When it comes to seeing a therapist, far too many people don’t have a clue as to where to start. The process of finding the right therapist can be daunting, and cultural misconceptions about mental health can prevent asking others for help. These myths and misconceptions vary according to culture and age group, but they all share stigma that can keep people – especially in communities of color – from seeking necessary treatment. Let’s debunk some therapy myths.
Mental health issues affect people regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation with nearly one in five American adults experiencing a mental illness at some point in their life, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s key to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated with an equally high priority. There is no shame in being proactive and seeking help.