Mental health means more than just the absence of a mental disorder. According to the National Mental Health Program, the majority of people are far from optimal mental health. Just like physical health is not a given and we pay attention to maintain it, we are significantly lagging behind in mental health. According to US research, a person has up to a 50% chance of experiencing a mental disorder at least once in their lifetime, while it is 40% for cancer or diabetes.

In 2017, every ninth resident of Slovakia suffered from one or more mental disorders, especially anxiety disorders. According to the initial epidemiological research, up to 67% of people with symptoms of depression, 80% of those addicted to alcohol, and 84% of those with anxiety do not seek treatment.

The most common concerns we have about seeing a psychologist / therapist

Although many of us are aware that we need to improve in caring for our mental health, the idea of seeking professional help can evoke mixed feelings of insecurity, tension, and fear of the unknown.

“People often avoid seeking a psychologist because of various fears that can overwhelm them to the point where they postpone or completely exclude sitting down with a specialist as a solution. At the same time, people are unsure of the severity of their difficulties. The obstacle then is that they often do not know where to start or are confused about whether to seek a psychologist, psychiatrist, or coaching,” describes clinical psychologist Karol Kleinmann based on his experience.

Concerns and myths about therapy are entirely natural and show that even people who already attend therapy have bravely dealt with them. They include the following:

When to not hesitate and seek help

However, there are cases where seeking psychological sessions is highly recommended and postponing it can worsen the situation. These include: