The Cost Of Things: Living & Working With Depression

We hear a lot about the cost of illness, whether physical or mental, but it’s the way these costs are presented that is perhaps most troubling.

Crop Tops Cropped from College, Education = Reparations?, Academic Rejection vs Other Kinds

Aging Out of the Foster Care System and Figuring Out How to Build a Life

Kyo, not his real name, is a young black man in his mid 20s currently living in transitional housing for the homeless in Northern New Jersey. I have known him since he was 18. I had met Kyo during my former job as a reporter with The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper.

The Cost Of Mental Health Care for a Semi-insured 23-year-old

I’ve been in various forms of treatment for years now: college counselor; old-school Boston psychiatrist that handed me drugs once a month; confused beach town therapist who had no idea what to do with me; extremely mean suburban therapist; current wonderful resident at a NYC hospital who sees me once a week and functions as both therapist and psychiatrist.While some treatment has been easy to access—namely the college counselor—most required navigating a maze of phone calls, referrals, string-pulling, insurance snafus, and money.

On Working With Depression

On her blog the Rejectionist, Sarah McCarry is publishing an excellent series of interviews called Working, where she talks to writers about how they live with their depression and the ways they manage to work with/through/around their illness. It’s about “finding a balance between the work we have to do, the work we want to do, and taking care of ourselves,” which of course is applicable to all kinds of work and all kinds of people.

Christmas Alone

I remember my first winter in New York and seeing those tree mongers, walking through their darkly columned corridors heavy with what can only be called Christmas Tree Smell and realizing that I had really arrived, really lived both in New York and in the province of adult loneliness.

Why Can’t I Get a Job // Why I Can’t Get a Job

I was truly failing for the first time.

‘And How Does That Make You Feel?’ The Cost of Therapy

Logan and Martha have discussed how depression affects them (and their money). There’s another money factor involved here: When you want or need to go to therapy, how much is it going to cost you?

Money and Depression: Telling Your Boss, Or Not

The second in a series about depression and money.

Depression and Money, Some Real Talk

Martha Kaplan and I are both depressed. This is the first in a series of conversations about depression and money.