Hello there! A happy weekend to you.
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 –
- Find your safe space to talk. It could even be a quiet corner in a coffee house.
- Some organizations/sites offer free consultations by qualified professionals. If budget is a concern, you may opt for these channels.
- The sites have clear terms and conditions specified about the privacy of information and so on. Read the terms in advance.
- If you are comfortable speaking to someone over an audio/video call, then in-person, online sessions are a fantastic choice.
- 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.
- 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. 🙂