Although the progression open ended culture and understanding societies has brought down many walls surrounding mental illnesses and stigma that has always been an obstacle for patients trying to improve their condition and get well, one wall still remains. The discrimination and shame associated with a mental illness is the main cause why people never get treated their entire lives. These people have to suffer day in and day out while their illnesses are curable.
Looking at psychotherapy as an issue rather than a solution is the main cause for the suffering of a lot of adults and children, even to this day. These people are conditioned to think that if they accept their illness, they would become societal outcasts. Society itself has a major role to play when it comes to mental illnesses. A lot of emphasis is laid down on how to be perfect that sometimes the imperfections are never acknowledged.
Not seeking psychotherapy can further deteriorate your mental condition, and can lead to a plethora of other health condition such as hypertension, diabetes; and in some cases, death. Here are some reasons why you should never worry about the stigma associated to mental illness.
1. You begin to accept yourself the way you are:
Seeking therapy is the first step to solving a larger issue. Society lays so much emphasis on the collective image that you forget your own identity in the matter. Therapy can help you understand how to love yourself and every imperfection you are born with. It can help boost your confidence so much that you do not care about what anyone else thinks of you.
2. You start building your relationships:
Relationships face several problems and they are mostly caused by small misunderstandings. By not fearing the disgrace society will have for you and going for therapy can help you better understand your partner’s needs and wants. It also helps you understand how to rebuild a failing relationship so that you two can live happily. It is a freeing feeling to not care about anyone else but your partner.
3. You can finally understand your purpose in life:
Have you ever felt like you do not belong? Have you ever wondered why you can never fit in society? People often feel like outcasts in society. They start believing that they are useless and they are just another pebble along the path. Going for therapy can help you remove that fear and feeling of being lost. It can help you repurpose your life and therefore give you a goal to pursue.
4. It can help you let go and forgive:
People fall into depression due to a number of reasons – financial difficulties, losing a loved one, unemployment, obesity, etc. You can feel betrayed because the person you love does not love you back. There are countless other scenarios that cause flashbacks to occur in your mind. Not taking therapy all this time can mean that those flashbacks will never leave you.
You need to talk to someone and who better than a trained professional who knows exactly what to say to you. That is why you must forget the stigma attached to psychotherapy and take a chance on it. You are only helping to protect your own mental health that way.