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Why are People Afraid to Visit a Psychologist?

This section is dedicated to the person who is against visiting a psychologist even in moments of turmoil since they associate it with some form of weakness or inferiority. In this article we discuss some of the reasons why people may be less inclined to visit a psychologist.

Stigma

There is too much of a stigma associated with visiting a psychologist. It is still perceived by many that going to a psychologist is not the right solution for them and many find it hard to accept that a chat with someone who can understand a situation better is a blessing and nothing to be ashamed of. With all the mental health related awareness, people still find it hard to accept that they need help, as they don’t want to be labelled by others as being mad or incapable of managing their life issues. The fear of feeling weak or a failure is a common reason why many people refuse to seek therapy.

Such concerns are quite normal given our socio-cultural background and as a result many people decide not to pursue therapy in the first place. In truth however, the profession of a psychologist is not meant to treat serious mental health issues, but also to treat people struggling to cope with their everyday life problems such as career stress, financial problems, marital breakdowns and other personal tragedies such as the death of a loved one. Visiting a psychologist may help people to improve their overall life satisfaction. The belief that people are meant to act independently even when mental help is required, is an antiquated one.

Fear of disorder

We have grown accustomed to giving labels to everything. Practically any form of behaviour has some weird disorder definition which induces some level of fear. People do not want to be associated with negative labels such as depressed, unstable, emotional, narcissistic and bipolar, just to name a few. People are also afraid that their condition, if any, cannot be cured or else will take a lifetime to solve. In this respect, people are also afraid to confront the issue itself, preferring to ignore its existence.

Lack of trust

Most are discouraged by the idea of opening up to a complete stranger. It is a difficult process as you would be opening up about your problems and insecurities with a complete stranger who has done nothing to earn your individual trust. On the other side of the coin, this may be one of the reasons why it is a good idea, since it can also be exceptionally difficult to open up to a person who is close to us, out of fear of undermining our perception in the eyes of that particular person.

A psychologist’s role is to help make the lives of others better. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by stressful situations and episodes, it is quite easy to feel vulnerable at times. In such moments, we need to understand that it is essential to act and seek appropriate assistance.

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