You Don't Need To Be 'Mentally Ill' To Go To Counseling Or Therapy

You Don't Need To Be 'Mentally Ill' To Go To Counseling Or Therapy

Honestly, everyone should seek support for their mental health at some point in their lives.

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We never talk about mental health enough. In part, this does have to do with the stigma surrounding mental illness. Some people think that mental illness isn't real. Some people think that people with mental illnesses are crazy. Obviously, it's hard to talk about something so personal when you're afraid of being judged and looked at differently.

As you probably already know, counseling and therapy can be utilized to help people with mental health concerns. (To avoid saying "counseling and/or therapy" 100 times, I'll just refer to mental health support here on out as therapy.) But you may not know that therapy isn't just for people with anxiety, depression, etc. And it's not just for people who have recently experienced tragedy, either.

I recently went back to therapy to learn better coping mechanisms for emotional distress. I was tired of feeling emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed every time something went wrong. I wanted to change my life for the better. I felt like my behavior not only affected me, but also the people that I loved. I had to take responsibility for that. And it wasn't something that I could fix on my own. Love yourself enough to do what's right for you.

If you're really stressed about all of your school work, go to therapy. If you just got into a new relationship and you're experiencing a lot of new insecurities and fears, go to therapy. If you want to sort your family problems, go to therapy. If you have unresolved, repressed thoughts that you want to address, go to therapy. And if you know someone who is struggling with something, recommend that they go to therapy.

Honestly, everyone should seek support for their mental health at some point in their lives. If you're a college student with mental health resources on campus, please make use of them, especially if the services are free or low-cost. After you graduate, you may not have access to the same facilities. Or, if you do, you're going to have to pay a lot of money to seek help. Addressing concerns now is the smartest option. If you're a Rutgers University student, you can find aid from Counseling, Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).

We all need someone to talk to about our problems. Yes, having friends and family is definitely beneficial. A good rant can help you blow off some steam. But keep in mind that these people are not licensed therapists. They can only offer you advice, not authentic step-by-step treatment.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.

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There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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Anxiety Is Normal

Finding a way to cope is all trial and error.

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Lately, I've been super anxious. I don't know if it's because of school or not having a job or being surrounded by a bunch of people I don't know all the time. Maybe it's a mixture of all those things.

Dealing with anxiety on a daily basis is hard, but it's normal. Everyone gets anxious. Maybe not everyone has anxiety 24/7 like some, but we all feel that at some point. For this week's article, I took a survey. I asked people what makes them anxious, what their physical symptoms are, and how they cope with their anxiety.

With looking at the results of my survey, I realized that most of my triggers and physical symptoms are the same as others. It made me feel a little less alone and weird. Here are some of the questions I asked and the answers I got.

What are some things that make you anxious?

"Flying, public speaking, tests, presentations."

"New experiences, anger from other people, performing."

"Procrastination, time running out, enclosed spaces."

"Overloads of school work and conflicts with friends/family stress me out the most."

"Being around a lot of people, feeling left out within a group of people, tests/quizzes/exams, family, relationships, sometimes nothing at all I just feel anxious, needing to have important discussions."

"Waiting, crowds, being late, insecurities, anticipation, love."

"Large groups of people, people from my past, lots of work."

"Grades, money."

"Social situations, being awkward or messing up around people, public speaking."

What are some physical symptoms of your anxiety?

"Rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaky hands."

"Shakes, sweat, stuttering, heavy breathing, overthinking, face scrunching."

"Dry mouth (this makes me feel like I can't breathe and am having a panic attack), upset stomach, knots in my stomach."

"I get migraines."

"Heart racing, urge to cry, shaky/clammy hands, stomach ache, irritability."

"Itching, headache, eyes hurt, stomach pains."

"Lightheadedness, shakiness, rapid heartbeat."

"Heart racing, stomach cramps, crying, shaking."

"My hands sweat constantly, even if I'm having fun. I'll just get anxious all of a sudden and shut down sometimes."

How do you cope with your anxiety?

"I keep telling myself to breathe in and out slowly, and I encourage myself that everything will be okay."

"Talk to people about it, hide in my room to breathe, knit, jigsaw puzzles."

"Excuse myself from a group and take time alone to breathe. Journal. Text a friend."

"I sleep or hang out with my friends, paint or make crafts."

"Talk about it to close friends to get insight, write, relax/take a nap."

"Crack fingers, itch, tap foot, cry, sleep, go for walks, write."

"I pray and take deep, slow breaths. It helps to realize that whatever's going to happen is going to happen, so there's no need to worry because I can't change the future."

"Music, drawing, deep breaths, sleep."

"My best friend, she makes me feel a thousand times better about everything."

"Play on my phone."

"Deep breaths, coffee, naps, hot showers, hanging out with friends, pushing myself to do things out of my comfort zone so that my anxiety will maybe become better."

"Ride it out."

"Deep breaths, being alone."

"Surrounding myself with people and things that make me happy or just less stressed."

"Meditating or taking calm supplements."

For me, some things that make me anxious are crowds, people I don't really know, being late, when I start to develop feelings for a new person, going to class, presentations, not knowing what's going to happen, school work, not having enough money and stress.

Some of my physical symptoms are clammy/sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, not being able to breathe, irritability, tapping of my foot, cracking my knuckles, stomach pains, and feeling like I'm going to puke, even though I never do.

I cope with my anxiety by moving around, going on a walk, listening to music, hanging out with friends, writing, deep breathing, and sometimes I'll take a nap.

Some people, when anxious, will completely shut down. They'll stay isolated in their room and not talk to anyone. They'll feel like it's weird to feel this way and won't want to move because they don't know how to deal with it. I'm even guilty of isolating myself from time to time. Sometimes, I'll leave from hanging out with friends because I'm anxious, even when I don't really want to leave.

If there's anything you should take away from this article, it's that you're not alone in dealing with anxiety. Everyone experiences it at one time or another. We all get anxious. It's normal. Some people may have more anxiety triggers than others. Some may have different ways to cope than others.

Finding ways to cope is a bunch of trial and error. Don't get frustrated if one thing doesn't work. Just keep trying to find something that will get your mind off of it for a while.

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