So I was out with a friend last Sunday night and I was struck by the intensity of our conversation. What started out as a long deep talk, turned into what he called an “Exorcism”.
No, we went really deep. We both seemed to open up about things that were never even heard by our own ears. It seemed like we both had a lot to say about our individual thoughts that had been kept bottled up for quite some time.
And that got me thinking: why is therapy still stigmatized? In a society that has grown drastically on a social and mental level, out mental well-being is still a topic that must be brushed under the carpet.
But how is that any different from going to see a GP? Why are we as a society of Arabs made to feel guilty and self-loathing for matters beyond our control? In simpler terms, why is it bad to seek help?
I don’t like the term “mental illness”, I’d rather call it an obstacle or a blockage. Some obstacles are bigger than others but as human beings with brains and intuition, we surely have the standard toolbox necessary to deal with them:
We don’t realize just how simple it is to deal with such tumultuous problems. It’s easier said than done but I believe that that is the hardest part. It might get more difficult before it gets much easier, but don’t you think that it’ll be all worth it in the long-run?
All these social restrictions of keeping everything in and not displaying how you truly feel and think about certain areas in your life and the world that surrounds you only adds more stress to you that we our society has turned to alternative methods deemed unhealthy for the human psyche to deal with their internal struggles.
If you feel like going to a therapist, don’t let social stigma stop you. You have an innate right to take care of yourself feeling sorry for yourself is not going to do it.
You’ll thank yourself 5 years from now.