Living with depression and/or anxiety can leave you feeling alone and invisible.
It was during those first few sessions of therapy that I came to realise something profound: I was actually not alone, nor was I invisible. Through our conversations, my therapist was able to show me a glimpse of hope and healing for my future.
If you are wrestling with mental health, here are a few reasons to get professional help without feeling ashamed and alone.
1. Professional psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists have dedicated their lives to helping people just like you.
These are not loved ones, good friends or parents. As good as those relationships can be, they are often ineffective in getting to the root of our struggles, as they often struggle to understand what you’re going through. Our brains are physical organs that can become ill too! Just as you would seek professional help for a bodily illness, you should also seek professional help for the mind.
2. We all need a listening, understanding ear without judgment.
As much as I love my family and my friends, I would be lying if I said they always understand what I’m going through. This isn’t their fault; they’re not going through the same battle as me. A therapist spends years training, these studies and experiences give them the skills to treat your mental health better than any unlicensed friend could. A therapist is unbiased, they have no emotional stake in the situation so they can provide unbiased guidance.. It was when I started meeting with a therapist that I was able to share my thoughts and my struggles with someone who understood me and who knew how to help. She wasn’t looking at me like I was “crazy.” Instead, she listened, understood and offered words of hope and support.
This may seem like a weak and insecure addition to the list, but let’s face it: we all want to heal without the entire world knowing our struggles. In a professional relationship, we are given the confidentiality to pour out our heart and soul without being afraid this person will tell Tom, Dick and the local news channel. Instead, we are invited into a safe place to get honest with ourselves about who we are, what we’re struggling with and the person we want to become.
4. They can help us determine if our brokenness is mental, spiritual, emotional or all of the above.
One person may have depression that comes from a chemical imbalance in the brain, while another person may be struggling with the aftermath of a great tragedy in their life. A professional knows how to get to the root of the problem and can help us find the right path to take toward healing. The path I have taken has allowed me to learn strategies and get the proper medication that’s been an absolute blessing in my life.
These are just a handful of reasons why we should seek professional help when we are fighting a battle that is often misunderstood and ignored. Shame has no place in determining if you find healing. We all break in one way or another; no one is immune. If a mental or emotional health battle is what you face, then don’t be embarrassed. There are people who can and who want to help. Seek the right help and don’t face the darkness alone x