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Why Therapy Should Be Part of Routine Healthcare

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When you think of 'therapy,' what comes to mind? A lot of us imagine therapy as an extreme solution for mental health care, reserved only for those with severe mental health concerns. But I'm here to tell you that certain forms of therapy, like the talk therapy you might be imagining, can benefit almost everyone at some point in their lives. Therapy shouldn't be stigmatized: it should be NORMAL.

What makes therapy so useful, and why don't people believe that it is? Many believe mental health services to be the 'cure' for specific afflictions, but it isn't so. Therapy isn't a cure for anything, but rather a way to help patients get and maintain the tools they need to understand their own mental and emotional well-being. Think of therapy like a home improvement store. You only go there because you know you need something to repair or improve where you live (in your head, for purposes of this example). You can (and should!) ask the store employees what would be the best tool for whichever improvement or repair project you have, but they won't come home with you to do the job. You'll get the tools and advice you need, go home, and use them to complete your project. Sometimes, your home improvement project degrades over time, and you'll need to go back to get more materials and supplies, and maybe more advice. But the goal is to help you help yourself, exactly as you do in therapy.

As you can see, this might apply to a number of specific situations that have nothing to do with severe mental health issues. If you're feeling lonely and isolated, overwhelmed, sick, trapped, or afraid, therapy can help. If you're going through a stressful change in your life, or struggling with substance abuse or a painful separation, therapy can help. There's really no bad reason to go to therapy, and I truly believe that the world would be a much healthier place if people would agree to try it out. Now all we have to do is get insurance to cover it, but that's an article for another time.

If you're in an emergency situation and need immediate counseling, please call 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit  to chat with a counselor online! Stay healthy!

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