There were 20.6% of adults in the US experiencing some kind of mental illness in 2019.
However, due to the COVID pandemic, over 40% of adults reported struggling with mental health issues or substance abuse in 2020.
Mental health challenges are real, and they affect millions of lives, the people suffering, and their families. Even with the worst conditions, many families do not approach mental health professionals due to the stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues.
In this blog, we will debunk the five most common myths for you.
Myth #1: Counseling is for ‘mentally unstable’ people
What others refer to as ‘mentally stable’ are just people with significant mental issues due to traumas. These are traumas people couldn’t deal with or seek help at the right time.
Counseling is for all kinds of mental problems, whether you’re struggling with difficult life events or learning to open up about abusive families.
Seeking help should be normally accepted, regardless of the issue. When life gets hard, counseling can do miracles.
Myth #2: Counseling costs a fortune
Yes, some high-end counselors charge quite a high fee which is justified due to their experience level.
However, not all counselors charge the same. At Silicon Valley Marriage Counseling, we aim to provide high-end therapy at an affordable price.
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Myth #3: Men don’t need counseling
This myth assumes that since men aren’t in ‘touch’ with their feelings, counseling will not benefit them. Counseling is meant to help all people regardless of their gender. It works by assisting them in getting in touch with their emotions and coping with the stressors.
While it’s true that women pursue counseling more frequently than men, the number of men seeking mental health services has increased lately, too.
Myth #4: Seeking counseling would mean you’re weak
People often confuse the concept of vulnerability and with weakness.
Yes, there is vulnerability when you share deep and personal information with someone while telling what you’re feeling, but that’s not a sign of weakness.
In fact, it’s the opposite. Asking for help requires a tremendous amount of courage, knowing you’re not well and asking for help.
Myth #5: The counselor can’t help me since they don’t know me
When one feels lost and requires guidance, they often turn to their friends or family for help because they know and care about them. While maintaining social connections is essential for a healthy mental state, we must understand that not everyone has the skills to give you advice on processing severe trauma.
This doesn’t mean you should turn your backs on them. All it means is that when it comes to seeking guidance to deal with difficult times or traumas in life, reaching out to a professional counselor is the right choice.
It’s better to seek unbiased and impartial insights that can help you grow.
This blog aims to help anyone struggling with mental issues and to motivate them to seek professional help.
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