Not broken, just in recovery.

Hello there! A happy weekend to you.

What’s cooking?

I keep talking so much about mental health, so today, I thought, why not write something about my experience through self-discovery and journey thus far.

Fun fact: I wanted to pursue psychology professionally in my early years but chose not to as it was not an in-demand profession back in those days, where I was based.

However, the curiosity stayed with me over the years and made me dive into behavioral psychology and mental health awareness topics. So, I started my learning in these areas intending to get certified over time. And, it all started as a path to self-heal.

As my learning progressed, I still felt a gap somewhere. And to fill this gap, I knew what I needed to do.
I had to seek professional help.
(PS: Professional help is always recommended even while you self-learn).

But, I managed to pause the idea because I did not find someone suitable to visit in person where I was based, and I wasn’t comfortable taking online consultations from home surrounded by family.

Finally, when I found a safe space to have an open discussion, I jumped right in. And, it has been the best experience.

At one point, my psychologist commented that I am more self-aware with my current state of mind and methods of healing than the others.

So why did I need a professional, you might ask.

Here is the thing.

Learning is different from executing. While you may be applying your learnings to practice, to implement something to 100%, sometimes you need a nudge in the right direction. Hence, a professional who is also a neutral party.

So, if you are looking to seek professional help, here are my learnings to share –

  1. Find your safe space to talk. It could even be a quiet corner in a coffee house.
  2. Some organizations/sites offer free consultations by qualified professionals. If budget is a concern, you may opt for these channels.
  3. The sites have clear terms and conditions specified about the privacy of information and so on. Read the terms in advance.
  4. If you are comfortable speaking to someone over an audio/video call, then in-person, online sessions are a fantastic choice.
  5. Psychologists and Psychiatrists are professionals of two different specialties. While psychologists conduct therapy sessions, they can not prescribe medications; a psychiatrist can do so as deemed best for your condition post-diagnosis.
  6. When looking for psychologists, there is no harm in trying a few. There is no better way to say this, but you need to feel comfortable with this individual and share a vibe with them. The more comfortable you are, the more you will be able to open up.

Most important of all, know that healing is a conscious and a continuous process. There is not an easy way or one way, or a one-time solution.

And, may the odds be ever in your favor. #hungergamesreference. 🙂


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