It drives me crazy when I tell people I have PTSD and am struggling and they’re like, “Oh, you should talk to someone about that.”
Like, first of all, I’ve done more talking than someone trying to filibuster Congress.
And secondly, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Why do people assume if you’re seeing a therapist, you therefore must be getting better.
In my opinion, ‘getting help’ and ‘being helped’ are two very separate things.
"Oh, you were raped? You should get help for that."
"Oh, you have depression? You should get help for that."
Why does everyone assume that sitting down in some therapist’s office is actually doing anything?
Why are you oversimplifying things? It’s a lot harder than it looks to heal.
OMG YES. (Granted, I’ve never been raped, but I have had PTSD and I do have BPD and depression that goes with it.)
And why does everyone assume that I’m NOT already getting help for that? Because I totes AM. But I guess that ties in with help actually helping.
Actually, I know why this happens. Because in modern society, that’s where the dialog ends. You have mental illness, you go get help, you get better. People don’t understand it’s a fucking PROCESS and seeing a therapist and/or taking meds is RARELY enough in and of itself. But yes, it’s all “oh, go get help and you’ll get better!” They never fucking talk about what happens if the help doesn’t help, or if the meds don’t work, or if NONE of the meds work. Yeah.