Many people see seeking mental health help as a sign of weakness. This feeling is especially prevalent among the black community, where some studies show that up to 63% of people see seeking counseling as a sign of weakness. If you are one of them, then consider these ideas.
Counseling Allows You to Understand Yourself Better
There are many ways that counseling can help you learn more about yourself. It can:
• Help you identify and eliminate negative thought patterns that make you feel helpless and hopeless
• Assist you in recognizing illogical thought patterns so that you can change them
• Teach you ways to create a more positive outlook
• Abet you in exploring and getting rid of negative learned behaviors and thought patterns
• Shine a spotlight on positive things about yourself
• Aid you in creating workable problem-solving plans
Seeking Counseling Shows Those Around You Your Strength
While some see seeking counseling as a sign of weakness, most people see it as a sign of inner strength. This is especially true of those that are closest to you. They may already realize that you have a problem and be thankful that you are seeking workable solutions. If you are a parent, seeking counseling helps break the stigma of seeking mental health services so that the next generation is not afraid to seek out help if they need it.
Improves Your Physical Health
Most people routinely go to the medical doctor when they need it without worrying about what others think. The same should be true of seeing a counselor because there is a strong correlation between your mental and physical health. For example, studies show that people who have diabetes, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and other chronic illnesses are more likely than the general population to have depression. People with schizophrenia are more likely to have heart and respiratory diseases.
Show the world how strong you are by setting up a counseling appointment today.