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I'm scared to see a psychologist.

Postby Enigmatic » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:44 am

Hi, I'm relatively new to this forum thing, so please don't hold anything against me. I'm a senior in high school and there's been a lot of pressure lately, social, family, and education wise. I've been wanting to talk to someone for a while, but my parents don't want me seeing a therapist of any sort because they want to believe that I'm fine. I'm scared to even reach out because 1.) I don't know who to talk to 2.) I don't want my parents to know 3.) if I go to the school psychologist, my friends might look at me differently especially with the stigma around people who have to see therapists (mentally incompetent) and 4.) I'm scared that if I talk to someone they might use it against me at some point. The idea of trusting someone with my personal problems terrifies me, and admitting that I need help is extremely terrifying. What should I do?
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Re: I'm scared to see a psychologist.

Postby Wally58 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:33 pm

Only you can decide this.
If things don't feel OK, they likely aren't OK. Many people, including myself have asked ourselves, "Why didn't I seek out this help sooner?"
It was the best thing I ever did and very likely saved my life.
If you are over age 18 and considered an adult, the parents don't have to know. One-on-one sessions with a school counselor, clergy or social worker should be covered under HIPPA, which assures your anonymity. It is no one else's business, but yours and the professional's.
I knew I had a problem and I had tried for years to solve it by myself. It was personal and I was ashamed of my weaknesses. It was a relief to finally share it with another person. It made my problems much smaller and manageable.
Not enough people get help until it is too late. There is a stigma with problems being a weakness. Getting help takes courage. Asking for help should be seen as a sign of strength.
Best of luck to you. :D
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