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Therapy is not the end of the world regardless of what our conservative society thinks or says. You are not weak or vulnerable, what you are is mentally exhausted. And you’re not okay. Nothing is fine and that’s alright. Rather than going through a battle with your mind every day, learn how to embrace the difficulties and then eventually solve it.
I started therapy back in October 2016, and no, I wasn’t “crazy”, I just needed someone to reinforce the fact that I was good enough. Self-doubt, negativity, and pessimism can often dictate our lives and we fail to realize the extent of it, until they rise up altogether. Our society as a whole, starts whispering when they hear about depression or OCD, failing to realize how significant their support or lack thereof is when you’re going through a battle with your own self.
Waking up every day and waiting to take that sleeping pill at night so you can numb out the pain and restlessness is not just something you can overlook. It is very real and it exists. Just because we don’t say anything does not mean it’s not killing us on the inside. Because it is. You exclude yourself from the society and blame only your own self. Another entity seems to be inside you, constantly putting you down, making you doubt yourself. That is what depression feels like.
And that’s when therapy is needed. It teaches you that life is beautiful in so many ways. It teaches that YOU, as an individual, can and will achieve greatness regardless of what your mind keeps telling you. It teaches you to accept sadness, and look at life with a more positive perspective.
It teaches you to be independent. It teaches you that it is perfectly fine to take out some time for your own self and to treat yourself every now and then. It’s okay to be selfish because your health comes above everyone else’s demands and expectations.
So if you feel like you’re spending your life in anxiety and stress, burdened under expectations, take a step back and relax. Breathe. Talk to someone, even if it is a therapist. It doesn’t make you weak, it actually makes you stronger.
Because only if you speak out, will anyone realize that there is a problem to be dealt with. Don’t shut yourself in self-loathing because you deserve all the happiness in the world. You just need to know where to look for it!