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Remove These Roadblocks To Seeking Help for Your Mental Health

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If we broke a bone, most of us wouldn’t think twice about heading to the emergency room. After all, what would be the sense of struggling with a limb that could potentially never work right again otherwise?! Yet, when it comes to our mental health, that’s precisely what many of us do, ignoring ever growing issues because we assume they’ll either get better on their own or that we don’t need help to get through them.

It’s precisely this mindset that’s led to estimates that as many as 80% of individuals experiencing mental struggles fail to seek any kind of professional advice. And, over time, this can lead to far more severe difficulties, as well as suffering that we just don’t need to put ourselves through. 

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That’s every bit as nonsensical as trying to get by with an untreated broken bone, but for many of us, this avoidance makes total sense in the moment. This is especially the case considering that, with mental problems more so than physical ones, we have a habit of putting certain roadblocks in the way of treatment. Here, we consider what those roadblocks are, and how you can overcome them to start on the journey towards fixing that broken limb at last. 

The stigma of embarrassment

Mental health awareness has come on leaps and bounds in recent years thanks to open conversion, workplace policies, and beyond. Unfortunately, there’s still a significant stigma about admitting that you need help on a personal level, especially for the 40% of men who fail to do so. The bad news is that there’s no way around this but through. As such, only you can break down those walls, perhaps by realizing how common this is, and how much help you actually have access to.

The risk of misdiagnosis

The misdiagnosis that’s thought to be prevalent in as many as four in ten patients with mental illness can also be incredibly off-putting, and is certainly something that medical malpractice attorneys see time and again as a result of the invisible nature of these conditions. However, avoiding this eventuality is as simple as seeking experienced mental health professionals who take the time to work with you before rushing to diagnosis. This is a much more effective way to seek treatment for these issues, and simply involves doing your research, asking for recommendations, or, if in doubt, asking for a second opinion about a diagnosis that doesn’t sit right with you. 

Good old imposter syndrome

It’s also entirely possible that your reluctance comes back to an imposter syndrome regarding your mental health in general. Especially prevalent in individuals experiencing depression that they convince themselves will pass, this is perhaps the biggest obstacle to recovery. However, rest assured that if you’re reading this article and feel like you could benefit from professional guidance, then you almost certainly could. Even if that takes the form of talking therapies instead of heavy medication regimes, it’s guaranteed to make a huge difference to how you feel, and that makes it more than justified. 

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