There's often a stigma attached to seeing a psychologist and today I'd like us to try to change the narrative. Many people think that psychologists or "shrinks" are only for people who are "damaged" or "fucked up" upstairs but seeing a psychologist may actually be the best thing for your mental health.
Personally I discovered I had trauma that I needed to deal with because I felt like there was something wrong upstairs. I was constantly tired and had lost all interest in the things that once made me happy not realizing that my tendency not to deal with my issues as and when they occur had chipped away at me to the point where there was almost nothing left.
Life gets rough, real rough and we aren't always well equipped with the tools to help us deal, mentally speaking and a psychologist can help you with just that. From personal experience I can tell you that what I was initially expecting was far from what actually happened. I was expecting the psychologist to tell me exactly what my problem is, then fix it for me. That is NOT what happened!
I saw a female, not that I was specific about who I wanted, she just happened to be the first one on the list I had that actually answered my call. That phone call was the best decision I could have made at the time because now I am doing very well mentally speaking. I had gotten to the point where I didn't feel much about anything and I was overwhelmed. I often found myself crying and I didn't even understand why. I actually ha a breakdown at work on one occasion and I felt I didn't have anyone to talk to and express my feelings because I didn't even understand why I was feeling the way I was.
Seeing a psychologist is a good idea because it helps you to understand and deal with your emotions and get you in the right state of mind. I'm not saying it's a quick fix, it's a step in the right direction. Sometimes it just helps to have a completely objective party to hep figure some stuff out. You need to be open minded tough because nothing works unless you do.
Your mental health is of utmost importance because everything starts in the mind; if your mind is "sick" then your body acts accordingly.
Sometimes it's difficult to reach out and ask for help when you need it. There are far too many people who suffer in silence and I am here to let you know that help is available. Guys if you have medical aid and you need help, please make use of the mental heath services. Don't worry about what people will think or feel about you because your happiness and state of mind are way more important than that! If you're feeling embarrassed or scared there are helplines you can call anonymously and speak to a healthcare professional who can then refer you to someone you can see in person.
I have gained so much from my visits with my psychologist. I am happier and healthier. I am not saying my life has gotten any easier but I am learning how to deal with issues in a more healthy manner than I was before. It's very easy to turn to alcohol or drugs to "switch off" when thing start to feel too much but guys, that's a temporary fix to a rather serious issue. It's best to address the root of your negative feelings and ind a healthy way to deal with them.
Not dealing with your issues from the past, whatever they may be can have serious damaging effects on your future and your relationships with other people and in turn negatively affect your quality of life and your mental state, eventually leading to depression. I didn't even know that I was depressed until I saw a mental health professional.
I am glad to say that I am happier and healthier than I was just a few months ago.