As a devout student of Psychology and an aspiring Clinical Psychologist who also loves to write, I feel the need to put across and point out the misconceptions of this particular field.
Psychology and an aspiring Clinical Psychologist
No, you are not mad or crazy. You are not foolish, helpless, or dumb and definitely not useless. You are not weak if you need help. Mental health is as important as physical health and just for your information, in most cases, they are interdependent.
Mental Health professionals (referring to as MHP) just like any other health professionals are dedicating their lives to helping people. The only difference is that a large part of the world believes that these troubles can be resolved without the help of an MHP which is true. But, we also need to learn that people are different, they cope, deal, and react differently.
While most of the population can healthily handle stress, some cannot. The smallest things trigger the most painful times of their lives. Their thoughts get messy and they stop functioning normally.
Of course, as I have heard before “Everyone goes through hard times, why visit someone for help if we can’t help ourselves.” Well, the intensity of a problem differs from person to person depending on various factors in one’s life. A person’s mind solves things in various ways and sometimes, it shuts off.
What do Mental health professionals ACTUALLY do?
MHP’s are here to unwind that knot in the mind, put it back on track, organize your thoughts in a way that can help you function every day. These professionals sit through hours, sessions of just talking and understanding this stranger who becomes someone you know. This stranger is being affected by something so trivial yet so important that has changed their life. We make you understand what the whole scenario is, then help you in parts. While a person is talking, we ask questions only for them to know that they do have their own answers, they are just too caught up in everything to see clearly. Professionals do not stop the rain or the storm, we help you open an umbrella or help you build a roof against what has come. Clinicians do not help you recover but reinvent.
The stigma around Mental health professionals
I have also often been asked, “If you are helping them, why can’t you help yourself?” My answer lies above. We are human, too and we get caught up in our own knot and need someone to help untie it. We are professionals by choice but sometimes we need help from others too.
MHP’s are misunderstood, put down, made to feel like they have no purpose while all they are trying to do is show your purpose. “I can do what you can do”, I have been told. Well, then what are you waiting for? Do it. We are not in a competition like the rest of the world. An MHP is always overjoyed when they find someone spreading awareness to destigmatize mental health and reach greater heights. There will never be TOO MANY MHP’S EVER. The more the better help, we believe. MHP’s are doing what they can to help the people make a difference and bring about change and peace.
The mindsets are changing every day and I am glad because I see how people have begun to understand that.
Yes, we do not save you; instead, help you save yourself.
We are not heroes, but help you see that you are one.