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Member # 2297
posted 10-26-2001 02:09 AM
Yesterday I found out why I hadn't been accepted to go to France as an exchange student. It was because I had depression. No matter how hard the Aussie end tried to convince the French, it didn't work.
The coordinator told me the only way I could go overseas was if I applied with a different organisation and didn't mention my depression at all.
Anyway, I was just wondering wether others here have been discriminated against because of mental illness, and what there stories are.
Hugs & Scully,
Member # 968
posted 10-26-2001 11:57 AM
My understanding is that most American health insurers ask if you have ever experienced depression or been medicated for it, much in the same way as they do about heart disease.
I'd imagine that makes insurance that is not job-related fairly tricky to get.
But then, the whole health insurance/pharmaceuticals/hospital thing over here is rather disturbing.
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Member # 1896
posted 10-26-2001 12:14 PM
Sorry to hear about that Winnie. Did they get specific as to why you couldn't go - because they were worried yyou could relapse or because you are or were on medication? All very bizarre - I've been in student exchanges for ages and that really wouldn't have been much of an issue.
I've personally never experienced discrimination for depression. Like publicly. - Of course the usual "Just snap out of it" "try harder" "it's not a disease, it's just your head" more than often enough.
As to what Richard posted: while it isn't quite that grave over here, my insurance company will hold the information that I've received therapy on file for two years and pass it on to future insurers, so that I would pretty likely get higher fees. Stupidly enough, insurance companies do not keep on file whether someone takes medication for depression or another psychiatric disorder, and the fact they do not put meds and therapy on the same level and stigmatize therapy (which is just another way of looking after your health, IMHO) angers me.
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Member # 3703
posted 10-26-2001 03:53 PM
well i havn't really been descriminated against for my depression but sometime i feel like i am. My mother just denys the whole thing and thinks im making it up.. and other people if i tell them about it, they just think i am weird or something??? quite frankly it pisses me off entirely
Member # 2297
posted 10-26-2001 07:56 PM
They didn't say exactly why, but I think they thought I was going to massacre my school if I missed one day of medication. In reality I just sleep alot.
I could understand if my depression was a new thing, but after 4 years and medication I'm a stable person.
Yesterday one of the coordinators came round and said he would talk to the exchange big wigs about it because he saw it as discrimination. No promises.
Hugs & Scully,
Member # 168
posted 10-27-2001 12:12 PM
I've definitely experienced depression descrimination. My school has threatened to kick me out a few times because I'm a "liability risk" even though I've never tried to kill myself in school. Once, I was having a really bad day, and I couldn't stop crying, so I skipped one class and just cried in the bathroom. They absolutely flipped out at me, and threatened to expel me, but it's not the usual policy that you get in trouble for missing one class. Usually you have to miss like five classes before they get on your case. Grrrr. My parents also use it against me sometimes. Occasionally they'll threaten to hospitalize me against my will just because we are in a fight, and they can use my history of depression to get me committed even if I'm totally fine. That's just scary.
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