Therapy is “for emergencies”
Dr. Seide touched on the problematic reality that many people only seek professional help for depression once things have gotten really bad. With other doctors, like dentists or physicians, we take preventative measures and we go in for set checkups each year, whether or not anything is wrong. But with therapy, we often only seek help when symptoms have become severe.
“Going to see a mental health expert is seen as an emergency measure, which is unfortunate that it’s seen that way. I don’t meet people who say ‘I’m just checking in.’”