Counseling and Stigma

March 1, 2014

We do not hesitate to seek out a doctor or to go to an emergency room when we feel physically ill or have had an accident and have suffered a physical trauma. But,too often we suffer in silence when it comes to emotional health issues

Most of us face challenges in our lives that cause anxiety,depression and/or self-doubt that negatively impact our lives,such as work or our relationships. There still seems to be an underlying assumption that we are "week" if we admit these feelings or seek help when we feel overwhelmed or unsure of what direction to take in life,or how to solve a problem.
Some of us seek answers from family and friends, but when the support network is unable to provide the assistance or guidance necessary, a person can feel alone, isolated and confused.
If we can accept that there are challenges in life which have the potential of negatively impacting our physical, mental and/or social health and seek out the appropriate interventions before the situation gets worse, we can be empowered to receive the guidance and develop the tools to cope with the situation at hand. So, instead of being “weak”, we can actually grow and become stronger. It takes courage to admit when we need help and it is empowering to overcome a problem with the appropriate mind set, attitude and beliefs.

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