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Barriers to Psychological Care

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Topic Overview

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."


Credits for Barriers to Psychological Care

Current as of: June 16, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health


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