Debunking 3 Misconceptions about Therapy and Mental Health!

November 25, 2023

Debunking 3 Misconceptions about Therapy and Mental Health!

Despite growing awareness, there remains a tapestry of myths and misunderstandings that can perpetuate stigma and hinder meaningful conversations about mental well-being. Unraveling these misconceptions is a crucial step towards fostering empathy, support, and a more inclusive understanding of mental health. In this exploration, we delve into some prevalent misconceptions, aiming to shed light on the realities that shape the experiences of individuals grappling with mental health issues.

Misconception 1: Gymming or crying can replace therapy

You are justified in seeking solace in the gym or finding relief in shedding tears if these methods contribute to your well-being. Dr Cecilia Chu, a consultant and specialist in clinical psychology at Raffles Counselling Centre notes, “There are various coping mechanisms, and therapy is just one of them; it’s a misconception that it’s the sole solution.” Indeed, engaging in activities like counting reps in the gym or shedding tears can momentarily boost endorphin levels, inducing feelings of joy and euphoria, as explained by Andrea Chan, the head of TOUCH Mental Wellness, TOUCH Community Services.

However, if your emotional state persists negatively and starts affecting your daily life over an extended period, relying solely on exercise or emotional releases may prove insufficient, cautioned Justyne Ho, a counselor with the Singapore Association for Mental Health. She emphasizes, “These approaches may lose their effectiveness when persistent emotional challenges disrupt our daily lives.”

Ho suggests considering professional help if you find these methods insufficient. Seeking assistance doesn’t imply professionals taking control of your life; it is, in fact, an opportunity to share your experiences and gain fresh perspectives.

Misconception 2: I am able to solve the issue myself 

The approaches suggested by discussing your concerns with a mental health professional can diverge significantly from those formulated internally. Justyne Ho emphasizes, “Engaging in a dialogue with someone can offer fresh perspectives and enable you to ‘hear’ the thoughts you’ve been internalizing.”

Indeed, seeking the guidance of a professional allows you to analyze your challenges and establish effective coping mechanisms, fostering a healthier processing of negative emotions and ultimately enhancing your mental well-being, as highlighted by Chan.

Furthermore, these professionals possess the expertise and tools to facilitate productive conversations and provide counseling support, Chan notes. “A trained professional maintains an objective viewpoint, distinct from a friend or family member who may be emotionally invested in your personal life.”

“By articulating the challenges you are facing and engaging in therapeutic questioning with a trained counselor, you enable your mind and overall being to comprehend the situation and strategize coping mechanisms for the future.”

Misconception 3: I need to have serious issues to be able to go to therapy

“Mental health challenges are manageable and responsive to treatment, particularly when addressed in the early stages. We strongly urge individuals grappling with mental health issues to seek assistance promptly. Waiting until symptoms become severe is not advisable; early intervention is key.”

While some individuals may initially turn to friends, family, or religious organizations for support, Ho acknowledges, “If you find yourself still experiencing mental distress after confiding in your social circle, it indicates the importance of considering professional help.”

Self-Reflection and Awareness:

Studying psychology encourages self-reflection, leading to increased self-awareness. Understanding your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can contribute to improved emotional intelligence and self-regulation.

Counseling Skills:

Acquiring counseling skills enables you to provide support to others facing mental health challenges. Whether as a friend, family member, or professional counselor, you can offer empathetic listening and guidance.

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Source: CNA Lifestyle

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