Recently I had a discussion with someone who is a young adult, has suffered with depression for years (since childhood) and during this time of COVID and telemedicine they had reservations about making their first appointment to talk to a therapist. I remember I was 20 when I first sought help for my depression and anxiety. Let me ask you, when you have an automobile problem do you take your car to the florist to get it fixed? If you have chest pain or a heart problem do you see your endocrinologist for it? Obviously not. So when our emotions cause us to feel sad for an extended period of time, when anxiety causes us to have different physical reactions that paralyze you in social situations or other difficulties it’s important for you to talk to someone who is an expert in solving that problem. There are several different professionals that can help; a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a therapist; all of which are trained specifically for these types of difficulties. If you don’t feel like you can open up or even if your personality doesn’t mesh with the professional you can ask for a different therapist or doctor. The relationship you are able to establish with your professional is so important. This will enable you to open up about your special circumstances. Also important, everything you say to your professional is confidential. Even if you’re a minor, it’s confidential. The only time your professional can tell anyone anything you’ve shared with them is when you are at risk to harm yourself or others. This is purely to protect you. So, step out, take that first step, begin to share your feelings and listen to suggestions from your professional. For me personally, my health begins with my spiritual relationship, then my mental and physical health is one in the same. You cannot separate mental health from body health as the brain is a part of the body.
Published by mud2porcelain
I am a Christian writer, aspiring to inspire, uplift, encourage and help those who are overwhelmed, overworked, over needed, or just at a difficult time in life. Being 64, married, divorced, now married to my high school sweetheart, having had 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and now 3 great grandchildren surely qualifies me to be able to discuss the difficulties of life even with a family without any bumps in the road. Just so you know, there've been plenty of bumps in the road. I've been down the wrong road, a muddy, deep rutted road, a dusty loooong road, and one that I've asked for plenty of guidance from those who felt they were qualified to help me. I'm a registered nurse with varied experiences including 15 years in hospice nursing, and still do some consulting and before that 30 yr + career many jobs to make ends meet. I'm also a sister, and a daughter to my deceased parents. My mother in law, who lives with us has "adopted" me as her daughter. Soon I will be embarking on an adventure of volunteering for hospice as well. While never wanting to do psychiatric nursing out of fear of the unknown, I found myself navigating my own lifelong depression and anxiety. My children also have varied experience with mental illness (a subject we all need to discuss openly). I have high hopes that this site can help and encourage you during your journeys as well. View more posts