We often hear that when we need help, we have to reach out and ask for help. Regardless of the issues we are facing. We must try and seek the help that we need. This is especially important when we are facing mental health issues. More frequent than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, mental illnesses affect over 450 million people worldwide and can be life-threatening, if only indirectly.
Mental health issues can manifest themselves through symptoms such as restlessness, anger issues, isolation, anxiety, hallucinations, and more. Many of these symptoms can mean many different mental health issues, which is why we must get ourselves checked. Mental illnesses begin manifesting in 50 percent of patients by the age of 14 and 75 percent of patients by the age of 25. According to a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO), a child can already have an undiagnosed mental illness as early as ten years old. Because it is undiagnosed, it means that it is also untreated.
Sadly, some of these symptoms among children or adolescents can come off as just being a “phase,” which also becomes another reason people have their mental illness left undiagnosed and untreated. Luckily, some people are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to get the therapy or counseling that they need.
Now, let us look into how counseling can help with mental health issues. As early as the 1880s, there are forms of counseling used to handle certain issues; however, the person-centered approach for counseling only started in the 1940s. It is one of the most common forms of talking therapy today and can be accessed privately or through some charities.
The truth is counseling can help with a lot of different things. Although it can be a success for those with mental illnesses, counseling is used for a much wider spectrum of issues, including (but not limited to); Relationship issues, Family counseling, Drug misuse, Long term physical illnesses, Grief, Issues surrounding sexual identity, Counselling after rape or sexual assault. If you have issues that you may need to talk about or issues you need help to face, you must get the professional help you need.
Many websites and apps have been made to help people get the mental health help they may need if it gets a little too serious and counseling or therapy is not readily available. So again, how does counseling help? One of the biggest things that counseling can offer is an open space with someone who does not judge or prejudice. Just knowing that you can go to a place where you can freely speak your mind and express your emotions can already make things a lot better.
You will not expect your counselor to talk much because it is your time to talk and express yourself. Still, you will be expecting your counselor or therapist to create prompts, or they might try to move the conversation along when the flow starts becoming slower. What is good with counselors is that they do not express their own opinions on what is happening. They will try to be as objective as possible to provide you with the advice that you need without it coming across as them attacking you in any way.
Counseling sessions may be difficult. During these moments, you will have to open up about things that you are afraid to talk about, like abuse or trauma, but you have to remember that your counselor is there to listen to you and not judge you. The session’s point is for you to open up and relieve yourself of the things you keep pent up inside. Although some sessions may be easier than others, it is good to remember that the goal here is to help you recover from the issues you face. There should be a level of consistency that goes into these sessions. This should not be a one-time thing or something that you would do when the going gets tough. These sessions should be taken seriously, and if you do put in the work, there will come a time when the healing you dream of becomes a reality.
Although there are different reasons for therapy and counseling, we must understand that deciding to take that step is also a step towards giving yourself the freedom and happiness you deserve. Remember that there is nothing wrong with therapy and counseling. Like I said, if you need help, go out and seek it. The internet is a good avenue to find support online. You can join reputable support groups.