“If I go to therapy, that must mean there is something wrong with me.”
Many of us have heard the unfortunate stigma that going to therapy is a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mental health and physical health should be treated with parity.
Anxiety or depression may require treatment because mental health issues are no less valid than physical ones. Going to therapy doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. It starts with recognizing your own value, and taking care of your mental well-being is as important as maintaining physical health.
“Well, my problems aren’t even that bad. I can just take care of it myself.”
Often the personal decision to avoid seeking help for mental health issues is simply us internalizing the pervasive, public stigma surrounding mental wellness. It’s essential to avoid making comparisons to others about your health, whether physical or emotional.
Sometimes we can feel like our mental health issues are “just what everyone else goes through.” Don’t deny yourself care and attention. Putting yourself first is a great way to maintain mental wellness and honor your needs.
Regardless of how serious or benign your situation is, there is no threshold you need to pass in order to attend to your mental health. If you feel you could use help, be kind to yourself and seek it out.
“I can just rely on my friends or family as therapists”
Having a solid social support system helps maintain mental wellness. There are few people you can rely on better than family and trusted friends. And while it’s great to count on our friends and family for support, there may be times you need to rely on a more objective listener, so you are less inclined to censor what you share or worry about how your friends/family will respond.
In therapy, you can talk freely. Since your therapist is not involved in your daily life and has a less personal investment in you, it may be easier to discuss certain topics. Your therapist is trained to address specific challenges and issues you may face and provide a safe environment focused 100% on your concerns.