Why Seek Therapy?
It is often difficult for some individuals to seek psychotherapy.
They likely worry about the stigma attached to
mental illness and mental health treatment. Often they may be
concerned about being labeled "crazy." Nevertheless, studies
estimate that 30-50% of adults will have a diagnosable mental
illness, with many having more than one diagnosable mental illness
at the same time (Kessler, McGonagle, Zhao, Nelson, Hughes, Eshleman,
Wittchen & Kendler, 1994), which means that 30 to 50% of individuals
will need psychotherapy. Of course, this does not include those
who may seek help concerning every day problems, such as finances,
marital problems, family discord, academic difficulties, or a crisis
such as grieving the death of a loved one or healing after a
personal trauma. Nor does this include those who seek psychotherapy for personal development and growth. If we include all of the
many reasons why someone may seek psychotherapy, it is likely that
most of us will encounter problems, situations, and stages of life
that we could more effectively manage if we sought psychotherapy. So why do
people avoid seeking the psychotherapy that they need? Some individuals choose to
talk about their problems with a friend or relative. More
importantly, some individuals don't recognize that they have a
problem or are not ready to make necessary changes.
When a person/couple consider seeking help they likely find that while
they may want to gain professional help, other fears or thoughts keep them from
reaching out for that professional help. While people may experience
distress, life crises or disruptions that would lead them to seek
psychotherapy, they also are faced with fears concerning the stigma
associated with therapy. When will an individual seek psychotherapy? Typically, when the factors related to gaining help are
stronger than the fears or thoughts that stop them from getting the
help they need.
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