Therapy Doesn’t Mean Sick
Most veterans think just because they go to therapy they are sick. Being sick, having a disease, or something wrong – is not what therapy is all about. Therapy is a process towards a goal or simply a means to an end. Veterans often don’t get through PTSD alone and many suffer for years before talking to someone about it. There’s nothing wrong with going to therapy, seeing a therapist or talking about how you feel with your friends. Your friends and your therapist are there for a reason. The reason is to help you get better. Many people think the wrong way about going to a psychotherapist, but then again many people can’t use the self check out at Walmart. So – who cares what most people think. Most people wouldn’t have ever jumped out of an airplane or risked their lives for their country so shame on them for belittling you about going to therapy. People all over the country go to therapy regularly. There are many skilled therapists out there. One therapist comes to mind, Mel Schwartz. Mel Schwartz is a marriage counselor that helps couples keep their relationship strong. He’s regularly helping people with pre-marital counseling, family counseling, individual issues and simple things such as parenting. He’s been on numerous podcasts, written books and even has a TED talk which I’ll put below in a video.
It’s crazy talk to think that therapy means you’re sick. It’s even crazier to think that therapy won’t work. 45% of the country has gone to therapy at one point in their lives. I’ve gone to speech therapy when I was in Elementary school. Speech therapy helped me beautifully! Trust me veterans – coming from someone who’s been in the same shoes as you… Therapy works. Therapy is the part of the natural process that many vets around the country, young and old have gone through to get over the PTSD.