Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength
A mental illness diagnosis can be difficult come to terms with. People are often nervous to seek treatment or take medicine for what they are feeling for a variety of reasons, ranging from societal stigma and personal beliefs to fear. Many people view asking for help or support as a sign of weakness and a lack of control. Individuals tend to want independence and deal with their situations on their own without burdening others with their own issues. Asking for help does not indicate any sort of weakness. In fact, having the courage to reach out and rely on others requires great emotional strength.
Taking smaller opportunities to ask for help can make a big difference over time. Start by reaching out to people that you feel comfortable with. This can be a trusted, non-judgmental family member or a friend. You can also have someone else call to make an appointment for yourself or send an email so you do not have to talk to someone directly about what you are feeling.
According to the American Bar Association, "Research has shown that having a strong support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills, and a longer and healthier life". Research has proven that social support reduces rates of depression and anxiety. Having a strong support system can help decrease stress, enhance self-esteem, and lower blood pressure.
Accepting help from others creates a strong, mutually beneficial connection between the two people. Remember, you don't have to be in desperate circumstances to ask for support. Life is hard—ask for the help you deserve.
If you or a loved one is struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis, clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers can help.
Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 X9500) for more information or to schedule an appointment.