If you’re feeling helpless, hopeless, alone, anxious, depressed, angry, or like you might hurt yourself or someone else do no not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to a mental healthcare provider.
I’m not saying to commit yourself tomorrow but do try shopping around to see what kind of assistance is available and what will suit you best. Just get the ball rolling.
Try calling a 24 hour distress line. That’s what they’re there for. You’re problems are in no way too inconsequential to be unworthy of help. Distress lines deal with panic and anxiety, depression, anger, delusions, and more all the time and if they feel you need further assistance or resources they’re usually able to offer info on the spot.
If you’ve often thought about talking to your doctor about ritualistic behaviours, like excessive hand washing, or checking and re-checking door locks but you keep putting it off because you don’t think it’s severe enough to mention, make an appointment now. You’re worth it. Look after your mental health as though it’s as important as any vital organ, because it is.
If you keep telling yourself your difficulties with flashbacks and nightmares about a trauma aren’t worth seeking help for, tell yourself to make you a priority and make an appointment to discuss your concerns.
If your worried the psychiatric world will ram drugs down your throat tell the doctor you want to try a drug free therapy before trying medication. Commit to helping yourself get help. Drugs are not the only option, nor are they always the best option. Everyone is different and that’s alright.
You are not alone. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Finding the strength to get help is something to be incredibly proud of.
If you’re concerned about monetary barriers discuss this with your regional mental health care provider. Many wonderful programs are often covered under provincial health or subsidized.
Try having a look here in canada;
Try starting here if you’re in the USA;
If you’re in a more rural location there are lots of interesting therapy options online. You should also be able to access a 24 hour distress line for the region or province.
Take control. Take care of you and remember, you won’t ever feel any better if you don’t bother trying. Fight for yourself with whatever bit of strength you’ve got left. Help is out there and you can begin to find your old self again.