It’s really an open-ended debate because the doctors and therapists themselves will say “yes” without skipping a heartbeat. But it’s important to look at the people themselves. I am one of the people who have been to quite a few therapists in different parts of the world, but I’ve always come out with the same thing: nothing. That’s not to say that this outlook applies to everyone. It certainly also depends on what kind of condition you may be suffering from.
Most people would consider therapy while going through a tough phase in their lives and are unable to sort out their own problem. And these are the kind of people I’m focusing on concerning this topic, for I cannot speak with those with more serious mental and cognitive problems. That being said, depression in itself can escalate to dangerous levels if not dealt with. It isn’t that easy to find a therapist that suits YOU. It’s like a treasure hunt really. Because every individual is different and self-perceptions differ from one person to the next. The issue at hand is being able to find a doctor that can understand your perception. And it really isn’t that easy.
I always wonder, as a human being just like I, how is it that this therapist isn’t biased? How is it that he or she won’t judge me or misinterpret my dilemma? And how many people will he or she discuss my personal issues with? Yes, it’s true, they have the whole ‘doctor-patient confidentiality’ thing going on but doesn’t mean they won’t tell anyone. In my own experiences I’ve had doctors, who do not correctly perceive my point of view, offer me advise that I had already given to myself but could not follow through on, and put me on medication. But it’s never really solved anything.
So what’s the solution? If you have the time (and the money), you’re obliged to try out different therapists until you find the one that suits you and your personality best. Maybe we’re just better off talking to our friends. Or writing our problems on paper so that we can look back and analyze it. Because it’s hard enough to open up to a stranger, but having to do it within a limited amount of time really kills the flow. That’s why it’s so important to have genuine friends around you and that’s why it’s even more important to keep you family close by. Because you can go to all the therapists in the world, but help from a loved one is priceless and you don’t have to worry about being judged wrongfully by those closest to you. That’s my solution to the problem. Otherwise, get out there and find the right doctor for you. I’m sure there’s one for everyone!