Introverts enjoy time to themselves and like to recharge by themselves versus with groups of people. They also tend to be more shy and reserved people in general. When it comes to struggling with their mental health, it can be challenging for an introvert to reach out for help. Introverts tend to do an excellent job of creating self-help environments for themselves and will usually try very hard and become dependent on caring for themselves. That is one reason that it can be hard for them to reach out to someone else.
If you are an introvert, and you need to outside help, there are a few steps that you can take. The first step is to understand that you are not alone and that you are not an inconvenience. It can be common for an introvert to see asking for help as getting in someone’s way but, your mental health is very important, and it does not get in the way. You don’t need to work through this alone, and it can be very beneficial to get an outside opinion.
One thing that can help an introvert who is seeking help is to talk to someone that you truly trust. Speaking to a stranger may be difficult for you and if it is, identify someone in your life that you sincerely trust with any sensitive information. On the other hand, if you are more nervous about talking through things with someone you know, maybe it would be more helpful for you to speak with someone you do not know. Regardless, if you are experiencing symptoms of a severe mental health disorder, you should seek the help of a trained professional, and maybe that includes talking with someone you trust to get you there.
When preparing to open up about any struggles that you are having, it can be essential for you to to be specific with your request. Don’t fall into the trap of beating around the bush and never getting around to ask for the help that you are seeking. It is important to be straightforward and specific with what you are dealing with and how the other person can help.
The most crucial thing to understand is that people are able and willing to help. It can be hard to let go and let someone in as an introvert, but it can be so helpful. Giving someone the opportunity to help you can be beneficial for not just you but also for the person helping.
Herrick Lipton is the CEO of New Horizon Counseling Center in New York and is also an advocate for mental health. For more information about Herrick or to get in touch with New Horizon Counseling Center for resources, please visit nhcc.us or call 718-845-2620.