It’s Really Okay To Not Be Okay, I Promise

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It’s Really Okay To Not Be Okay, I Promise

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In today’s society, people criticize others for wanting to get help. I know that sounds crazy, but trust me it’s true. Mental health is a serious issue in today’s society; by now I would think that it’d be normalized a little bit more, but that’s not quite the case. If you tell someone, you’re seeing someone to get help with your mental health such as a therapist or that you’re going to get put on either an antidepressant or an anti anxiety medication, he instantly starts judging you.

How do I know this you ask? I have recently encountered this judgement from the people I know. I have recently decided I needed to get help instead of trying to deal with my mental health on my own. I’ve started seeing a therapist. At first, I didn’t want to go to someone to talk about my problems because I felt as if they’d judge me, but my mom didn’t want me to be put on medication right away and get emotionally attached to it to the point where I couldn’t go without it. So we decided to compromise and now I’m going to therapy. However, it was all my decision. I had asked for it because I hated the way I was feeling and I knew I needed help, and that’s exactly what my mom wanted as well; she hated seeing her happy little girl always upset and locked up in her room crying. She was extremely supportive in my decision and wanted to help me find the right person to see. She asked several people from our church who they would recommend, and after several phone calls with the offices of those recommended and our insurance, we finally found the right fit for me.

I know this sounds as if all I’ve had is support, but trust me that’s not been the case. My brother has asked several times why I need it as if it’s a joke, but I don’t get upset about it because I know he doesn’t get it. No two people are exactly alike and I’ve definitely learned this through my process. Not everyone around you is going to know what it’s like to go through what you’re going through. People all have different triggers that ignite their mental health, and that’s okay. For example, one thing that sent mine through the roof was a recent heart break which was the deciding factor that I needed this, but another thing that sets me off every day is not being on time. I have a strict schedule in the mornings, and if I’m off even by the slightest second and I’m having a bad morning, I’ll breakdown and freak out. It took me time to realize what I was going through was okay, and I want you to know that as well. Not everyone around you will understand what you’re going through, but that’s okay.

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