So… just putting thoughts down here, I’m not really sure where this’ll go. Just bear with me.
People have always come to me to vent or try to work through problems that they have, and I always do my best to help them and give advice when I can. I like helping people. I’m a good listener and I try to remain as unbiased and as non-judgmental as I can. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I find psychology so appealing, because it can explain why people act certain ways and it can also help improve people’s lives.
I often get really sad when I see people become so frustrated and angry with seeing doctors and therapists. But I understand why this happens. When it comes down to it, doctors and therapists are here to help you with your mental and physical well being. However, it can take some time to find the best match of therapist and treatment that will benefit you the most. And then, it can take even more time for the treatment and therapy to start to work, because all of that has to come from you. The therapist is there to help you along the way, but you have to make an effort to change.
It’s not going to be easy, because you can sometimes go through a lot of therapists and a lot of different methods—whether it’s medicine, art therapy, meditation, exercise, or even just talking on a regular basis—to find the perfect match for you. That’s tiring, I understand. Sometimes it seems like you won’t ever get better because nothing is working. But please, don’t do that to yourself. Don’t work yourself into a dark spiral because you haven’t found the right fit yet. Once you do find the right fit, things will start getting better gradually. It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of patience and it takes a lot of self control.
This is coming from a psychology student and from somebody who deals with depression and anxiety on a daily basis. I’ve been through multiple different therapists throughout my life and a bunch of different types of treatment. And all though I kind of know how things work and I always advocate for people to try therapy, even I’m scared of going to see a therapist again because I haven’t found the one yet. But, a lot of therapy and mental help is about self help and self improvement, which I’m working towards on my own by eating healthy, exercising, making art, and just trying to think as positively as I can. It’s not easy, especially by yourself, but that’s why therapists exist—they’re guides.
So please, to all my followers, just keep going. Try seeing a therapist, whether it’s through a private practice, or through your doctor, or even your school—chances are, they know what they’re doing and they can help you along the way. Things will gradually start looking up. And of course, if you ever need to talk or vent or chat, I’ll always listen and I’ll do my best to help with what I can.