Along with the stigma of mental health and mental illnesses comes a stigma against therapy, because many people are afraid of being judged and shamed for seeking help. But what's important to realize is that there's nothing to be scared or ashamed of, because therapy can be an important part of the healing process.
When I really struggled with depression and anxiety a few years ago, I was afraid of going to therapy, because my parents discouraged it and I thought I would be treated differently by others. But it came to a point where my mental health really took a turn for the worse, and I decided I had to get help.
After finally convincing my parents to let me start going to therapy, I started meeting with my therapist weekly. At first, I was hesitant to open up about my issues, but after I learned how to be comfortable with her, it became easier for me to talk about my thoughts and feelings.
Over the next four years, I saw my therapist regularly and she was able to help me reframe my mind to stop constantly thinking negative thoughts. I can confidently say that my mental health has improved tremendously with the help of therapy and whenever a friend mentions that they're thinking of going to therapy, I always advocate for it.
With therapy, it's also important to recognize that it's not necessarily meant for everyone. Some people aren't comfortable talking and opening up to others, and it's okay if you try therapy at first and realize it's not meant for you.
If you're thinking of going to therapy, make sure to bring it up with your doctor so they can schedule an appointment with you. The first step is to acknowledge that you want to get help, and that goes a long way in helping you feel better.
Don't be afraid to speak up and get help, because mental health is such an important part of our lives and we must not forget to take care of ourselves.