Beyond The Stigma: Seeking Counseling

More than ever, there is an uproar of advocates for mental health globally. It is said that one out of four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. We have grown so far from criticizing it as a make-up illness to accepting it more and more as an actual health condition.




There is always a chance to improve since there is still discrimination regarding seeking counsel. Some think it connotes that a person is “crazy,” weird, and other derogatory terms. These terms are deeply related to the stigma that is related to mental health as a whole. It spells defeat and weakness of character according to others, an unnecessary action since people could recover by themselves if only they “stop acting up.”


Seeking Help Is A Necessity

However, a psychiatrist or a psychologist should not be feared nor avoided. This stigma should be eradicated, and we can only achieve this by educating ourselves. Whether you are having bouts if you have a mental illness or not, here are the reasons why you should consider seeking a mental health professional.


At this point, it should be emphasized that mental illnesses such as depression, paranoia, anxiety, bipolar disorder and the like are at par with physical illnesses such as heart disease.

Mental illnesses are not to be disregarded as simple conditions.


More often than not, mental illnesses are brought about by various environmental, biological, and psychological factors. What is more perplexing is that people can easily mask their conditions until it gets to a more severe level.


Thus, hiding your condition will increase the risk of it getting worse, so as soon as you notice the symptoms, it is best to book a counseling session asap.


What Mental Health Professionals Do

Some of the duties of mental health professionals are pinpointing what medical condition you have, prescribing methods and medicine for improvement and monitoring your progress until you fully recover.




Family and friends often think that those inflicted with these are just lonely or bored, and although their support helps in recovery, most often they wear themselves out by listening to negative outbursts of the patient. It affects personal relationships negatively. On the other hand, a mental health professional is trained to handle these situations with ease. According to F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W., “It is important when looking for someone to help with your problems to get recommendations from people you trust, to interview several different therapists, to ask about their training, and finally, to trust your instinct.”


If you are still wary of counseling in person, you may opt to rely on online therapy. As the costs of paying mental health professionals upfront are significantly high, online therapy is a better option. Various trusted sites have psychiatrists on board. Furthermore, rest assured, these professionals will treat your case with strict confidentiality. “In general, regardless of the therapist’s preferred way of working, people find therapy to be most useful when therapists are responsive, engaged, and offer feedback,” says psychologist Lynn Margolies, Ph.D.


If you are experiencing mental health issues, don’t think that you are alone in this battle. With the increasing attention to mental health, people have been more accepting of people suffering from mental diseases. Furthermore, the widespread reach of the web is making it easier to access psychiatric help. It should be a reason for you to be courageous to act in your condition as well. Break the stigma, begin counseling now.

As Kathleen Smith, Ph.D., LPC said, “Doctors, pain specialists, psychiatrists, counselors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are among those who can help you create and implement a treatment plan for your physical and mental health.”