have authors and readers from so many different countries, discussing both the way health care is structured and the way this affects the care available to consumers would be valuable.  And as it happens, she’s psychic!  DeeDee brought this up many months ago, and recently some of our own authors, as well as others not directly involved with Canvas, have had reason to mention it in their personal blogs.

I live in the United States, and I have had some fairly unique experiences with mental (and general) health care. Continue reading

The Cost of Mental Health

MondayMaintaining your mental health is expensive. Medicine is expensive. Many of the antidepressants are generic now, but still cost about $1/pill without insurance. Lithium is much cheaper at 30 cents a pill. Prices on anxiety meds vary depending on if they are generic or not. But the antipsychotics… woah! I take Geodon, which recently went generic, and without insurance the cost is $379/month! Fortunately I only have to pay $76 because I have insurance. Even Lamictal runs $170/month generic. These are only some prescription prices. What do you pay in supplements that aren’t covered by insurance? Continue reading