I can sum up the U.S. healthcare system in one word – useless. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great if you have the money to pay for it, but if you don’t, you’re up the creek without a paddle. And it’s a shame because we have arguably some of the best doctors in the world, tons of resources for ADD, but they’re not easily accessible. During Obama’s presidency there was talk about introducing Universal healthcare, but Americans didn’t want that because we’re paranoid about anything that sounds vaguely socialist, so we were given Obamacare instead, the “Affordable Healthcare Act,” which is no way affordable. I know the NHS has its own issues, and God knows the British don’t easily open up about mental illness, but it is 100 times more accessible than what we have here. Whenever I got sick in the UK, I knew I could just pop into my doc’s office and leave with a free prescription.
I do suffer from comorbid depression and anxiety. It’s gotten a lot worse as I’ve hit middle-age. I suspect I could benefit from some kind of hormone therapy, but… refer to the above. I do meditate every day, do yoga a few times per week, I don’t smoke or drink coffee and keep alcohol to a minimum. I do have social anxiety so I don’t get out much with friends, but the more time I spend away from them, the more I realize they’re not the best people to be around anyway. So I’m lonely on top of everything else.
I can’t move back to the UK because I simply don’t have the money to do it, and I have a mountain of debt that I’m terrified will follow me there, not to mention it’s just so damned rainy there! As I’m sure you’re aware, depression and gloomy weather don’t mix. Then again, I was living in Scotland, so I probably could’ve picked a warmer area. Anyway, it all comes down to money. I’m sorry to say, but it does buy you a certain degree of happiness. If you’re financially comfortable, you have more options available to you. Also, my family really really sucks. That’s all I’ll say on that subject.
I hate to sound defeatist. I would be willing to give anything new a shot if anything new actually presented itself.
Thank you for your thoughts, regardless.
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