A lot of people tell me that therapy isn’t helpful. They say that anyone who comes back seeming “improved” or more functional is simply relying on a false, blind happiness that’s been prescribed to them. But is that not to be expected when someone is dealing with something as extreme as death or depression?
I’ve never taken therapy before; I’ve only heard about it through other people’s accounts of their sessions.
Even if therapy is useful, is it worth the money?
Apart from medication prescriptions, therapists, as I’ve gathered from other accounts, do little more than ask, “how does that make you feel?” and diagnose mental illnesses. Anything else that they contribute, such as a sense of security and confidentiality, can be fulfilled by a dependable, trustworthy friend with big ears.
I wonder about the benefits of writing in replacement, or in addition to, professional therapy. As long as the habit doesn’t feel forced or unnatural, writing can be, in and of itself, very therapeutic, though I’m not sure how it measures up to a professional therapy session.
I came to this realization when I was poking around the internet for writing exercise. One website advised evaluating one’s writing style. I determined that in my private writing, and in a lot of the material that makes its way onto this blog, I do a bunch of routine self-inspections.
I like to keep myself in check to make sure that my priorities are reasonably in line.
In some ways, I consider myself my own therapist, because every journal entry reads as if I were responding to the prompt, “and how does that make you feel?”
In all of my years of journals and free writes, I have never grown tired of asking myself that question.
And just like writing is therapeutic for me, for other people, music might be the key. Or exercise. Or Netflix. We’re all different!
I’m skeptical of professional therapy, but I fear that there may be some big “secret” I’m missing that has evaded me in my second-hand account.
1325) Soon I’m getting a therapist and I’m excited because if I get diagnosed, I feel like my anxiety will be validated. – anxietydisorderconfessions
What do you think?