Recently, I’ve been realizing that I need help. What do I mean by that? I need to figure out why I’m having what amounts to mental health issues. That’s why I want to share with my readers what’s happening. I’m going to talk about how I came to this point, and how I had to clear some major hurdles. My hope is that by the end of this piece you all will also understand that therapy is NEVER bad!
Over the last year or so, I’ve seen a disturbing spike in my own anxiety. Add that to the feelings of insecurity, and my issues with being able to step back during stressful situations and think clearly in those situations. To say that it’s been a rough road sometimes is an understatement.
A recent incident brought to light that I may want to seek out a therapist so I can deal with these issues. I was seeing one before my husband and I met about seven years ago. I went for a couple of sessions but due to cost, I had to stop. Stupid excuse, I know. My point is that, despite having a loving man in my life, I still need help. Being a man, it’s been tough for me to admit to myself that I need help.
I’m not one to shy away from my emotions, but something about telling a stranger what’s happening is terrifying. I bet many of you feel the same way, right? Let me know in the comments. Anyway, I feel that it’s time to get out of my own way and realize that as great as my husband is at helping me navigate things, I still need professional help.
So where do you find the help you need? First, try your health insurance company. If you have one, they can assist you with finding a potentially good fit. Try to pick a couple of areas you’re struggling with. That will help you find a therapist that may specialize in your issues. For instance, I searched for one who deals with anxiety, mild depression, and is good with the LGBTQ+ community. The last part was SUPER important as I’m a gay man. If you can connect with someone who’s either in your community (especially if you’re a minority), it can make the journey a bit easier.
If you don’t have insurance, see if you can find a local resource group in your area. It could be an outreach center or something like that. Heck, even try your primary doctor, if you have one. If you have a good doctor, they can usually point you in a good direction.
The key takeaway here is that therapy is never bad. It can be very helpful, and even cathartic. It all comes down to you. Understanding yourself better will help you understand others. By extension, when you understand others, you can even better understand yourself and the world around you. Therapy can take you to places you never thought possible.
I will keep you all updated on my journey and want to encourage you all to get the help you may need, if you’re struggling with mental health issues too.
Until next time, be well and namaste!