Being Anti-Psychiatrist Can Cause You More Harm Than Good
By: Samantha Dewitt
Updated February 09, 2020
How do you feel about going to see a psychiatrist? Do you find yourself thinking about it negatively? Maybe you feel like a psychiatrist isn't going to be able to do anything or that they aren't going to know how to help you. Maybe you have had bad experiences with psychiatrists in the past. No matter what you've gone through or what you're feeling, however, there are plenty of reasons to see a psychiatrist and being anti-psychiatrist is doing you a lot of harm in the long run.
Psychiatrists Are Only For Crazy People - I'm Not Crazy
You don't have to be crazy to see a psychiatrist. The people who are being treated by psychiatrists aren't crazy. What they are is suffering from a mental disorder. Different chemical imbalances cause that mental disorder in their brain. It's not 'crazy.' And you don't even need to have a mental disorder to see some great benefits from going to a psychiatrist. You can get benefits no matter what just by having someone that you can talk to about your thoughts and feelings.
Psychiatrists Are Pill Pushers - I Don't Want Meds
Psychiatrists only prescribe medications when they know that it can help you, in conjunction with the mental health help that they're going to give you. You don't have to use meds in many instances either. You may be able to see some dramatic results and improvements just by talking with a psychiatrist. But if you're going to a reputable psychiatrist, you shouldn't have to worry about them being pill pushers. Rather, they should be focused more on how they can talk to you rather than how they can medicate you.
My Regular Doctor Can Take Care Of It
If you're suffering from a mental health disorder, your regular doctor is not equipped to handle that. They don't have the advanced training that it takes to understand mental health problems and they aren't allowed to try. Rather, because they don't have the training, they're required to refer you to someone who does have the expertise necessary, and that means a psychiatrist. You need someone who knows how to talk to you and work with you in a way that can uncover the things you're thinking and feeling. Your doctor is about your physical wellbeing.
Psychiatrists Just Have You Lie On A Couch and Talk About Feelings
While this is a very common misconception, it's still one that needs to be debunked. Psychiatrists prefer you to sit wherever you're most comfortable (rarely on a white couch), and they're not just going to talk about your feelings or your childhood. They're going to talk to you about several different things about your life and how it's going. They're going to work with you to uncover what's going on in your life and why. Yes, that will include talking about your childhood and feelings, but that's not all that it's about.
Going To A Psychiatrist Means Getting Labeled - I Don't Want To Be Labeled
Going to a psychiatrist means that you're going to have the opportunity to deal with the problems that you're facing. You're going to have the opportunity to understand your own emotions, thoughts, and feelings about things. Yes, you may get a diagnosis, but that's not a label on you. Rather, that's a tool that you can use to help you start working towards a solution and a better life for yourself.
Asking For Help Makes You Weak
Asking for help is not a weakness. Asking for help makes you strong. It's all about helping you to feel better and letting you get on with the life that you want to live. To do that you have to recognize that you are not the same person that you used to be or that you're not the person that you want to be. You have to recognize that you want to change and seeking change is hard. That's something that makes you a strong and brave person.
Psychiatric Meds Will Make Me Different
If you have to take psychiatric meds, they will make you different, but there's always the chance that you won't need them. And if you do need them, those meds are designed to help you feel more like yourself again. They're designed to help you feel whatever your version of normal is and they're intended to make sure that you can react appropriately in given situations. But again, that's only if you need meds in the first place. Many people may not need to take medications while they're going through therapy.
I Don't Have Anything To Talk About For An Hour
If you see a psychiatrist, you're going to have plenty to talk about because they're going to help you. They're going to prompt you to focus on different things or to talk about things that bother you. You likely won't even notice how much time has passed because this is going to be an open and free area for you to just talk about anything and everything that's been bothering you or that might seem strange to you in your own life. It's all about you when it comes to psychiatry.
My Childhood Was Great - I Don't Have A Mental Disorder
First, just because your childhood was great doesn't mean that you don't have a mental disorder. There are several different things that can cause mental disorder long before you're even born or that could cause it later on in your life. Second, you don't need to have a mental disorder to talk with a therapist and see some benefits. Just having the opportunity to open up to someone who has no vested interest in anything you have to say can be a great opportunity that you don't often have.
I Don't Want Anyone To See Me Walking Into A Psychiatrists Office
A lot of people feel that way, and that's why a lot of these offices may try to be discreet. But there's another option too. You can see a psychiatrist entirely online, and then you don't have to worry about walking into an office or anyone being able to see you. These types of therapy, like BetterHelp, are just like the ones where you would see a psychiatrist in person, but instead, you're going to be sitting on your couch (you can lay down if you want to) and talking.
I Don't Like Talking To People About My Feelings
If you don't feel comfortable with the psychiatrist that you're talking to it means that you're talking to the wrong one. You should feel completely comfortable sharing and opening up to them about anything and everything that you're experiencing in your life. There are so many out there that there's no reason you should feel tied to someone that you're not happy to talk to or that you just don't feel like understands you. Your psychiatrist should be someone that you feel close to.
Psychiatrists Are Frauds
There are some psychiatrists out there that don't live up to what the profession entails. There are people out there who are not in it for the right reasons. But there are far more psychiatrists who want to help you. They spend a decade or more in school and training to make sure that they can provide you with the level of help that you need. They're not there just to make things up or prescribe you pills. They genuinely want to help you feel better and get on with the life you want to live.
Only Rich People See Psychiatrists
You don't need to be rich to see a mental health professional. If you don't have a lot of money, there are plenty of programs that you can go through to find a pro bono professional or a discounted program. Schools will often offer psychiatric help at little or no cost. There are also free hotlines and numbers that you can call that will help connect you with someone. It's all about how much effort you're willing to put into it, but it's not about how much money you have available to contribute.
I Saw A Psychiatrist Before, And It Didn't Work For Me
It's possible that the psychiatrist that you saw just wasn't the right match for you. Maybe they weren't a good psychiatrist, or maybe you just didn't feel comfortable opening up to them the way you needed to. Maybe you weren't ready to take that step into psychiatric help. There are several different reasons that you might not have done well with psychiatry before, but you can find someone else and see great results and improvements in your life. Don't let one bad experience affect your entire opinion.