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Facing the Fear of Admitting You Need Help

Facing the Fear of Admitting You Need Help

Struggling with mental health can be crippling. When you struggle alone, though, you are worsening the severity of your symptoms and of your distress. The stigma that surrounds mental health may be the culprit of your fear, or perhaps you fear that you will seem weak to your friends or family by admitting you need help.

It indeed takes a lot of courage to admit that you need help, regardless of the situation. Although it can be hard, there are greater downsides when trying to figure out your mental health alone. The clarity and peace of mind that you seek is not far away, but it will require you to face your fear of admitting that you need help.

Addressing the Mental Health Stigma

The stigmatization and discrimination shown toward people with mental illness began hundreds of years ago, when psychology and social sciences were significantly underdeveloped. Today, we can see that there has been remarkable progress made in the study of these fields, especially in regard to mental health treatment.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults are living with a mental illness at any given time. The term “mental illness” classifies any and all conditions, which range in severity from mild, to moderate, to severe. Consider this statistic to only acknowledge the people that have received a diagnosis or begun to get the treatment that they need to heal. The statistic of people that are suffering from mental health distress on a daily basis, and do not receive a diagnosis or treatment, is much greater. Knowing the prevalence of mental illness in society today may help shed light on how common mental distress truly is.

Accepting When You Need Help

There are various situations that can occur to help you realize when or why you need to reach out and ask for help. If you struggle with low self-esteem, which seems to be a common characteristic of many mental illness conditions, it may be especially difficult to ask or accept help from others.

In order to be able to ask or accept help, you will need to do some internal reflection work. Consider asking yourself these questions:

  • What am I struggling with?
  • How long have I been struggling?
  • Does anyone know I am struggling?
  • Am I engaging in self-harm or suicidal ideation?

In any type of recovery journey, the first step to healing is to admit a loss of self-control and powerlessness. This means you are admitting that your mental distress, or the symptoms associated with it, are taking power over you and your life. In this, you are already realizing that you have lost control.

Asking and accepting help requires you to be vulnerable, and to especially give up control. If you believe that doing so is a sign of weakness, or that you are relying too much on others to help you, you are falling into the pit of mental health stigma. None of us are meant to know all of the answers — there are too many answers to possibly know!

Vulnerability is the opposite of weakness. Being vulnerable requires strength and courage, just like admitting you need help. When we learn to be vulnerable with ourselves, we no longer judge others for being vulnerable as well. Vulnerability connects us deeper with the present moment and allows us to be the most authentic version of ourselves.

Facing Your Fear

You might already know the power in vulnerability, but you are still struggling with facing your fear. In order to face your fear, you must identify your fear.

The first fear we mentioned is the fear of accepting that you have lost control. Another fear you may experience is the fear of being perceived as needy. The thing is, we all have needs. Needs keep us motivated and engaged with our life experience. Our needs change and develop over time. At this phase of your life, if you have greater mental health needs, you must address them before they become severe.

Another fear you may consider is the fear of not getting adequate help after admitting that you need it. Luckily, the field of mental health treatment is vast. Treatment centers are available all over, with many different therapy programs and treatment options available to help you work through your mental health distress.

Facing the fear of admitting you need help will not only help you to get the help that you need, but it also gives an opportunity for someone to help you that genuinely wants to help. If your close friend or family member was honest with you about their struggles, wouldn’t you want to help and support them? Believe that you deserve mental clarity. Start by talking with a close relative or friend about your struggles and see what guidance they are able to offer you.

Facing your fear of admitting you need help can be an overwhelming thought. With the high prevalence of mental health illnesses, it is essential to highlight how common mental distress truly is in society today. Accept that you need help by realizing that you will not be able to heal on your own. Instead of staying in the same place on your healing journey, reach out for help so that you are able to face your fear and grow beyond it. Achieve Concierge is a mental health treatment center that prides itself on holistic and well-informed care. We provide comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals of all ages who are struggling with emotional and behavioral health issues. We believe that it is crucial to address all aspects of an individual — biological, psychological, and social — to achieve long-lasting recovery from mental health distress. For more information, call us at (858) 221-0344.

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Facing the Fear of Admitting You Need Help

It may be common for you to worry about the minor things in your day-to-day life, putting your mental health on the backburner. As a result, you may have developed the damaging habit of avoiding your mental well-being. You may even be scared to admit that you need help. 

It can be challenging to admit you need help, especially when mental health stigma is still prominent. You may worry about having to set boundaries and let your needs be known at work. You may fear what your friends and family will think. You may be scared that you will be shamed and ostracized. 

When considering seeking help for your mental health, it is crucial to know that it is okay not to be okay. Seeking help from a mental health professional does not mean you are “crazy” or “insane.” It just means you are struggling and need an extra boost. If you fall physically ill, you see a doctor; the same should go for your mental health. 

Accepting That You Need Help

The first and often most challenging step towards facing your fear of needing help is acceptance. You may be in a state of denial of needing help or lack the courage to accept the truth of your struggles. However, the only way you can better your mental health is to believe you need help in the first place. 

It is essential to accept that seeking help is okay if you are not feeling mentally or emotionally well. It is okay to struggle with your mental health; nearly one in five adults in the United States struggle with a mental health disorder. Accepting that you are struggling and need to seek help is the best way to overcome and move forward. Remember, you are not alone in your struggles. 

Battling Mental Health Stigma

You may fear seeking help due to the stigma surrounding mental health. In order to overcome your fear, you must battle mental health stigma. Many people internalize this stigma, turning it into thoughts of “I’m crazy.” By doing this, you allow yourself to be defined by the stigma. 

Mental health stigma is a significant barrier to why many people do not seek help. You may not want to be judged for seeking treatment. You may not want to be defined as weak or incompetent, or even worse, seen as unable to take care of yourself.

Accepting that you are not crazy and you are not alone in this fight is the first step to overcoming mental health stigma. In order to overcome stigma, it will take a community effort that may just start with you. 

Awareness starts with educating and informing yourself. From there, you can educate your family, friends, school, and co-workers to spread awareness. By encouraging yourself and others suffering from mental health disorders to speak up, you can create a culture of recovery in your community. 

Face the Fear, and Kill It

Once you realize that you need help, the final stage is seeking that help. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help when it comes to your mental and emotional health. Seeing a mental health professional does not mean that you are crazy; it means that you are taking care of your mental health, just like you take care of your physical health. 

Making Your Mental Health a Priority

Seeking help starts with yourself. Self-help is vital to the journey to recovery. Self-help begins with self-awareness and self-discipline. Self-awareness helps you identify specific triggers of your mental health disorder while also being aware of what helps relieve them.

Self-discipline is the cornerstone of recovery. Once you have identified your triggers, self-discipline improves your ability to manage them. Give yourself permission to seek help by taking care of yourself; for many people, this often starts with seeking professional help. 

Don’t Be Ashamed 

Do not be ashamed of seeking help on your road to recovery. Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be. By seeking help through mental health professionals, you will begin to find yourself again. Mental health is as important as physical health, and both your mind and body will thank you.

Breaking Through the Glass 

It is important as a community to break through mental health stigma. Encouraging others to seek mental health help when they need it and not to be ashamed is vital as well. 

Normalizing the idea of seeking help from mental health professionals to be at your mental and emotional best is possible. Seeking help simply means that you are no longer fighting alone; there is someone there to help you every step of the way. It is okay to need help. 

For many people, it has become normal to put their mental health on the backburner while worrying about other things in their day-to-day life. Often, this stems from a fear of admitting you need help. It is crucial to recognize that many people across the world struggle with mental health disorders, and it is okay to seek help. You can fight through the guilt, shame, and stigma. You can recover and become the person you have always wanted to be. At Achieve Concierge, our collaborative and holistic approach to treatment can help you overcome your mental health struggles. We are here to stand by your side and fight the stigma of mental illness. Our premier members enjoy an array of special conveniences and services, which enhance the treatment experience, including same-day or next-day appointments, direct access to the doctors, and extended appointment times. Find the help you need today and call Achieve Concierge at (858) 221-0344