Depression

Why I am open about my mental health

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I’m always open about my mental health and have previously shared that I take antidepressants and have regular counseling or therapy. I’m a big believer in being open about this and today I want to share with you why.

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There are so many health conditions out there that there isn’t a stigma and I feel mental health should be the same. I understand that because you can’t see someone’s mental health it can be hard to understand how they feel, but you’re equally unlikely to see that their asthma is causing them trouble breathing until it very bad and I have never heard anyone say that they don’t believe someone has asthma!

Speaking of mental health

I believe that mental health should be talked about as easily as physical health. If you can tell a friend that you stubbed your toe or sprained your wrist, it should be possible to tell them you’re anxious about something or that you’re feeling depressed. It’s not always that easy, I know, but in an ideal world it should be.

Who do you talk to about mental health? I have a few friends who I think really understand when I talk about my mental health and I’m much more open with them than I am with others. I also find it very easy to talk to Stuart about my mental health.

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Seek help, the first steps

It’s a big step to decide you need support and something to be proud of yourself for. The first thing to do when looking for a therapist is to be honest with yourself about the biggest concern you have and any diagnoses you may have or have symptoms of. These are things you need to find a therapist who is experienced in.

For example, I have cPTSD and it was important for me to find a therapist who has experience in this. I also wanted a female therapist as I know I find it easier to talk to women about my feelings in general. It was also important for me to find someone who I felt was friendly and who I would see as a friend when talking through my problems. Some people may feel that they need someone more clinical or someone who can be more authoritative with them.

Finding a therapist

Whether you are looking for a therapist through a large organization like The Awareness Center or a small private one working for themselves, there are a few things you should consider and check.

Qualifications and registrations are important. Be sure to check that the person or organization you are considering is a member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. It is a body that regulates therapists and ensures that they are qualified and meet good standards.

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It is important to check the places where they work and whether they can do consultations over zoom or phone. This can mean you don’t have to miss a session if you are sick or have a sick child or maybe have car problems.

Check payment terms. Do you have to pay in advance for a block of sessions? While this is good in some ways, it’s something you should consider avoiding if you’re not sure if you’ll continue with this therapist.

Above all, it is important to be happy with your choice. There’s no point in dating someone you don’t feel happy with because you probably won’t open up and address your issues effectively.

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