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  • Susan J. Leviton

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

What's Keeping You from Getting the Care You Deserve?!

There are many reasons people give for not going to therapy. One of the most common is the expense. While it is true that therapy can be expensive, there are options. The most obvious, of course, is to find a therapist on your insurance plan. However, most cities also have low-fee clinics, many of which offer a sliding-scale. There are also county services which may offer free service to those who are truly without resources. In addition, a pre-licensed therapist will usually see people for a lower rate.

Another concern for most people is time. We are rarely able to accomplish what we need to in a day, so adding another item to the agenda can seem impossible. Yet people tend to make time for the things they value. And what is more important than your quality of life?

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues. Hopefully, with more and more public figures speaking out about their experiences with depression, anxiety, and other disorders, this stigma will disappear.

It is often harder for men to seek treatment, because they are (still) raised to keep things to themselves, work out their own problems. Most people don't hesitate to call a professional when they need one--whether it's an attorney, a plumber, or a doctor. But when it comes to their mental health... well...there's that stigma thing again.

The saddest thing is when people refuse help because they believe therapy doesn't work. Or that it works for others, but wouldn't work for them. In a way it's true--in order for therapy to be effective, you have to participate. You have to show up to appointments, you have to share very personal things, and you have to be capable of insight. But if you are willing to put in the time and effort, great things can happen!

Don't be one of the millions of people who suffer needlessly. Try therapy--you're worth it!

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