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Repurpose – Ignoring the Stigma of Mental Health Treatment

One of the biggest obstacles to getting treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, or another psychological illness is the fear that someone will judge you. It’s common to fear that someone else might see you as “having a problem” or “being crazy” or “not having it all together mentally“. These fears may be keeping you from getting the mental health treatment you might need. However, this article will provide some compelling arguments for ignoring this stigma so that you can get on with taking good care of yourself.

Here are a few reasons to seek out the mental health treatment you need:

  1. Mental health treatment works. Talk therapy has been around since the early 1900’s, and since then, there have been all sorts of variations of the first form of therapy known as psychoanalysis. And alongside the development of therapy, experts recognize that medication works to relieve symptoms. Or in the case of addiction, medication can curb cravings and minimize the effects of withdrawal. In fact, some of the best treatments for common illnesses such as addiction, depression, and anxiety include the combination of both medication and therapy. This type of treatment works for many people, and their lives are changed as a result. If you’re letting the judgments of others get in the way of your treatment, you’re the person who is suffering because of it.
  2. When you’re not fighting symptoms, your life gets easier. It’s challenging to face the symptoms that come with mental illness. In fact, sometimes it’s so challenging that people turn to alcohol and drugs as a means to feel better. Others do their best to ignore symptoms or they might even hide it from family and friends. However, when you’re in treatment for your illness, then you’re addressing the symptoms you experience. And within weeks, you’re no longer having to face the challenge of feeling depressed, excessively anxious, or caught in the cycle of addiction.
  3. With treatment, you can do things you might not have done. Although it might take some time to adjust to the treatment, once you’re feeling better, you might have the energy to return to work, enjoy pleasurable activities, and spend more time with family and friends. You might notice yourself wanting to do more things. You might appreciate the fact that you have the energy, desire, and willingness to do the activities you once enjoyed.
  4. Mental health treatment can create a better future. One symptom of depression, which can also contribute to addiction, is the loss of hope. When you’re feeling like nothing is going to change or that it’s always going to be awful, then you’re less likely to feel good about your life. However, because treatment works for millions of men and women around the world, you’re more likely to experience a change in your life as a result of participating in mental health treatment. You’re more likely to be hopeful, happy, and sober. Furthermore, when you’re happy, there’s a good chance you’re relationships will improve.

Sadly, only a fraction of those who need mental health treatment actually get the help they need. If you’re struggling with an addiction or with symptoms of a psychological illness, why wait let obstacles get in your way. Call a mental health provider for assistance today.

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