We as a society are still under the notion that if we get counselling or we see a psychiatrist and attend therapy, there is something inherently wrong with us that only a professional could fix. This is the case, true, but what is wrong with asking for help? Isn’t seeking for professional advice of a doctor what we do when we feel pain in our bodies or we notice some abnormalities? Why couldn’t we freely do the same when it is about our mental and emotional health?
There’s already been numerous discussions about the advantages of attending therapy, but if you are still uninformed, the list below would hopefully convince you, especially if you are considering to seeing a psychiatrist.
The effects are long-lasting
Remember the times when you had a good, long talk with a friend? This is the same when you get counselled. The only difference is the psychiatrist would be able to understand what you are going through and would be able to provide you with their expert advice. Besides, your friend might also be experiencing something in their personal lives and they might not always be available to listen to you.
This would not be the case when you talk to a professional. The advice that they will give you will help you overcome forever what you are dealing with. There might be instances as well when you might need medications which only a professional could prescribe to you especially when stress is already affecting you physically too.
The solution is for all aspects of your life
When you talk to a friend, they might only look at your situation in one aspect, whereas if you talk to a professional, they might see that your situation may be because of deep seated emotions or how it is affecting all the aspects of your life that even you might be unaware of as well.
This is why there are family counselling services because the issues and problems of one family member is affecting others. If you only talk to a friend about repressed issues, they might not be able to advise you to stop and take a look at your situation and how this is influencing your thoughts, words and actions that could upset your relationships with everyone around you.
It will help you deal with future inconveniences
Not all of us could rationally think before we speak or act, especially when we are overwhelmed with our emotions. When this happens, we ended up doing or saying something that we regret later on. When we get counselling, we would also benefit from being able to deal with future inconveniences because we don’t have any baggage or repressed feelings that sometimes just resurfaces without us meaning to.
With these numerous benefits, it is still a mystery why not a lot of people have considered counselling. Perhaps if more successful and famous people are more open on the numerous benefits of getting therapy, the stigma for it would be unsubstantial.