There is a stigma against seeking therapy. People think that it’s giving up, or giving in to your illness. People think it’s a sign of weakness, not being able to do it all by yourself, needing someone to help you cope with the burden of existing.
It’s not giving up, and it’s sure as hell not giving in to your illness. The way I see it, making your first therapy appointment, and actually going to it, is a way of pushing your illness away, saying, “I’m going to fight you, neither of us are going to like it, but there’s no way in hell I’m letting you take me down with you.”
You are strong as hell. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
That being said, therapy is a luxury few can afford. While writing an article for my third year In-Depth Reporting course I spoke to a mental health advocate at my university. They said that the kids who are most at risk for depression and anxiety, among other mental illnesses, are most often the ones who cannot afford to even think about paying for traditional, sit down therapy sessions. Not only that, but free services, such a counselling on university and college campuses, often have such long wait times that they’re not of much use anyways.
When you go to seek help, you generally need help right away, not in 4 months.
If you can, and if you think you need to, go to therapy. If you can’t, there are free online services you can use to help yourself.
I hope for nothing but the best for each and every one of you reading this.