May is Mental Health Month, in case you didn’t know. I love busting myths about mental health and shutting down mental health stereotypes. It’s not only something that’s really important, but I struggle with mental health issues of my own. I hate being stigmatized for having anxiety, and I want to do what I can to help others who struggle with mental health.
Therapy is not for “crazy” people. Therapy is for people. Therapy is used to treat mental illnesses and to treat issues that have nothing to do with mental illness. It’s something that helped me greatly even before I had anxiety, and it’s something that helps me now that I have it. I don’t want to discourage anyone from seeing a therapist. Actually, I think everyone should see a therapist. If you are in therapy, you’ll definitely understand and relate to these things:
1. It takes a lot to get you there.
Before you go to therapy, it can take a lot to actually get you there. My mom basically forced me to see my new therapist, but I am so glad that she did because I needed to go.
2. You probably didn’t find a therapist you loved on the first try.
I was in therapy after the death of a friend, but I hated my therapist so much. She was not helpful at all, and I needed to see a few others before I found one that I clicked with.
3. You love your therapist sometimes.
My therapist is the besttttt!
4. You completely hate them other times.
But I really hate her sometimes. Mostly when she’s right.
5. Some days you have A LOT to talk about.
Yesterday I was a total chatterbox.
6. Others you don’t want to talk at all.
And you don’t have to! You can literally go the entire session without speaking if you want.
7. You think of ways to get out of your appointments when you don’t want to go.
Especially if you’re having a particularly hard day and don’t want to talk about your feelings.
8. You get frustrated when your therapist gives you homework.
9. Your therapist is the only one you can tell certain things to.
They technically can’t spill your secrets unless you’re a danger to yourself or others. It’s a safe space, and your therapist isn’t there to judge you.
10. And they’re the only one who can make you feel certain things.
I’ve cried about things that I didn’t even know upset me.
11. You feel like you can’t lie to your therapist.
12. When people say things like this, you get annoyed.
Don’t say it like you think there’s something wrong with it, okay?
13. You feel exhausted after sessions.
Talking about your emotions is really hard.
14. You hate it when people ask what you talk about in therapy.
That’s none of your business.
15. You don’t know how people get through life without a therapist.
Seriously, I just don’t get it.
Are you in therapy? Do you relate to any of the above? Tell us in the comments!