Therapy yay? Or therapy nay?

It's been quite some time since that previous 'Living with Anxiety' chapter and having released so far those 5 stories I felt this need to take a little pause. To take some time for myself in order to find those topics I would love and find crucial to share. And since 10 October marks as World Mental Health Day I felt like speaking about the importance, power of therapy or whatever you name it, of therapy.


Ever since I got into therapy myself half a year ago I started researching mental health topic, and anxiety direction which I myself am into in particular. I've so far read that many articles, and found few favorite sources, that I found helpful not really in managing my anxiety but rather in understanding the fact how tricky human mind is and how important it is to actually pay attention to it.


Did you know that 300 million people worldwide have a depression today? I found these stats published by Huffington Post back in May quite helpful and demonstrative. But see, this number here is just about depression but there are also such mental disorders as anxiety, panic attacks, compulsory obsessive one (COD), bipolar thing and many many more. So 300m number is just a part of a whole figure if you think about it. And, according to World Health Organization, 50% of those with depression do not even get professional treatment (due to various factors)...


One (and highly humiliating) of which is stigma brought by 'modern and healthy' society. And, yes, I'm being sarcastic here. I've been raised in this society and even a year ago, when I was literally dying of panic attacks and unstoppable anxiety, I was freaking afraid to take a step towards therapy because I thought this will immediately put me in the position when I'm perceived as abnormal. Year after, with those 6 months in weekly therapy, I have to confess I was so foolish back then. To be honest, I was foolish throughout those past 20 years thinking that self-control would help me deal with this whole thing and hide it all.


So, I've been living with non-treated anxiety for about two decades. And I wasn't even aware it's exactly anxiety. I entered my therapist's office with panic attacks thing. A year ago I was pretty much sure I might be having COD because I could see this obsessions and compulsions thing. Few years ago I freaked out after reading through bipolar disorder points, as I could spot some patterns in me. But it really took a professional view to find the real answer, or diagnosis if you want.


I love my therapy and my psychologist, who is absolutely amazing at what she is doing. But I have to still outline the importance of finding your kind of therapist. Be it a psychologist, psychiatrist and so on. I tried hypnotherapy few years ago, but the effect was more of a short term. But before finding the specialist I'm working with now, I went to see two other ones. And they all gave me time to think if I want to work with him or her. If I feel like I have this trust.


It was my current therapist's office that I literally felt at peace from the first second. So far she shared some great NLP stuff and the power of kinesiology, tapping technique (or EFT), back in July I also started doing my weekly diaries where I share my daily mix of actions-emotions-thoughts plus weekly self-analysis. Should I speak of many different tests that we've been doing during sessions (apart from discussions of course)? One of my favorite is the Szondi test - not the easiest one, in all terms, but pretty deep.


I truly believe that therapy is a crucial thing when it comes to mental health as it gives you so much information on yourself, behavioral patterns, how your mind affects your whole body in those craziest ways sometimes, how tricky human mind is and much more.


So my advice... advice of a 25-year old who's been living with anxiety one on one the biggest part of her life and who took a step towards seeking a professional help... if you have possible access to undertake therapy, then do take this step forward. Am not going to promise it'll get better straightaway as such things require time and a lot of work, but it's sure worth it.


Photo: T. Egorova


Therapy yay? Or therapy nay?

It's been quite some time since that previous 'Living with Anxiety' chapter and having released so far those 5 stories I felt this need to take a little pause. To take some time for myself in order to find those topics I would love and find crucial to share. And since 10 October marks as World Mental Health Day I felt like speaking about the importance, power of therapy or whatever you name it, of therapy.


Ever since I got into therapy myself half a year ago I started researching mental health topic, and anxiety direction which I myself am into in particular. I've so far read that many articles, and found few favorite sources, that I found helpful not really in managing my anxiety but rather in understanding the fact how tricky human mind is and how important it is to actually pay attention to it.


Did you know that 300 million people worldwide have a depression today? I found these stats published by Huffington Post back in May quite helpful and demonstrative. But see, this number here is just about depression but there are also such mental disorders as anxiety, panic attacks, compulsory obsessive one (COD), bipolar thing and many many more. So 300m number is just a part of a whole figure if you think about it. And, according to World Health Organization, 50% of those with depression do not even get professional treatment (due to various factors)...


One (and highly humiliating) of which is stigma brought by 'modern and healthy' society. And, yes, I'm being sarcastic here. I've been raised in this society and even a year ago, when I was literally dying of panic attacks and unstoppable anxiety, I was freaking afraid to take a step towards therapy because I thought this will immediately put me in the position when I'm perceived as abnormal. Year after, with those 6 months in weekly therapy, I have to confess I was so foolish back then. To be honest, I was foolish throughout those past 20 years thinking that self-control would help me deal with this whole thing and hide it all.


So, I've been living with non-treated anxiety for about two decades. And I wasn't even aware it's exactly anxiety. I entered my therapist's office with panic attacks thing. A year ago I was pretty much sure I might be having COD because I could see this obsessions and compulsions thing. Few years ago I freaked out after reading through bipolar disorder points, as I could spot some patterns in me. But it really took a professional view to find the real answer, or diagnosis if you want.


I love my therapy and my psychologist, who is absolutely amazing at what she is doing. But I have to still outline the importance of finding your kind of therapist. Be it a psychologist, psychiatrist and so on. I tried hypnotherapy few years ago, but the effect was more of a short term. But before finding the specialist I'm working with now, I went to see two other ones. And they all gave me time to think if I want to work with him or her. If I feel like I have this trust.


It was my current therapist's office that I literally felt at peace from the first second. So far she shared some great NLP stuff and the power of kinesiology, tapping technique (or EFT), back in July I also started doing my weekly diaries where I share my daily mix of actions-emotions-thoughts plus weekly self-analysis. Should I speak of many different tests that we've been doing during sessions (apart from discussions of course)? One of my favorite is the Szondi test - not the easiest one, in all terms, but pretty deep.


I truly believe that therapy is a crucial thing when it comes to mental health as it gives you so much information on yourself, behavioral patterns, how your mind affects your whole body in those craziest ways sometimes, how tricky human mind is and much more.


So my advice... advice of a 25-year old who's been living with anxiety one on one the biggest part of her life and who took a step towards seeking a professional help... if you have possible access to undertake therapy, then do take this step forward. Am not going to promise it'll get better straightaway as such things require time and a lot of work, but it's sure worth it.


Photo: T. Egorova

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  1. As a 25-year old with anxiety (high five!) I understand you so freaking well. Glad to hear that therapy has helped you so far. While I'm thinking about seeking professional help, I'm still trying to combat mine without the help of therapy. Thank you for sharing these stories.

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    1. Thank you Zane for comment and sharing about your anxiety. It's sure good to know there's someone literally like you, going through the same stuff. Not the best stuff, but still. Can assure you therapy is a big help and it's not as frightening. I also heard of such online platform as https://www.betterhelp.com/, maybe you might find it more suitable.

      Will also think about sharing some useful techniques I learnt so far that help me with anxiety. And don't be afraid to talk about your anxiety and feelings with others - it also helps. And I think you know, but blogging and all the processes - photography, writing, styling - is a helpful thing as well.

      Have a beautiful day, darling!

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