Why Everyone Should Consider Counseling

Why Everyone Should Consider Counseling

Counseling — and mental health in general — are often stigmatized and a social taboo. But I think everyone, no matter who, can benefit from counseling.

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Mental health is often a subject of social taboo and stigma. No one likes to talk about mental health, but as of right now, it seems that anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. College students seem especially prone towards developing anxiety and depression disorders.

First off, I think mental health shouldn't be stigmatized and should be freely talked about. Almost every person I know has some kind of personal issue, whether it's family issues or self-esteem. And almost every person I know has some form of anxiety or depression, from social anxiety to OCD. Yet, it seems as if therapy and counseling are almost sneered at, looked down upon. I feel that this shouldn't be the case, especially with the way mental health has been in the news lately.

Counseling or therapy can be useful for many reasons. Oftentimes, as much as we love our friends and family, it can be incredibly difficult to talk to them about personal issues. Many people fear being vulnerable because in today's world, being vulnerable means being subject to emotional hurt.

Talking to a therapist is different than talking to a friend as well. Therapists and counselors are specifically trained and equipped with the knowledge and resources of how to handle mental issues, from anxiety to depression. They often give advice, coping mechanism, and, if you're the type of person to benefit from it, just being able to lend an ear.

While friends are great, it isn't always good to rely on them to help all of your mental and personal problems. This can lead to toxicity, where you use your friend or significant other as a tool to rant. While ranting or venting occasionally is fine, doing it too much can lead to problems, such as co-dependence. Also, your friends aren't there to fix your problems. It's ultimately up to the individual to fix their problems, whether it be through therapy or medication.

There's absolutely no shame in seeing a counselor. When people think of therapy, they often associate with extreme mental disorders, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. While those kinds of psychiatrists exist, there is therapy for less extreme issues, such as relationship counseling, interpersonal conflict counseling, etc. Counseling is for everyone, not just people with extreme mental illnesses.

A reason many people forgo counseling or therapy is they feel they might not have the time or money. However, most insurances cover counseling, and the copay is typically not much, usually around $30-40. For those with insurance, counseling doesn't have to break the bank. And for those with busy schedules, they can choose to have sessions every other week, or even as little as once a month. It doesn't need to be a weekly event, oftentimes therapists will work with their clients on schedule.

With all of these reasons listed, I believe every person could benefit from counseling. Although it may be hard to initiate, once started, it can be life-changing.

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My whole life I’ve been thin—which is kind of an understatement. Every time I go to the doctor I get the same “you’re underweight” lecture that I’ve heard every year since I was able to form memories. I’ve never really felt insecure about my weight, I love being able to eat everything and not gain a single pound. Since my freshman year of high school I’ve probably only gained 8 pounds and I’m now a sophomore in college. Of course, in school, there were rumors that I was anorexic or bulimic, but everyone who knew me knew that was far from the truth. I’m now 19, 5’2, and I still have yet to break 100 pounds on the scale. It seems that there is a lot of skinny shaming going around and to me, one of the main contributors to that is the Dove Real Beauty campaign.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this because skinny girls get all the praise and other body types are neglected. That’s really not true, though. While loving other body types, you are tearing down skinny girls. Why is it okay to do that to skinny girls but not to other body types? Why is it okay to say “only dogs like bones” or say “every body type is beautiful” until you see a model's abs, or ribs, or thigh gap and then tear them down because they’re “unnaturally” skinny?



The point I’m trying to make is that, as a naturally skinny girl, I have never shamed anyone for their body type, yet I go every day and get at least two comments about my weight. I’m always the skinny girl, the toothpick, but I’m not Jessica. Yeah, I’m a size 00. Get over it. If you have an issue with my body and feel like my body is disgusting to you, don’t look at it. I know that I’m healthy and I don’t need your input when my body just naturally burns calories fast. I don’t have an eating disorder and never have. I am real beauty though, and I know that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. So maybe the real issue is that we as a society have been shoving certain body types down our daughters’ throats so they begin to romanticize models that have certain standards that they have to meet, who work hard for the bodies that they have, and are making a hell of a lot more money than most of the people discussing why they look emaciated while what they’re actually looking at is the photoshopped product.

I’m not going to apologize for being skinny when that is just how my body is, I can’t help it. So please, stop tearing my body down while trying to bring your body up. You can praise your body without shaming skinny girls. Shaming me for being thin does not make you better than the man that shamed your body, just as me shaming you for being curvy does not make me better than the man that shamed my body. As women, we need to love each other because we are the only ones who truly understand each other.


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