Misconceptions about therapy have the potential to stop someone from seeking the help they need. It is important to recognize the stigma surrounding therapy and work to stop these ideas from deterring yourself and others who may need it. We’ve highlighted a few of the most common misconceptions below to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
Misconception #1: I will get called “crazy” if people know I go to therapy
Much of what is portrayed on television, other media, and our own social circles regarding mental health help is negative and inaccurate. There isn’t always a couch you lie down on with tissues beside you, facing away from a therapist who is asking, “and how does that make you feel?”
We all suffer occasionally, and seeking help when you need it is not a sign of weakness. People seek help for many reasons, including coping with substance abuse, family or spouse issues and medical diagnoses. Anyone can benefit from therapy – it is much more than “just talking and listening.”
Many people may feel defeated when they are unable to solve their problems on their own. However, starting therapy does not mean failure. There are biological factors to many disorders, which can make it especially hard to heal without professional medical assistance. Only doctors and psychiatrists can legally prescribe medications, so there is no need to be concerned that your therapist being a “pill pusher” or over-prescriber. It is important to pair medications with talk therapy as well to achieve the best outcomes.
Misconception #2: It doesn’t work
Improving your mental health takes commitment and time, and too often people discount its effectiveness too soon into the process.
The truth is, you may need to try out a few therapists before you find one that you truly connect with. Your progress may be slow, and this can be discouraging, but improvement often happens gradually. Therapy is an interactive process, and its important to stay open and engaged with your therapist. Your interaction with them is essentially a relationship, and it needs effort to thrive.
Making progress and improving your mental health is no easy feat, but with time, open-mindedness, and persistence, you can improve. There is rarely one big breakthrough moment that cures you entirely. More often than not, therapy is a serious of small advancements that lead to a healthier mind.
Misconception #3: It’s too expensive
Many insurance companies cover at least a portion of therapy bills, and many safety net clinics, including Vibrant Health, offer services on a sliding fee scale based on income. The costs of not getting mental health help when you need it is arguably incomparable, and can impact job performance, relationships and overall quality of life.
Therapy is not forever, and everyone moves at individualized paces. Wanting a better, healthier life should never bring shame.
Ready to talk to someone? Call Vibrant Health today to set up an appointment with one of our behavioral health therapists.