Moving to Seattle with family member suffering from depressionMar 31, 2018
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.
- New NcV6dnI 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.
- Google zzzfffStrongly 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!!
- 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.
- @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.
- Amazon FAANGStarDude - 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
- Stop eating meat, my wife’s chronic migraine is now 99% cured after she changed to a non meat and dairy!
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- Microsoft TecA10I'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.
- Salesforce / EngHolyForcemoreI 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.
- Amazon / Engama64Migraine 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.
- Microsoft / EngRealFakemoreIt 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.
- Health insurance covers it. You can call a dr and get everything pre-authorized with pricing.