Seeking help doesn’t take away from anyone else


We all experience the frustrations that life throws at us daily. Where they fall on a scale of intensity, however, is where there is a deviation. For some, it’s a battle to get themselves out of bed each and every morning, while for others, it’s an abundance of pent-up frustrations from a multitude of minor inconveniences.

No matter where one may fall on the aforementioned scale, discussing these troubles is a necessity in order to prevent them from becoming more intense than they already are. Relief can be found through friends, family, or anyone else held in high regard. However, many people turn to a counselor or therapist in times of need in order to work through their problems.

There’s an intense stigma surrounding therapy; the only people who are “permitted” to seek help from a trained professional are those who are struggling immensely and cannot find help within their own support system.

These assumptions are, quite frankly, ridiculous.

There is no shame in talking to a third party. There is no shame in adding an extra beam to a support system. There is no shame in seeking a professional opinion. There is no shame in any of it.

Counselors are trained to help those battling the biggest mental armies, as well as those who are fighting in a few skirmishes here and there. Regardless of how prominent or intense this issue may be, it’s okay to talk to someone about it.

One does not need to struggle simply because someone else is struggling a little bit more.”

Seeking help does not take away from those who are experiencing more challenging things. One does not need to struggle simply because someone else is struggling a little bit more.

It is a personal belief of mine that talking to a counselor or therapist is one of the best decisions you can make for their mental health. Like I’ve expressed countless times: one does not have to be at rock bottom to ask for help. Sometimes, it’s necessary to rant to a third party because one doesn’t want to feel like a nuisance to their friends and family. Or, if one’s support system is weakening, bringing in someone else would be nothing but beneficial.

There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help. It does not imply weakness, nor does it offend anyone who may be battling bigger armies.

No matter the intensity of the battle, if help is needed, find it. There is no shame.