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I Go to Therapy, #YOLO

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Anxious or depressed people like me are often very stubborn. We look around and wish we could live like everyone else does. It's like, you only live once, and we are wasting it being scared or depressed right? But we also want to pretend we don’t have a problem. We hate our reality so much that we want to act like it’s not there. We act that way so that other people will at least think we are “normal” like them. But the truth is, that just stops us from overcoming challenges and living the way we want. Many who need treatment are not getting it. It’s time to start living, guys!

Face this ----> Everyone. Has. Mental. Health.

 They just do. Why? Because they are human beings with real lives. Just like everyone has physical health. There is no reason not to see a doctor if you need professional help for a physical illness, even if it is just for a small sprain or infection. Likewise, therapy is there to help get you back on your feet. So why not use this resource? According to this article from The American Psychological Association http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/1522-3736.2.1.28a  people with anxiety and depression who seek help improve far more than those that don’t. The logical conclusion is that if you are anxious or depressed, it will most likely help to seek therapy.

Even if it is just for something small, it’s okay to go to a therapist. I talk to my therapist all the time about everyday traumas such as school, family dynamics and relationships, or even looking for work. Psych Central says that one major myth about therapy is that only people with a serious condition should go. Seriously, you don’t have to be like a psychopath to consider therapy.  I personally believe all people could benefit from seeking professional help with everyday life every now and then.  Life is hard—for everyone. You might think you would have to be crazy to go to therapy. I would say live a little, try something crazy! But also I would say that, really, you are crazy to try going it alone and expect to get as far by yourself as with help. Many of the awesome people you compare yourself to have had a ton of behind the scenes support that you are not witnessing. Even look at the celebrities we idolize.  Jennifer Lawrence, for example, plays Katniss in the highly popular movie The Hunger Games. But let me tell you a secret. She has suffered from social anxiety. She, however, dealt with it through friends, family, and-- through therapy. Now she is on the big screen fighting against the fictional system with her bow and arrow that she is awesome with. There are many more such successful people who have undergone therapy.

Personally, I don’t know how I would have obtained my undergraduate degree without it. Since I started therapy, I have experienced more of life. I've met new people and tried new things. I've felt comfortable doing things I would never have felt okay with before. I've made better decisions.You only live once, so make it good. The bottom line is— Find a therapist who you like and try it. Stick with it for a while before giving up. It might just help. 

 

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