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By Elizabeth Goldblatt, Jones, and Katie Karmin, North Shore Country Day

We all have things we keep to ourselves, and simultaneously, there are things we don’t ask others about. Therapy is one of those things. If caring for your mental health has the same value as caring for your physical health, why is it socially acceptable to declare that you have a doctor’s appointment, but not to declare you have a therapy appointment?

Hannah Sohn, a sophomore at Jones College Prep said, “now that I am older I believe that it is important to go to therapy because I think everyone has issues and everyone should go to therapy to talk about their issues. A therapist is a more reliable source than a friend. Therapists aren’t just for people dealing with huge traumas in their life, everyone has something that affects them negatively” on why she goes to a therapist.

Jessica Kubert, a senior at the Latin School of Chicago said, “I think it’s ridiculous that there’s such a stigma around therapy because treating your mental health is the same as treating your physical health, like a headache. The only way the stigma around therapy and mental health will diminish is if we spend more time talking about it in school along with our other health classes.”

Statistics shown by the U.S. National Library of Medicine prove that “The reality for many large urban schools is that well over 50% of their students manifest significant learning, behaviour, and emotional problems.” Yet in contrast to this, there is no evidence that any schools in the state educate their students on mental health and therapy. Talk about an impressive surge in popularity, therapy across the country sure is blazing trails that people even ten years ago never imagined could happen. The strange kids with tragic home lives and minds desperate for some adult nurturing are suddenly not the only ones frequenting the waiting rooms of therapist’s’ office.

As society continues to expand our scale of acceptance, people are frequently more open regarding their need for assistance. The stigma that therapy used to embody is now a dying reputation; in fact, some could argue there is a sense of pride in the action. In many social settings, those who regularly see a therapist are the most able to discussing their feelings.Therapy has not redefined society, the transformation that has undergone is solely a benefactor of the gradual evolution our culture has embarked on.

It is a more casual decision for adolescents, who on the exterior seem perfectly content, to seek comfort in confiding in a trusted adult. Because more and more students across the nation are visiting offices of therapists, the popularity is surging exponentially. Teens are blurring the lines of separation that had been so previously cemented. After all, the success of the therapy sessions can and must be largely attributed to the gradual progression of our society. We live in a country not nearly as stiff, nor formal with how humans are expected to conduct everyday lives. Feelings have never been as encouraged as they are in this present day to be discussed.

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