If you’ve never experienced a bout of depression or anxiety, it might be easy to assume that it only happens to “some” people. But the real thing is IT DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE! Mental health is an essential part of our overall wellness. Therapy can be helpful in fostering mental well-being. However, a lot of misconceptions exist pertaining to the process especially in South Asia. Stigmas in the form of stereotypes, lies & misconception are the obstacles that inhibit people from seeking HELP!
Here’s a list debunking few misconceptions that may be hindering your loved ones to lookout the help they need:
1. “Therapy is for crazy people!”- needing mental health doesn’t mean someone is crazy rather they’re brave enough to talk about it.
2. “I already have a support system; therapy won’t add any value.”- Collectivism is a potential health source in South Asia but it doesn’t necessarily solve mental health problems.
3. “It’s all in my head.”- South Asian dis-proportionally recognize physical & mental concerns.
4. “All therapy is the same.”- It DOES vary from one session to another.
5. “My family will be disappointed.”- Lack of confidence & fear of being ridiculed are the major obstacles.
We hope you’re able to approach this list with open mind & a humble heart. If any of these misconceptions ring true for you or someone you know, try to benefit them because it’s a responsibility we’ve to ourselves & to the community!
Credits: Khola Zia