Would you feel embarassed to visit a psychologist?

@mystery5 (351)
India
April 25, 2007 10:56pm CST
If you ever had to visit a psychologist for a problem, would you feel embarassed about it? Is it taboo in your social circle to be visiting one? Would you rather try to sort out the problem with the help of your family and friends? I know a couple who had problems, but didn't even consider taking professional help, because they think that psychologists are only for 'mad' people. I think they are SO wrong, do you?
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@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I used to think that seeing a psychologist was only for crazy people too. I don't think that anymore though. Over the last ten years, I have seen several psychologists and therapists. I believe that I have become a much better person in all ways. I am not perfect, no, I am not saying anything like that but I feel that I am becoming the person that I was meant to be before all the abuse heaped upon me by my parents and my ex-husband. In fact, I saw my therapist just today. As we talked, he asked me where I wanted to go from here and I knew what he was saying. He thinks that I am ready to "leave the nest" so to speak and not visit him anymore because I am doing so well. It's a scary thought but with the things that he has taught me, I know that I will be ok. I am not embarrassed to see my therapist. I am grateful that seeing him was an option for me. I think its been the best thing that ever happened to me. Some people do still look at me and think that I am "crazy" but I don't feel crazy and my therapist doesn't think I'm crazy either. And part of the reason that I even needed counseling was because of those people anyway! So I am very much for getting professional help when it's needed.
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@mystery5 (351)
• India
26 Apr 07
I agree with you. But I do think you need to find a good one to begin with. My parents knew one psychologist, and he seemed like a mad guy himself. Fancy going to such a person for advice!
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I've been to a psychologist on several occassions and I'll admit, at first, especially when I realized that I really had a huge problem that I needed to work out, I was afraid because I didn't want to admit that I had anything wrong. I wanted to continue being the regular old me, ignoring any problems I had at the time. I don't see why it should be embarassing as everyone has problems that they want a neutral party to listen to me and give me advice.
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• Australia
26 Apr 07
If the cost to go to psychologist is not that expensive i will to them if i had a problem. They know how to make us more comfortable with our problem and they will help us to solve our problem. If we talk to friend or family maybe they not standing in the middle to help us, they can in one sides of us. No need to be embarrassed to visit a psychologist, just don't hear what people said about you, you the one who got the problem not them
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I guess some people dont feel it is the thing to do.I dont really believe that someone who dose not know you can come into your life and tell you how to make it all better. I know people who have had professional help and stiil there marriage wasnt saved. I would not be embarrassed at all i would love to sit and talk with someone maby i could find out why they think just because they have book learning that they can save my marriage.
@ozzydee70 (465)
• Germany
30 Apr 07
i've visited a psychiatrist once when i was really down with my problem and it seem that i cant handle it on my own. was so confused then!! anyway I'm not embarassed about it, but honestly i guess even without psychiatrist we'll able to pick up the pieces of ourself.
@mystery5 (351)
• India
30 Apr 07
Yes I can totally understand your point of view. I'm glad you chose to go and get help anyway, because when someone chooses to get help, it means they accept that there is a problem, which is the first step towards solving it!
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• United States
30 Apr 07
Honestly, I am not the type who would in the first place. Maybe, if I had my family all siting around at a table telling me "PLEASE!! For the love of everything righteous and holy left on this earth! Go to the doctor! You eat babies!!" I might then go. Til that day, I try to figure out my problems for myself, and of course, with the help of God.
@mystery5 (351)
• India
30 Apr 07
That is a really amusing way of putting it, hehehe
@k1tten (2320)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I know I should have seen a psychologist for some time. I am embarassed to go to one because just like many people, I don't want to admit that I have a problem. I'm not sure if I do or not but I still don't want to go just in case. I wouldn't feel this way if I just went, I know that...
@mystery5 (351)
• India
30 Apr 07
I agree with you - just go. Make sure you locate a goof psychologist first, but then just go and relax - even if you don't need help with your current problem, psychologists tend to help you improve yourself as a person. Thanks for stopping by!
• United States
26 Apr 07
I have seen a psychologist before and I would not be embarrassed. But, in my opinion, I don't really think a psychologist can really do anything for anyone. I think a psychiatrist can be helpful because a lot of emotional conditions are physical. But, that's just my view. Some people find them very helpful because they provide a neutral view that may be different than their own. It's just never worked in my case and I have found that psychologists are often buried in their own problems.
@mystery5 (351)
• India
26 Apr 07
That is something I didn't know before, thanks!
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• Italy
17 Nov 07
I think i'd be embarassed to visit one. I'm trying to take courage and go for one, but I'm always afraid, even if I know it would be healty for m.e..
1 Oct 07
I'am a Chinee. I agree your viewpoint,and it is taboo to visit a psychologsit in my social circle.Psychologist is far away layfolk,we don't talk about this profession,we know a little about it. So if you tell your friend you want go to psychologist,they will think you are mad,and they want know everything about your trouble,they think they can solve your problem although they are not psychologist. They don't believe psychologist,if you do see psychologist ,they will leave you off ,they scared,they think you are mad and should go to bughouse. I like the profession of psychologist,and that profession is my goal. So I will do my best to make them understand and receive psychologist's work.
• United States
12 Jul 07
i dont feel bad about I have sen one and wish I could afford to now its just some one there that you can talk to and try to work things out when you cant talk to others
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
psychology is an early science and is mistakenly packaged. it not widely part of our culture but there are societies that actually push their people to see a psychologist primarily for health reasons other than insanity or anything. so basically nothing is to be afraid of in visiting a psychologist. actually it is an affirmation to the tons and tons of researches they produced regarding human beahvior.