Well, first, let me give you a little bit of reassurance. The decision to seek mental health treatment or assistance for any emotional struggles has nothing to do with how strong or weak you are. We all have different life histories and different factors going on in our lives that make us more capable or less capable at times of handling life stressors. We could all use a little bit of help at times. I might even argue that the decision to seek mental health assistance can actually be a sign of strength, because you will learn skills to not only handle your emotions associated with COVID-19, but also can set yourself up for the future to be able to manage life more effectively.
Well, it's important to recognize that we all have our own unique histories and are contending with life stressors that are unique to each of us. So no one is immune to feeling the stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19. Regardless of whether you are directly or indirectly impacted, as long as you are experiencing emotional difficulties, it is perfectly within your rights to seek assistance. And the good news is that we have a large number of treatments that are readily available that can be of great assistance in helping you cope with this COVID-19. So if you find yourself struggling, it would be a great idea to reach out to a local mental health professional for help getting started.
You may be thinking, I'm not crazy. So what can mental health treatment do for my COVID-19 issues? First and foremost, it's important to recognize that there is no crazy when it comes to seeking mental health assistance. Almost all of us have some issues that we have to contend with, and almost all of us could use a little bit of help along the way.
Seeking mental health treatment creates a space for you to help process difficult situations and different emotions you might be experiencing. It's kind of like having a personal trainer, only for your mind. And seeking mental health treatment can give you skills, not only to contend with issues related to COVID-19, but also to help you deal with other challenging issues that may come up in your life at a later time. And it certainly doesn't have to be long term. Many of the treatments we have available now can be done in very brief models to get you back on your feet in no time at all.