There are a lot of people in my life I want to say this to! I wish people would go and see a shrink like they see a medical doctor. If you are feeling anxious or feeling down or messed up from a recent break up, loss of a loved one, loss of a job or whatever please go and see someone! Why not?? It can only help you. If you hate it then fine, whatever, I tried. But you should at least give it a chance.
Two of my closest friends recently lost their parents to cancer. Both of their parents were around 60 years old and the cancer came fast and hard and killed them within a year. I have seen them both struggle really hard with their loss. I wish they would see a psychologist to help them. I have suggested this to both of them but they wont do it. Everyone deserves to grieve how they want to but I feel strongly that it could ease some of their pain. I can just see them sitting in a shrinks office having an aha moment when the shrink says something that resonates with them and makes them feel a tiny bit better about everything they are struggling with.
I understand that it can be a hard to start the process. You have to deal with insurance and finding someone you like and making time to go and see them on a regular basis. I get it, it can be a pain in the ass like making yourself go to the gym for the first time. But once you set it up it can be so easy and it can change your life for the better. If you had diabetes you would go and see your doctor regularly. Why can’t people treat their mental health like their physical heath?
I know not everyone has insurance that covers mental health expenses but you can find help for cheaper than you might think. There are therapist who charge a lot less because they don’t have a masters or doctorate degree. I once saw a shrink that was still in school working on her thesis. You could also consider group therapy that might even be free. There are shrinks you can get online for around $30 a session or even less. When I was in college I saw somone for free (or really my tuition paid for it). I am sorry for those that suffer financially and have a harder time fitting this into their budget than others.
Please go and see a shrink dammit. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Every penny you spend will be worth it unless they suck. And unfortunelty some do, one bitch made me cry. But you can try someone else and I believe most of them are really great. They got into the business of helping others. They are smart people that choose to sit and listen to other peoples problems and help them. They cant be that bad right??