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Re: cost/benefit analysis of therapy? pegasus

Posted by octopusprime on February 16, 2004, at 20:26:05

In reply to Re: cost/benefit analysis of therapy?, posted by pegasus on February 16, 2004, at 1:48:31

Pegasus, happier and more relaxed is exactly what i'm after. but i'm not sure the meds are the right thing to do ... while i have struggled on and on with depression and anxiety, i don't show the classic major symptoms right now. i sleep and eat well. i can concentrate well enough to read books and participate at work (most of the time). i'm totally in the neighbourhood of functional, but deep down i know that something ain't right.

if you don't mind me asking, is it the talk that is helping, or the meds? (i know the relief of getting the right med at the right time, but i don't think now is the time for meds for me.) it's so hard to sort out the cause/effect relationships here!


> Well, I think the cost/benefit analysis will always depend to a certain extent on your finances and your particular issues. It sounds like you don't have a ton of disposable income to throw around. And therapy is expensive. But it's good that you have at least some insurance coverage. And it sounds like the issues you are struggling with are those that can be helped quite a bit by therapy.
> My own personal experience has been that therapy is worth more than almost anything else I can think of. I've changed so much because of the work I've done in therapy. My life feels like an entirely different place than it used to. Much much happier and more relaxed, and . . . free. So, what is that worth to you?
> Of course, I should put in the caveats: I'm not really hurting for money at the moment. My main mental health issues are SI, depression and anxiety which are relatively easy to treat. I've responded extremely well to medications since I started therapy. Etc. So maybe therapy has worked better for me than it might for other people. But I'd pay just about my last dime for the type of changes I've seen from therapy.
> - p




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