Consulting a Psychiatrist – Why a Big Deal?

Here in the Philippines, it is a big deal to consult a Psychiatrist. If you do so, people will think that you are insane. Yes, Psychiatry is specialty devoted to the treatment and study of mental disorder but it does not mean that people who are consulting a psychiatrist are all insane. Psychiatrists not only help those who are mentally ill but also those who have emotional and cognitive dysfunction and disorder.

We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. But if you can’t eat, could hardly sleeps, feel lifeless, and empty, you maybe suffering from emotional depression. If your hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to, you are exhausted all the time, and just getting through the day can be overwhelming, it might be a depression also. In times like this, don’t hesitate to consult a psychiatrist. They can help you overcome your depression and enjoy life like you once did.

If you are afraid of something like fear of dirt or contamination by germs so you repeatedly bathing, showering, or washing hands and refusing to shake hands or touching the door knobs, you may have obsessive compulsive disorder. Other signs of this disorder are excessive doubt and the need for constant reassurance; need for order, symmetry, or exactness and constantly arranging things in a certain way (just like me); needing to perform tasks at certain number of times; collecting or hoarding items with no apparent value. A Psychiatrist can help you overcome these disorders.

The above situations are proofs that not all persons consulting Psychiatrists are insane. Why do I have to write about this? Because I have a close friend who suffered from an emotional depression and was afraid to consult a psychiatrist. She was afraid of what other people will say. I was the one who urged her to seek professional help because she can’t eat and sleep and when I saw her I could hardly recognize her. I told her that it is not the end of the world yet and she has a son who needs her. Thank God she listened to me and she’s now fighting and living for her son.

For those who are suffering depressions and disorders, do not be afraid to face your condition and seek Psychiatric treatment. Your gossiping neighbors can’t help you. It is about time for us to accept Psychiatric treatment like ordinary medical treatment.

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