Thursday, 14 May 2009
See a shrink!
I'm a big fan of mental health. I have absolutely no problem admitting I need to consult a therapist and have done so repeatedly throughout my twenties and thirties whenever I felt it was necessary. I would go so far as to say, that I feel even mentally healthy people should talk to a non-biased mental or spiritual guide (therapist, minister, AA group) on a fairly regular basis. And if after therapy your doctor determines that some medication is needed then I'm all for that too.
So you can imagine how irritating I find it when people still think that getting psychological help is a sign of some sort of weakness. I think it's weak to drink your problems away or take out your unhealthy rage on your family members, or find some other unhealthy outlet to try and dump your illness into.
I find it curious that people would not hesitate to see a doctor if one of their other major organs was malfunctioning. Or see a specialist if they contracted some life threatening illness. And although it's commendable to start eating well and excersing, don't our minds deserve the same kind of looking after? If we wait until it becomes a new fad I'm afraid we'll continue down this destructive path the world has been on.