While most mental health disorders and diseases are experienced across the gender spectrum, women have a one in eight chance of developing depression and anxiety between the ages of 25 and 44, according to Mental Health America. This rate is roughly twice that of men.
Over the past decade, therapy has become less demonized and more accepted as a form of mental health treatment. However, in many populations, the stigma remains.
If you’re a woman with a history of mental health disorders or are experiencing depression; therapy should be a serious treatment option. If you’re nervous about seeing a therapist or don’t know how they can help you, read on.
Here are six benefits of seeing a therapist.
Well-Being & Mental Health
Having an outlet to release emotion is essential for women’s mental well-being. Communicate your frustrations, anger, stressors as well as your delights and accomplishments to balance yourself.
Acknowledging your emotional state (and your ups and downs) is just as important for your overall health as eating healthy and exercising. Seeing a therapist will provide you with:
- Consistency: Weekly, biweekly or monthly meetings create consistent, positive moments in your life.
- Time to Emotionally Unload: Being able to release emotion in a safe space can lessen your stress and anxiety.
- A Focus on You: Throughout your entire session, it’s all about you. You don’t have to listen to your colleagues, kids, spouse, or friends and think about how to respond to their requests. Instead, you can focus completely on yourself. From time to time, this is essential.
- Self-Reflection: Because you can consistently focus on yourself in a safe atmosphere, you can reflect on the past and make better decisions in the future.
Therapists got into their line of work to help people and instill trust. They genuinely care about every patient and are invested in helping them become a stronger person.
Besides, all therapy sessions are completely confidential. You can share anything with your therapist, and they are required to protect your information. Your spouse, parents, and siblings cannot access any conversations you’ve had with your therapist without your direct consent. This confidentiality instills trust and openness that you often can’t get anywhere else.
Reduce Dependency on Medication
While many forms of medication are perfectly healthy and appropriate, some women want to lessen or avoid medication. If that’s you, know that you may be able to reduce certain medications if your therapy sessions are making an impact.
Talk to your therapist about your medication list and your goals. If you wish to reduce your medication, your therapist may be able to help.
Reduce Dependency on Alcohol
In the past few years, alcoholism in women has skyrocketed. The combination of family stress, “mommy wine time” sentiment, and reduced stigma for women drinking may all be contributing factors. The thing to note is that women are often not getting the help they need—whether due to embarrassment or denial.
If you think you might have a problem with alcohol or are treating your mental health symptoms with alcohol, talk to a therapist. They can identify signs, help you with addiction, and give you new coping strategies.
Develop New Strategies to Cope
If your goal is to reduce dependency on medication and alcohol, you may need new coping strategies which your therapist can help you develop.
Things like dancing, painting, exercise, and meditation are all viable options for personal growth and can complement therapy.
One of the best reasons to see a therapist is the problem-solving techniques that you’ll learn. If you’ve never seen a therapist before, you might expect them to give you advice and guide you into healthy decisions. On the contrary, your therapist will rarely advise you.
Instead, they will empower you to make decisions for yourself. In a time where you might be overwhelmed with advice and pros and cons, you can learn to listen to yourself and then proceed.
Making your own decisions and coming up with solutions will give you perspective, confidence, and self-respect, which will spill into other parts of your life.
Seeing a therapist can do wonders for any woman, whether you suffer from depression or anxiety, or simply need a person to confide in.
Contact the friendly and caring therapists at Restorative Brain Clinic. Our team will listen to you and your needs, and create a plan for you to feel happier, more confident, and content with your life. Contact us today.