How To Open Up About Your Mental Health

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In therapy, the psychiatrist can only help you as much as you want to be helped. But there are ways on how to open up about your mental health without feeling ashamed. It’s very important to find that comfort zone and open up about your symptoms. When you open up, it makes easier for your doctor to better understand you. Withholding your symptoms will only delay the process to your mental health recovery and you will suffer more in return. Find a psychiatrist who makes you feel comfortable and divulge to them everything going on in your mind. Your doctor can’t wait to help you but you have to want to help yourself as well.

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How To Open Up About Your Mental Health: Finding Trustworthy People

Finding trustworthy people can be a challenge. Trustworthy people should make you feel comfortable enough to share anything with, including your mental health problems. The problem is that the mental health stigma is still alive and many people are afraid to open up. They are ashamed of their symptoms, believing that they will be judged and ridiculed if they divulge them. The fear of being judged makes them keep their struggles a secret, worsening their symptoms in return.

It takes courage to come out about your mental health symptoms in the same way that it takes courage for gay people to come out. But once you do it, you’ll immediately feel better because you’ll feel a great weight come off your shoulders. It’s very therapeutic to share with others what you’re going through. It makes you feel like you’re being heard and no longer isolated inside your world. If you prefer a professional to talk about your mental health symptoms with, then even better! But you never want to be ashamed of talking to someone about your symptoms. Take that initial leap of faith that things will work out and the rest of your journey should hopefully become easier.

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Backstabbers Never Rest

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Some Friends Can’t Be Trusted

There are many people who will come across your way and get you excited as a potential new friend. You may even have a lot in common with them, thinking that you’ve just made yourself a “keeper of a friend.” You guys may laugh a lot, share a similar sense of humor and even get lunches together. But you can really tell who your real friends are when they start to act differently at times and refuse to help you out when you ask them to. Backstabbers never rest.

So why do they do this if you have so much in common with them? It’s because you’re not really in their heart. They may like you and enjoy spending time with you, but when he turns left and you turn right, you become “out of sight, out of mind” for him. At first, you won’t be able to tell right away because you’ll be blinded by the illusion of being decent friends.

But this illusion will slowly break down when you ask them not once but at least twice to help you out with something. And I’m not talking about something small and insignificant. We’re talking about asking for help in a situation that would make your life easier and even offering to help them back in the future.

But it doesn’t matter because they can’t find it within their heart to help you. It’s not necessarily that they don’t want to help you, but they put their selfish interests before yours, something that an apparent decent friend should not do. Good friends learn to sacrifice their self-interests from time to time to come through for their boys!

Many of these types of friends can be classified as backstabbers; when you turn your back, they silently attack. But they don’t necessarily attack by putting you down in front of others or doing you harm without your noticing. They attack by throwing you under the bus in a certain situation in which you didn’t deserve to be in, in the first place.

You then confront them hoping that they’ll recognize their mistakes and change for the better, but keep dreaming folks! No change ever happens. So the veil has been removed and you now see their true character; it doesn’t really shine as brightly as you once thought. And guess what happens at this point in time? Your unconscious mind has recorded everything that has just happened and will start influencing your perception of them.

You will now start to view them in the light that they deserve to be viewed and that light is no where near your standards anymore. If you have eyes, then open them and start using them! These types of people surround us every day and we don’t deserve to give them our genuine kindness and love. However, we must still remain kind and loving human beings at all times, but while keeping in mind who our real friends truly are.

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Improving Mental Health

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Passion, Care And Trust

Our patients come first. Our ego comes last. As soon as the medical community adopts this mindset, mental health care will start to improve. Even among the medical community, there is too much selfishness, pride, competition and ego, that we forget what we signed up for: to help other human beings live happier and healthier lives.

Where is the passion? Many physicians see patients as an obligatory task, like checking off a to-do list. They forget to smile, be empathetic, listen well and compliment. It’s as if burnout has overtaken passion, resulting in empty interactions that lack any meaning or purpose. Passion is a must in order for the mental health of humanity to consistently improve.

Where is the care? I am not referring to prescribing medications or talking to patients. Where is the concern and interest for our patients today? Some physicians crack jokes, laugh and even make inappropriate comments; we cannot expect patients to play along when mental health care is not a playing matter.

Where is the trust? Many physicians say this and that and do not deliver. “I will talk to you later today”, “I will see you in ten minutes”, “I will follow up with you later”, only to do the opposite. Some physicians also sell out to pharmaceutical companies, replacing patient care with money as their number one objective.

Improving mental health is not only about doing genetics and neuroscience research or coming out with more effective medications; that is 25% of the battle. The rest relies on delivering authentic, reliable, passionate and trustworthy care on a daily basis. Our patients rely on us; they view us as healers in times of need.

On the first day of medical school, we put on our white coats and took a vow, to deliver honest and ethical care to our patients for the rest of our careers. Many physicians are unconsciously throwing in the towel and breaking the vow before their careers have even ended; they forget their past.

Let us come together and restore the prestige of medicine and psychiatry!

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