Going to a mental health counselor or a therapist is no laughing matter - it's a valuable tool in the fight against a host of psychological issues and can really be the difference between life and death for many people.
But, of course, self-deprecation is also a valuable tool - one that diffuses tension and takes the seriousness out of our situation. And where would we be if we constantly had to face up to every difficulty that came along?
So we play this game as a kind of self-defense; laughing at ourselves and our neurosis, mocking our insecurities and hiding behind a shield of memes, GIFs and ironically 'relatable' stuff on the internet. Is this healthy? Probably not. But it does delay the reckoning for a little bit longer, and we get to have a laugh along the way!
These are the best tweets representing that; the self-awareness that comes with knowing that one is a little bit broken but are not quite ready to face up to it yet. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!
Nearly half of American households have had someone seek mental health treatment, but many still perceived cost and lack of insurance coverage as barriers to seeking help, according to a survey by APA's Practice Directorate. The poll shows that stigma about seeking mental therapy is increasingly less of an obstacle to getting treatment.
91 percent of people also said they would likely consult or recommend a psychotherapy professional if they or a family member were experiencing a problem.
Why go to see a mental health professional for a therapy session? According to Psychology Today, there are a variety of reasons:
Mental Issues: People struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, etc. may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope. In many cases, disorders are treated medically in conjunction with therapy.
Distress: One way therapists determine the severity of an issue is to look at how much distress it causes the individual. For example, one young woman may be distressed about leaving home for college, while another is delighted. If the level of distress is prohibiting her ability to sleep, eat, study, socialize or enjoy life, therapy may be a healthy option.
Support/Coping: Loss is a common reason for people to seek mental help. Therapy can provide a safe, supportive place for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, abuse issues, or any change in life circumstances that cause distress. Therapists help clients learn coping skills to get them through these times.
Communication: Many people come to therapy looking for help with their relationships. Individual, couples or family therapy can address a common source of distress: poor communication and difficulty resolving conflicts. Some therapists are highly skilled at helping people communicate their needs and feelings constructively.
Self-Exploration: Some people come to therapy to gain a deeper understanding of self. They want to know why they do what they do, why they feel what they feel and determine how much control they have over those areas. Sometimes this exploration is used to determine career, relationship and personal goals.
The good news is, it seems to work. According to the Psychology Today study: "A large majority (80%) of those with a history of either therapy or medication use report that their treatment was effective."
So don't hesitate to ask for help if you feel you need it!