When you think about therapy, what comes to mind?
Some people believe that therapy is only for the rich and is a waste of money while some people believe it is only for those that are weak.
Well, this is not true.
When you have persistent fever or pain anywhere in your body, you seek out medical attention. You go to a hospital or a clinic for treatment.
If you pay so much attention to your physical health, then your mental health should be given the same attention. Sudden feelings of sadness, overwhelming terror, a powerful urge to perform repetitve acts or sudden rushes of anger should be treated with the same level of attention as physical illnesses. These feelings should be subjected to the same amount of care.
Unfortunately, the subject of mental health is treated with levity. Many people do not seek treatment for mental health issues because of the stigma associated with Mental Health Therapy. As a result of this, only 44% of adults diagnosed with mental illnesses decide to receive treatment. Others believe that it will ‘get better on its own‘ or that they will ‘deal with it on their own‘.
Some people also believe that they will get made fun of by their family and friends if they seek therapy.
You may think ‘mental health issues affect only adults, right?’. No, that is not the case. research shows that half of all mental health issues begin by the age of 14. Yes, A 14-year old that might not have a job and has all his hair can have mental health issues. Most times, parental negligence of the symptoms of mental illness in children plays a major role in the worsening of such illness.
Mental health issues are one of the leading causes of suicide. Globally, suicide accounts for over 800,000 deaths each year and it is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. Do you still think Mental Health Therapy is not necessary?
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”
Mental Health Therapy starts the conversation. Therapy helps you to understand what the root cause of the extreme mood swings, the changes in eating habits, the excessive worrying or fear, the problems concentrating and the sudden antisocial behaviour. It also helps you to develop healthy coping techniques.
Having a mental health issue does not make you a violent person. You are not less of a person and you are not weak. You do not have to lose your mind before you get mental health therapy.
Taking your mental health seriously is very essential. Getting Mental Health therapy does not reduce your quality of life. In fact, it improves it. Once they start getting help, many people eventually live a more productive life despite their challenges.
Do not be afraid to take adequate measures that will improve your mental health. You should not be afraid to continue the conversation. Mental Health is Mental Wealth.