Psychiatrists are doctors, but not everyone with mental illness prefers visiting a psychiatrist. Mental diseases are complex. It is harder to treat these diseases compared to a physical illness. If you know someone who is suffering from mental illness, you will find it very hard to persuade that person to visit a psychiatrist. Here are the reasons why.
When someone has a psychiatric disorder, they cut themselves off from the society. They refuse to see anyone. So, they don’t visit doctors.
Fear of being identified as a mental patient
People don’t want to be labeled as ‘mental patient’. They fear that others will consider them as being crazy or mentally ill if they visited a psychiatrist.
Many people don’t’ acknowledge mental health problems. Even if they do, they don’t realize the severity of its effects. They think that it’s normal to feel down or that the problem isn’t that bad. So, they don’t visit a psychiatrist.
Now there are various forums and groups available where you can join and talk to people having the same mental health problems like yours. Even if you are not visiting a psychiatrist, you can still talk to someone and seek help. Mental health problems can have serious consequences. You shouldn’t take this matter lightly; you need to visit a psychiatrist.