How heartbreaking to learn that this little girl was killed by her bipolar mother. How could this have gone unnoticed by others? But this brings me to comment on my bipolar daughter who, thank God, takes her medicine and does not have any aggressive behavior.
Just over 20 years ago, she was earning a six-figure salary, supervising 30 people in a high IT industry. Then her depression hit. Having gone through all her savings and unable to work, she relies on Medicaid and the generosity of my brother, who is her guardian, to manage.
I took care of her three weeks while my brother took a much needed vacation, and it’s a miracle we both survived. Dealing with her moods — especially obsessiveness, — was a job I was ill-equipped to handle.
But the reason I am writing this is to bring attention to a serious problem. The cost of her medication. Latuda, which is advertised on TV, and does work. But what they don’t tell you is that the cost is prohibitive. The co-pay, which was approximately $80 a month, shot up to $700 a month. And she cannot get pharmaceutical discounts because she is on Medicaid. My brother is using his pension money to subsidize these co-payments. I helped her monthly until I could no longer afford to.
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I can understand why many mentally ill people don’t take their medicine. They don’t want to run out because they can’t afford to buy more.
Sharron A. Lindsey, Belleville