When I was 16 years old it was suggested that i see a therapist for my anxiety. At that time it felt like a slap in the face. How dare they suggest that I need a therapist? I wasn’t “CRAZY” *gasp*!!
Thankfully, my understanding of therapy has come a long way since then. As Demi Lovato once said, “Weakness is living in denial. Only the strongest people ask for help”. By the time I was 20 I had come to my senses and realized that I really did need professional help, but it took months for me to realize that this didn’t make me weak. In fact, at the time I felt weak for more than one reason. First, I felt weak because I wasn’t strong enough to overcome my issues on my own. But on the contrary I felt weak in the sense that I was entering therapy voluntarily which –to me– meant that I was not sick enough to be forced into therapy by my parents or doctors. I saw myself as weak because I did not have the willpower to make myself dangerously underweight. Messed up, I know.
Asking for the help of a therapist was one of the best decisions that I ever made. Not only did it help me realize that my thought patterns we extremely unhealthy, but it also helped me overcome many of the self-damaging behaviors that I had been engaging in. Therapy helped me regain control of my life and made me realize that I didn’t have to spend the rest of my life miserable and haunted by the abuse of my past. I owe so much of my happiness today to the wonderful support of my therapist.
For anyone who is afraid to try therapy, give it a shot! Seriously, I was stubbornly refusing to see a therapist for so long because I didn’t think that my issues were bad enough to need therapy, but it has helped me so much. I used to think that seeing a therapist was such a taboo thing to do, but now I speak relatively openly about my experiences in therapy. There is no shame in self-improvement. Therapy can help you improve yourself and your quality of life. What do you have to lose…I mean aside from the cost of the sessions !! :p
If anyone is thinking about going to therapy but has questions, feel free to leave me a comment below! I would be happy to answer them to the best of my ability!