- Occupy Wall $treet (www.occupytogether.org).
- Queers for Economic Justice. I volunteers as a group facilitator at a women’s homeless shelter in Brooklyn (q4ej.org)
- At my day job, I am organizing a benefit for You Gotta Believe (yougottabelieve.org)
And, today I see my psychiatrist because, having been off Abilify for about six months, I find myself consistently over-amped and jittery and I don’t like it at all. Plus, my Tourette has re-emerged and is physically painful. I like being baseline hypomanic, I have been for years and have been able to be very productive because of it. But this new hyper-hypo manic state is not a good feeling at all.
I want to go back on Abilify, maybe at half my former dose, but I have already written that it costs too much ($600+ a month) and I do not have health insurance or a prescription plan. My doc will tell me about newer and better meds that have left Abilify in the dust … I’m being sarcastic of course, there’s nothing wrong with Abilify, for me at least, and the “new and improved” meds are just for Big Pharma to get rich off of…these new meds still might help people, but not if we cannot afford to procure them. The deal is that my shrink can get tons of free samples of the newer models, but none of the old. And, since I have to rely on a supply of free samples, I don’t really have a choice in the matter.
I know have more options than a lot of people who don’t get any care at all, who have shitty doctors and no access to meds. It’s very relative, I’m just writing about my own situation. Please comment if you want to write about yours–I’d like to hear how others handle this type of stuff.