I found this article informative, for one I would never tell anyone I was attending therapy and two, it’s none of their business. I would imagine they’d be picturing me laying on a couch while a male/female psychologist was taking notes saying “ah-hum” repeatedly.
Therapy can be a loaded word. Misunderstandings about mental health mean this treatment, which has helped millions of people, is sometimes judged and stigmatized — and that can stand in the way of healing.
So here’s a PSA to the entire world: Therapy is not a bad thing.
Seeing a mental health professional is no different than seeing a specialist for any other illness. Research shows therapy is one of the best ways to treat mental health disorders. Period. And for those without a mental illness, it’s a great way to simply work through pressing life issues that may be causing some stress.
Therapists can give a person the tools they need to successfully manage their condition. It’s perfectly reasonable to go to a clinician for a physical illness. Shouldn’t the same expectation apply to a clinician for a mental illness?
The point, after all, is to be healthy. That includes taking care of the mind in therapy. In an effort to demystify the process, HuffPost rounded up 10 things everyone should know about therapy.
You should never feel ashamed for being in therapy.
Everyone experiences bouts of stress or sadness. But when these feelings become too overwhelming, therapy can help a person take back control. There is absolutely no shame in seeking help.
“Talking about your issues and problems out loud can be very helpful. It gives some perspective,” Gregory Dalack, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, previously told HuffPost.
“Talking with somebody who is trained to understand anxiety and depression can be even more helpful to help manage those symptoms, reframe some of the negative thoughts we tend to have and move us to a place [mentally] where we can cope with those difficulties,” he explained.
Even the people who seemingly “have it all together” sometimes need a little assistance. Public figures from Kerry Washington and Howie Mandel to Kate Middleton and Demi Lovato have all praised the benefits of going to therapy.
There’s still a huge stigma attached to it.
Not only is there sometimes a negative perception when it comes to therapy, the stereotype prevents people from even trying it in the first place. Research shows many people with depression don’t actively seek treatment to help manage their condition.
Let’s reiterate the first point: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help.
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