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Moving to Seattle with family member suffering from depression

Amazon jbez
Mar 31, 2018

Hi,
I have an option to move to Seattle from India. My wife is a chronic migraine sufferer and that sometimes leads to depression as well. She regularly takes Topiramate (and related migraine meds) along with occasional courses of anti-depressants such as sertraline etc. She’s been grappling with health issues since several years now. Given the high healthcare costs in the US, just wanted to check:
Will the health insurance cover such ailments and the prescription costs? Will I have to pay a lot out of my pocket for the migraine and depression related meds?
Any advice from people who’ve seen someone in a similar situation would be really helpful.
Thanks.

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  • New NcV6dn
    I don't recommend Seattle for people with depression. Even otherwise not depressed people can be affected by seasonal disorder and become depressed. It's better to target the San Francisco area. Health is more important than money. Be confident and you can find something good there.
    Mar 31, 20180
  • Google zzzfff
    Strongly discourage moving to Seattle for people with depression. People used to call me happy go lucky till I moved to Seattle. My friends and family noticed that I was getting more depressed, had less energy and was more stressed than ever during my 5 years there. Then I moved to California for a new job. Best decision ever. Back to my previous self now!!
    Mar 31, 20181
  • Axtria Together
    If you care about her, don't move to Seattle please. Even those who have no history of depression get depressed there.

    Indeed, for someone who has a history of depression, I wouldn't suggest moving to the States at all. The family culture in India is great and provides support, here it is a very individualistic culture. I fear her depression might resurface. If you still have to, consider more lively areas or places with concentration of Indian population so she gets company. I would suggest CA or NYC.
    Apr 1, 20187
    • Cisco lEcG86
      This is true. I would not move anybody who is even slightly depressed in nature to the US. It could be bleak and boring if you are not occupied daily/hourly
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Cisco Sunshine!
      This is true. But if you/wife have a few friends in an area in the US, move there.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Amazon jbez
      OP
      Thanks, I have quite a few friends and some (distant) family members in Seattle.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Axtria Together
      @OP, strike Seattle off the list. Then evaluate other options. Unless the friends/family you have in Seattle is really close to you.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Cisco Sunshine!
      Well even if they are acquaintances at first, you can get closer to them. I think people in the US are so socially isolated by culture that everyone is looking for an opportunity to socialize.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Axtria Together
      @Sunshine, your point makes sense. But I would say that's true for a normal person, not someone with a history of depression. Socializing would happen once a few days, weather will affect her everyday. And esp if she is not working, or her work culture isn't great, it will affect her badly.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Cisco Sunshine!
      Agree @Together. Depression should be treated very very carefully.
      Apr 1, 2018
  • So she suffers from depression and planning to move to Seattle .. might not be a good choice .. think again ..
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Oracle MonaGasoli
    Please don’t go to Seattle. It’ll ruin her. Come to bay area or stay back in India
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon FAANGStar
    Dude - your wife suffers from
    depression, you’re moving her to Seattle and worried about medical costs!!! Move to cali and stop fretting about taking care of your wife
    Apr 1, 20181
    • Amazon jbez
      OP
      I am not fretting, I want to gather first hand information (which is difficult to get on google) so that we can make the decision that is right for both of us.
      Apr 1, 2018
  • Amazon / Engasdzxc
    Stop eating meat, my wife’s chronic migraine is now 99% cured after she changed to a non meat and dairy!
    Apr 1, 20187
    • New DuQvV7
      Yup, sounds like we can draw a causal link for an entire population from n=1
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Amazon / Engasdzxc
      No one is doing a casual link of anything, it was a recommendation based on experience. It’s called keeping an open mind instead of being a turd troll on blind
      Apr 1, 2018
    • New DuQvV7
      “Stop eating meat”. That’s causal linkage FWIW.

      “Causal” and “Casual” are 2 different words. Look them up.

      Bro, it’s likely you’re the reason your wife has migraines. A divorce would cure her.

      Cheers.
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

    • New DuQvV7
      Cum cures migraines
      Apr 1, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

    • New DuQvV7
      Mix with some dairy...
      Apr 2, 2018
  • Microsoft TecA10
    I've seen much worse cases than this. It actually sounds not bad. Also a lot of meds are cheaper once the drug patents expire. Also to answer your question big companies cover a good amount of prescription costs. Even if you weren't covered migraine meds and antidepressants aren't going to bankrupt you.
    Mar 31, 20180
  • Salesforce / Eng
    HolyForce

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    HolyForcemore
    I love Seattle, been here 10+yrs. However I agree the winter months can get to you, especially if you are from a sunny country like India. Texas is better if you can find a good paying job. California has excellent weather but then you mostly end up just dreaming about owning a home cause it's so freaking expensive there.

    Seattle does have great Summers, I mostly live for the summer months and suffer through the winter months. It's a balancing act.
    Apr 1, 20181
    • LinkedIn PlumpyNut
      Summer months? More like summer month. Singular
      Apr 1, 2018
  • Microsoft FCke62
    That's SAD
    Apr 1, 20181
    • New / Eng
      terraxion

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      terraxionmore
      Seasonal Affective Disorder, more common in places that get less sunshine
      Apr 1, 2018
  • Microsoft Wk1207
    I would not recommend moving at all. The amount of stress associated may worsen her condition. Focus on her health and when she is better you can start thinking about having these adventures.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon / Engama64
    Migraine sufferer here. Topamax (the name brand of the migraine drug) made me feel gross. Horrible side effects. Magnesium supplements saved me from daily migraines. Cheaper than prescription solutions (~$100 per 6 months). Changed my life. PM if you want the details.

    My wife has seasonal depression and vetoed moving to the Pacific Northwest. They only have 30 or so sunny days a year. A lot of cold and dark, which I don’t mind but is like kryptonite for her.

    In terms of climate, consider a transfer to the offices in Orange County CA or Austin TX. Southern California is expensive but has a nice climate. Austin can be really hot in summer (but not by India standards) but is way cheaper.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Expedia 🐈 poop
    If she has depression, worst thing to do is to move her to Seattle, same for migraines. As a long time sufferer of migraines , the only thing that helped me was anti-seizure diet. You may want to try that before moving
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Microsoft / Eng
    RealFake

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    RealFakemore
    It is not that bad. You will have to pay out of pocket until you hit deductible, usually less than $4000. After then, you usually pay 10% of actual cost. Then, there is out of pocket maximum. This means, you will never pay for more than certain amount. For example, if out of pocket max is $6,000, you will not pay a single penny after paying that amount per year. That applies as long as you use the covered network etc. Most of prescription drug will be covered. Also, doctors will be miles better here. If you want, you can find many Indian doctors who completed medical school from India as well, particularly in Seattle area. But as someone above mentioned, the weather here can make depression worse as exposure to sunlight is very limited.
    Mar 31, 20180
  • Amazon jbez
    OP
    thanks for your comments :). hope it also cover doctors’ fees if you have to visit the doctor often?
    Mar 31, 20180
  • LUXLOCK / Product
    Tqdh46

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    Thankful everyday I am in tech and grew up without it.
    Tqdh46more
    Health insurance covers it. You can call a dr and get everything pre-authorized with pricing.
    Apr 1, 20182
    • Amazon jbez
      OP
      Thanks. What is the difference in coverage for the employee vs their family members?
      Apr 1, 2018
    • LUXLOCK / Product
      Tqdh46

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      Typically.. yes. If you have dece t corporate health insurance all this stuff is typically covered. Surgeries and cancer stuff is expensive cause most dont cover 80- 100%
      Apr 1, 2018
  • Intel / Eng
    rower

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    Hardware quality and reliability professional
    rowermore
    Be careful, Seattle weather creates depression. Highest suicide rate in country..
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon 9ndk7:bd
    Move to a sunny place, close to ocean and beach 🏖
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon wwqwwq
    Seattle is very nice in the summer. However from october-april it is cloudy or rainy almost everyday. Even a normal person like myself feel depressed during those months. If ur wife stays home she will have a hard time in seattle
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Cisco Sunshine!
    Man dont move to seattle. Weather plays a great part to heal/worsen people going thru depression. Ask Amazon to transfer you to the bay area. Dont worry about buying a house here. Most people stay on rent.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • LinkedIn PlumpyNut
    Seattle is worst place for people with depression. Most gloomiest city in US
    Apr 1, 20180
  • LUXLOCK / Product
    Tqdh46

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    Tqdh46more
    However, seatle is overcast and rainy. Wife might be better in a sunny city.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Snapchat Snapped;
    Seattle is good. Ignore the Bay Area crowds.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon 123raj
    Dont move.
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon jbez
    OP
    Thanks all!
    Apr 1, 20180
  • Amazon Pillar
    Hey there, I have severe migraines. Our insurance covers the medication
    Mar 31, 20180
  • Amazon / EngwnxK34
    I'm on antidepressants and I only pay $1 for my prescription each time; granted, it's a generic, and I only need one medication, but coverage is generally pretty good
    Mar 31, 20180

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