Why Seeing a Therapist Doesn't Mean You're Crazy
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Why Seeing a Therapist Doesn't Mean You're Crazy

Often society tries to tell us otherwise.

Why Seeing a Therapist Doesn't Mean You're Crazy

I remember the car ride there. I was fourteen and I didn’t know myself. I would be kidding myself if I said I knew myself now. It was one of those days that was cold and warm at the same time.

My mom said “therapy,” and I heard it as a dirty word. I heard anything that was a sign of weakness as a dirty word in my mind. Anything like “cookie,” or “tutor” or “help.”

I knew what I was doing with my life. Or at least that’s what I thought.

I was forced to go to therapy when I was fourteen.

Since then I’ve been through four different people, countless different car rides, and spent infinite hours in rooms that felt like sandpaper or hand sanitizer.

But I found a fit.

And I realized something, something important. Seeing a therapist is not a sign of weakness. Many people who are completely “sane” and “together” see therapists. I know that I am running my life better now than I was seven years ago and I still go back to see mine from time to time. And it’s unclear if I’m doing better because of the treatment or because of myself or both.

And there are millions of stigmas. They probably won’t stop. And I know what people say. I know they say that “you shouldn’t care what other people think!” and “it’s up to you to change your life!” but sometimes they don’t know.

In a 2011 survey, it was reported that 1 in 10 people seek treatment, which can mean antidepressants or therapy or both. The most effective treatment is shown to be a combination of therapy and medication, which is arguably not the best fit for all.

Disclaimer: this is not an attempt to say that therapy is right for everyone. What I’m trying to say is, if you believe therapy is right for you (and it definitely can be) then no one should feel bad or ashamed about going. Sometimes, therapists are just a neutral party that one can vent to in order to help them process issues, like a fight with a friend or a shady guy situation.

People won’t stop talking. People talk about me for things that I may or may not have done, that they may or may not agree with. Everyone is different, and the world is not a one size fits all type of ordeal.

All I know in my life is I have known people who are completely wonderful have gone through therapy, and they are some of the most “stable” people I know. I make an effort to stop the negative language surrounding getting help, and it is possible for many of us to do the same.

Maybe then, the next fourteen-year-old or ten-year-old or fifty-year-old, won’t feel bad when they admit they need help.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
What College Girls Remember from their Summers as a Kid

Yes, summer is almost here.. so what should we remember

Keep Reading... Show less
The 100 Things Millennials have ruined: A Comprehensive List

Millennials: the generation everyone loves to hate. The babies of 1980 to 1995 take a lot of heat. I mean, we inherited a crashed economy, earn stagnant wages, live with crippling student loan debt, and try to enact change in a rigged system but our affinity for avocado toast and use of technology has wrecked society as we know it! As a tail end millennial, I wanted to know what I was ruining and, like any other annoying millennial would, I did some research. I scoured the internet, read online newspapers and scrolled through every listicle I could find. So, in case you needed another reason to resent the millennial in your life, here are the 100 industries we've killed, things we've ruined or concepts we've destroyed.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

This month, Odyssey brings about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community.

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

It's no secret that even in 2018 our country still struggles with discrimination of all kinds. Society labels individuals by the color of their skin, heritage, religion, sexuality, gender, size, and political beliefs. You are either privileged or you're not. However, here's the thing, anxiety doesn't care about your privilege. Anxiety doesn't discriminate.

Keep Reading... Show less
College Boy Charm is Real and it's Very Sexy

After surviving a year of college and watching "Clueless" countless times, I've come to the conclusion that college boy charm is very much a real thing and it's very very attractive. It's easiest explained through Paul Rudd's character, Josh, in "Clueless". The boy who has a grip on his life and is totally charming. In this article, I will list the qualities of a specimen with College Boy Charm, to help you identify him at your next party or other social events.

Keep Reading... Show less

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

As Tik-Tokers rise to fame, do their 'copy-cat' dances deserve the clout?

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

Oh, the wonders of social media. Trends come and go just as quick as a story on Instagram, everyone posting for their shot at fifteen minutes of fame, and the ever growing following of a new type of celebrity- social media influencers and content creators. Everyone who owns a smartphone probably has Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and now Tik-Tok, as it's growing to be a major social media platform for teenagers and young adults. Tik Tok became popular in the United States in late 2019 and since then has grown a considerable amount. Personally, I was one to make fun of Tik-Tok and say it was a dumb app like Musical.ly or Triller, and now months later, I spend more time on it than I do on Instagram.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments