172015Mar

Is therapy worth the cost? Guardian readers weigh in

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As the US mental health crisis continues, so do the financial and human costs. Photograph: Garo/Phanie/REX/Garo/Phanie/REX

As depression rises among US adolescents and adults, more Americans are seeking help – and that help often comes at a cost of thousands of dollars a year.

In a series of interviews, the Guardian last month told the stories of seven young professionals’ experiences with depression, health insurance and therapy. Those interviews included a thirty-something who sought out therapy to help her quit her job to a twenty-something who would rather give up therapy than drinking or smoking.

For some, therapy was worth a pretty penny. For others, it seemed like an unnecessary splurge.

Despite the cost, it’s clear that – as the US mental health crisis grows – therapy is becoming not only a widely accepted part of everyday life, but also a common part of many households’ monthly budgets. About one in 10 Americans report being depressed, with many more reporting symptoms of depression, according to a San Diego State University study in October.

The series struck a chord with a number of readers, who came forward to share their own experiences and thoughts on therapy. Here are just a few of the comments: