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Letter: Therapy should be cheaper

Mental illnesses are a very important topic in the world. More than 52.9 million people in the U.S alone have mental illnesses. That’s one in every five adults. Twelve million of those adults are misdiagnosed yearly with depression when they really have borderline personality disorder. So I propose that professional therapists should be less expensive so people can get proper diagnoses and proper help for their illnesses.

Misdiagnoses are actually very common. About 83% of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder, otherwise known as severe depression or clinical depression. Tyler Dabel, the writer of “Is my depression actually borderline personality disorder?” wrote, “Many people are misdiagnosed with depression when they actually have borderline personality disorder.”

Getting misdiagnosed can actually lead you to getting more depressed due to taking the wrong medication. Multiple types of antidepressants can make your mood swings worse, which can worsen the emotions you’re already feeling due to having borderline personality disorder. In the article, Dabel wrote, “In fact, many antidepressants can cause worse mood swings as a side effect.” Taking the right medication can actually lessen your mood swings and make you happier.

With the proper diagnosis, you can get better. Health Matters said, “Borderline Personality Disorder can make you feel like you’re constantly out of control, but with proper coping you can take your life back.” In other words, BPD can make it feel like it’s controlling your life. When you get the right medication, you’ll be in control.

Therapy is expensive. It can range in cost from $65-$250 per hour; not everyone can afford that. And when people go for cheaper therapists they tend to get misdiagnosed more. Misdiagnosis can be a big issue, which is why I think therapy should be cheaper so you can get a proper diagnosis.

— Teagan Reynolds

Anchorage

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