Society’s ignorance sometimes think that if you go to therapy, that it means you’re either weak, or a psycho. Society’s general perception of therapy is a bit of bitch, because it is preventing so many suffering people reaching out for help.
I’ve been in and out of therapy since 2011, and it did come as a saving grace. My first therapist opened my mind to the treatment of therapy. She helped me learn that I wasn’t insane, my thinking was just faulty. She helped me realise I wasn’t weak, I was unwell.
When I was in the depths of my OCD and depression, she was the only person who I could bare my soul to, because she wasn’t bias and didn’t judge me. She didn’t spoon feed me the generic ‘You’ll be okay’ or ‘you should get out more’ lines. She listened thoroughly, gave me expert advice and most importantly, she understood.
Yeah, it’s intimidating at first. The idea of crying in front of a complete stranger and telling them all your dark thoughts did seem scary and near impossible. I overcame that initial fear, and that makes me a badass.
Keeping your feelings bottled up is not going to make you feel better, nor is it going to make the problem go away. Acknowledging that you’re not yourself and that you need help makes you a badass. Sharing your secrets with a stranger and trusting them makes you a badass. Exposing the depths of your heart and mind makes you a badass.
Mental health is just as important as your physical health, so just like you go to the doctors for regular check-ups, make sure you take care of your mental health too. Because that is badass.