I was watching this really awesome show on Netflix, Drop Dead Diva. It’s the story of a model who died and whose soul went back to earth and is now using a body of a kick-ass lawyer. Anyway, there are a couple of episodes when clients would go to psychotherapists. Then I wondered why in the Philippines, there are not a lot of people who go to psychotherapists and even wondered more why I haven’t met any psychotherapists at all. It seems like a lucrative specialization really, and no one seems to be talking about going to one. This for me is odd since psychotherapy deals with emotions and mental conditions.
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner.
The reason that I got from friends when I asked them what they thought about this is that it’s a bit taboo to admit that you have mental issues. Yes, I get that, but then again, we are not talking about just mental problems. We are also talking about emotional concerns. We are talking about feelings, and I really think people need to speak up about how they feel, just to get it off their chest.
If a loved one died or if you have been a victim of an abusive partner or rape, or if you, as menial as it may seem, have given everything to someone you love and they just leave you and drop you like you didn’t matter at all, where do you go? If you have issues with your family or with your best friend or issues like fears that you want to overcome, who do you go to? If you just want someone to talk to without judgement, who do you talk to?
I think our society needs to understand that we all need to talk about our feelings, and we shouldn’t judge people who talk to experts to seek for help and advice. I think a lot of the suicide incidents happen because these people found their problems to heavy to handle. I think if they had someone to talk to, this would have been avoided.
Emotions are important. It’s what makes us human. And sharing your story and talking about feelings when you need to share the emotional load is fine.