Mental Health

@Raine38 (12257)
United States
August 24, 2023 10:17am CST
In one of my prior roles, I am always stressed and exhausted. It has begun to affect my personal relationships and I noticed that I start gaining weight and losing energy and interests in the things that I used to love doing. My husband was telling me to seek help, but I was too much of a chicken and in denial to actually do something about it. I will admit, I have my own prejudices on mental health and seeking help from professionals. I grew up in a family who believes that this topic is taboo, and should not be discussed freely. It took me a while to accept that I needed help, and seeking professional help is nothing to be ashamed of. I used Better Help to seek for a therapist, and fortunately I was matched with someone who lives in a nearby town. We started our sessions right away and scheduled two sessions every month. Then we decided to just do one session a month as I begin to heal. After 14 months, we parted ways and I ended our sessions. I enjoyed my experience with her, and I have learned lots of ways to handle my stress, anxiety and self-doubt in a healthy way. I still have some moments of mental distress, however, I am more equipped to deal with this now after spending time with her. The only downside to this is the fee - it is expensive! Each session costs me about $300+, and as much as I like having her every time I have some mental challenge, big or small, I cannot afford her. From that day on, I never took mental health for granted again. I have become an advocate, and I hope that someday these resources will be more accessible to everyone. I couldn't imagine where I'll be now if I am not able to afford help then.
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@LadyDuck (460454)
• Switzerland
24 Aug
Mental health counseling is covered by our healthcare system here. Many people need to go and to discuss their problems.
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@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
24 Aug
You're fortunate then. Lots of people here do not have access to mental health support. I know there are some programs out there that will help, but these are far so few in between.
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@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
25 Aug
@LadyDuck That's good, and you're all fortunate. At least here, mental health issues are starting to lose its infamous image. More and more people are starting to talk about it openly and even encourage those who need help to reach out.
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@LadyDuck (460454)
• Switzerland
25 Aug
@Raine38 Paying the healthcare insurance is mandatory here in Switzerland. If everyone pays they can cpver more services
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@Manasha (2727)
• Pondicherry, India
26 Aug
Thank you for sharing your deeply personal journey. Your story is both inspiring and relatable, as many people face similar challenges when it comes to seeking help for their mental health. It's truly commendable that you overcame your initial reservations and cultural beliefs to prioritize your well-being.
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@Manasha (2727)
• Pondicherry, India
28 Aug
@Raine38 It's imperative that individuals recognize the significance of addressing their mental health and breaking through any initial prejudices. Mental health is a critical component of our overall well-being, and it's promising to witness a growing awareness and willingness among people to prioritize their mental health. Your awareness and acknowledgement of this issue are highly appreciated.
@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
27 Aug
Thank you, and I know I am not alone in my initial prejudices about mental health. Hopefully, more and more people will start to take care of themselves instead of worrying what other people would think.
@AmbiePam (85992)
• United States
24 Aug
Your insurance doesn't cover mental health counseling? That's just not right. I have sought counseling before although I am not currently seeing someone for talk therapy. She made a world of difference, and I am thankful for that. Yes, mental health coverage should be more accessible, and for those who have access, I wish they would take advantage of it. People blessed with affordable care shouldn't feel hesitant to take advantage of it. I cannot stand the stigma of seeking help, even though I think it is a common prejudice a lot of us have in some way. Thank you for sharing your experience. I wish more people would.
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@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
24 Aug
It does, but when I saw the hoops that I have to jump through for them to cover it, I just did not bother. That will add more to my stress and anxiety. Now that I am in a much better space, and have worked past my prejudices against seeking mental professional help, I will make sure that I understand and have better knowledge of my new insurance and its coverage. I was not in a good space mentally then, and I know that I will not be able to deal with yet another turmoil. Thank you for your kind words, I also hope that more people get empowered to seek professional help and share their stories to inspire others, that they're not alone in this and there is nothing shameful or wrong in seeking help.
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@db20747 (43434)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Aug
Glad you sought help. I've heard of this service. But that is expensive. All I could afford in that case is the good Ole complain to my friends about my problems therapy.
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@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
27 Aug
Having someone that you can vent to who are trustworthy can be helpful too. Sometimes, that's all we need, to have someone to listen to us without fear of judgment and concern that our issues will be repeated to someone else.
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