Why Is It Difficult To Visit A Psychiatrist?

It is normal for people on both sides of the equation to fear going to visit a psychiatrist. You might believe that having issues indicates vulnerability. It could also be embarrassing for you to visit a psychiatrist. Even worse, you might be concerned that someone would learn that you've visited a psychiatrist. In any situation, know that you can get over your anxiety and seek assistance. 

Being judged by others—more specifically, being perceived as weak—is a major barrier for those who require mental health therapy, according to Lindsay Raffaele, IIN Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Founder of Finely Nourished.

Many of their other worries start to disappear as we make room for a more optimistic outlook. In the end, getting care for mental health problems—or any other health difficulties, for that matter—should never be viewed as weak; rather the contrary, in fact. It's an initiative for a better life.

People's skepticism about the effectiveness of mental health treatment is another barrier that keeps them from seeking assistance, frequently as a result of negative experiences they've heard about. According to Ashley Smith, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, "Unfortunately, some people have had negative experiences with the mental health care system because they (or someone they knew) attempted treatment with professionals who were either unfamiliar with or not using the appropriate evidence-based treatment for that specific disorder. Why would you try treatment if all you have heard is that it is ineffective?"

Pride can occasionally present an unusual difficulty in that individuals find it difficult to accept that they need assistance and submit to the therapeutic process. Others worry that revisiting prior incidents may be traumatic and upsetting, which is occasionally true. However, rather than continuing to conceal or deny the events, it seems more sensible and beneficial to address the past in order to ensure that they no longer have a detrimental impact on their life. 


In 2018–2019, WHO referred to India as "one of the most depressed countries in the world." However, according to the National Mental Health Survey conducted in 2015–16, up to 83 percent of those who experience mental health problems do not receive the necessary support. This is due to the fact that, despite the growing debate about mental health, the social media activity surrounding it, and even Bollywood actors sharing their experiences with it, therapy is still a step that many people are reluctant to take, even the younger generation in major centers. 


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