Does the thought of seeing a therapist make you feel uncomfortable or different? Have you ever heard from someone who sees a psychologist regularly, and thought: “I’m glad that’s not me”? Perhaps alternatively, you may have thought: “If only I dared to see one, I wonder if they could help me?”
People skip out on seeking help for all kinds of reasons. Some experience the shame that comes from the stigma of mental health. Though there are celebrities and organizations alike doing the work to undo past societal attitudes and stigma, there is still a long way to go when it comes to normalizing mental health.
Others may not have a deliberate concern about their mental processes at all. It’s possible to go through life with limiting beliefs or perceptions that “things just happen” to you, or that you’re doomed. Understanding when to seek help is critical, but not simple.
You’re Not Alone (Really)
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year. Of course, it should be considered that the number is likely a low ball, as many cases will go underreported. However, the numbers still speak.
Percentages of those who suffer in the U.S. go up annually, as well as the percentages of those being treated. Up to 64.1% of U.A adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2018. Approximately 8.4 million people in the U.S. provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue, and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
When it’s Time to Enlist Help
A clouded mental state is not the same for everyone. A person who needs to seek assistance is not always the psyche-ward-esque image that some might have. Certain people can carry about their lives in a very regular manner without appearing to have the slightest disrupt.
This is why each individual must see it as a priority, regardless of whether or not they feel that their symptoms are warranted.
The bottom line is: if you’re experiencing a low vibrational mental experience, then you can benefit from asking for help. An ample indication of this will be if you find that you have trouble with daily life and activities, or if your priorities are suffering as a result of how you feel.
The Mental Illness Doorstop
Struggling alone with mental illness or upset works something like a doorstop. You could have the door wide open being held by a small, compact door stop.
You can take on a whole world of challenges as that door is held open, but all it would take is one swift removal of the doorstop for it swing shut. Then what? In other words, you may be able to function in a state of mental turmoil. But eventually, it may take a toll and be more devastating than if you sought help.
A Note from GR8NESS
There has never been any shame in being conscious and concerned about the health of your brain and emotional existence. Whether you have a profoundly painful experience or feeling off—understand that there are countless people like you. Know that there are options, and that help is available to those willing to seek it.