I have gone through my fair share of jobs, but I could honestly say that being a blogger was the role I was always meant to have. I enjoyed every minute of building my website and filling it with stories from my childhood, travels, or unique experiences. I also loved the fact that people would take the time out of their busy lives to send me messages about how my blogs inspired them or how much they could relate to them. Of course, the income I began to generate through my website was so good that I knew I wanted to do it forever.
What many people could not see was that writing was the only thing I felt confident at. I had been told all my life that I was not pretty enough due to my issues, you. I had also been told that I was not smart enough or nothing extraordinary about me. For years, I could do nothing but accept those words, especially when they came from my parents. Parents were supposed to know what’s best for their kids. Once I turned into an adult, though, I understood how twisted my Mom and Dad were for demolishing my self-confidence before I could even build it up.
But then, I discovered feature writing in high school. It meant that I could write an article, and I could add some feelings to connect to my readers. The more I opened my laptop or picked up a pen and paper to write a piece, the easier it became to pour my thoughts and emotions into every word. Then, I received validation when my classmate’s girlfriend from another school asked to meet me because she read all my write-ups and loved them. It made me feel invincible and important – like I could say everything.
The truth was, I could not do that. I even had to accept that my parents did not approve of my blogging career. They called it a phase – something that could go away any time. They told me to find a desk job and stick with it because that’s a stable income source. Nevertheless, the final stroke for me was when I overheard them belittling my bread and butter and calling it a hobby in front of their friends.
I wanted to die that day. I seriously felt that I could become the President of the United States or the new Queen of the United Kingdom, and my parents would still think less of me. It was as if I could never do anything good in their eyes. I took out my laptop to write and ease my pain, but my fingers stopped above the keys as I remembered that I could not write anything dark in my blog.
People loved the silly or jolly me. They had never seen the depressed me. I feared that showing the latter side of me would make my subscribers go away, but my mixed emotions got the better of me that day and pushed me to create a new topic on my website: Road To Getting Mental Help.
Although many people would undoubtedly find it bizarre, I needed to do it for me. I had to peel away my covers if I wanted to live past my 20s. It didn’t seem like I could if I kept hiding that aspect of my life.
Some of the questions that I chronicled in my blog were:
Do I need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist?
The answer depends on what kind of mental assistance you need. In truth, most people tend to see a psychologist for diagnosis. They have been trained to do that and counsel their clients on how to reverse or reduce their symptoms. Some psychologists even obtain a license to conduct therapy so that they can help others more efficiently.
When it comes to mental illnesses requiring antidepressants, sedatives, and other drugs, people need to see a psychiatrist. The reason is that a psychiatrist is technically a medical doctor and the only mental health professional who can prescribe medication to their clients. Hence, even if you go to a psychologist first, they may refer you to a psychiatrist in this case.
Why would I see a psychologist?
- You suspect yourself of having a mental disorder.
- You cannot deal with or accept the death of a loved one.
- Your stress level has gone overboard.
- Your anxiety has been keeping you from communicating with friends and family.
- You feel helpless and worthless for an excessive period.
- Your fears have become irrational. E.g., you are afraid of eating, colors, or fear itself.
- There is a wrinkle in your family relationship that cannot be smoothed out easily.
- You do not know how to detach from unhealthy habits like smoking, excessive drinking, etc.
- It would help if you conditioned your mind before going to a big event.
What is the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?
When trying to figure out the difference between a therapist and a psychologist, there are a couple of critical factors to look at:
- Education: Psychologists spend ten years in the university, taking up bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in psychology. These are the requirements before they can apply for a license and practice as such. Meanwhile, therapists do not specifically need to get a psychology degree, although their training and education should be related to social work, addiction, coaching, etc.
- Focus: The primary focus of psychologists is on helping their clients determine if they have a mental disorder or what it can be. Therapists, on the other hand, aim to rehabilitate people through psychotherapy and other treatments.
What are the three types of therapy?
The three types of therapy include:
- Psychodynamic therapy helps people dive back into their most hidden memories and resolve their past issues.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: It teaches people how to alter their thinking patterns to improve their behavior and mood.
- Humanistic therapy: It encourages people to realize that they can pull themselves out of any distressful situation.
Where do psychologists usually work?
Psychologists are typically self-employed individuals. Meaning, after receiving a license to practice in or out of the state, they tend to set up their own clinic. The location is up to them, but it can be at home, in a hospital, or their own building.
Some psychologists work for schools, guiding students and teachers alike through their mental ordeals. Others join rehabilitation facilities or teach at universities.
Where do psychologists make the most money?
Psychologists make the most money in the state of California. The estimated annual salary of psychologists there goes up to $120,000. This number may still increase, depending on the psychologist’s years of experience, credibility, and the kind of clients they cater to (e.g., celebrities, athletes, politicians, etc.)
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