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If you need some maintenance wrt mental well being, go for it

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At various times I have gone to a therapist for assistance with emotional/mental issues. I don’t think it’s any more a big deal than getting a new clutch on your car or a transmission overhaul, and the goal is the same: to make things go better. And in my experience it has indeed been helpful, especially if you’ve done some thinking about what’s bothering you and have some goals in mind — and recognize those might not be the goals best for you.

(See, for example, Ordinary People, when the boy Conrad (Timothy Hutton) goes to see Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch) for emotional issues following his brother’s death in a boating accident. In the hallway, Conrad knocks on the office door, but a door farther along the hall opens and Dr. Berger sticks his head out and invites Conrad in. Conrad was knocking at the wrong door, as he is when he tells Dr. Berger that he wants to get his emotions more tightly controlled — but see the movie.

At any rate, an occasional checkup with someone who knows about such things and has practice is fixing them is a good idea when things seem not to be running so well, whether it’s your car or yourself. COVID has been here for 9+ months now….and the uncertainty around the election and winter are both looming. All of this is especially hard for people with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, and people who are grieving for family and friends who have been lost to the pandemic. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a 24-hour helpline in the US: 800-950-6264. Would you share this info?

Written by Leisureguy

24 October 2020 at 2:49 pm

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