My Approach to Helping
I think pride is the biggest barrier for people seeking care today. There has been a dramatic shift in society since the age of social media came about. Before this, people had little insight into what other people's lives were like and what kind of struggles or successes they achieved. Our social circles were smaller, and mostly people were private about the information they shared with anyone but the closest of friends.
Today, this has changed. People broadcast their lives to the world now, and highlight the successes and the best moments to share. It's not uncommon for people I talk with to be concerned that they are the only ones dealing with the problems they are facing. In a world where you are constantly bombarded with other people's highly curated lives, it can be really easy to feel like no one else is struggling as you are. This can drive you to be more secretive about problems you face, and hide issues from even close friends that would normally be a support.
Coming to a professional for help is not something to be ashamed of. More and more people seek out therapy today, as this world is changing and the landscape of social connectedness is shifting. It's not uncommon to experience anxiety and depression in life, and it's not uncommon to struggle. At a certain level, we realize that we are all human and all struggle with something. It's those that actually get help with their struggles to overcome them that are the real winners here.