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You may feel that you do not want treatment for mental health
problems. You may:
Here are some reasons people don't seek treatment and what
you can do about them.
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment."
"I can't get there."
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy."
"People will think I'm weak."
"What will my family and friends think?"
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
Doctors, mental health care professionals,
hospitals, and clinics take privacy seriously. They won't share your records
with anyone not involved in your treatment. If you have questions about your
privacy, ask them about it when calling for an appointment.
"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."
It may be hard for some people to understand or
relate to your experiences. But other people can understand. Consider finding
people who have had similar experiences.
"I can't afford it."
January 11, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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