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The Stigma of Therapy: True or False?

Many people cringe at the idea of therapy because of the stigma attached to it.  They dismiss the opportunity to learn and grow because therapy implies there is something “wrong” with them that needs to be fixed.
As I was brainstorming this blog piece, I was so convinced that the stigma was false that I looked up the word therapy in the dictionary, and was dumbfounded to find out that it actually does mean that!

ther·a·py -noun, plural -pies.
1) The treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial process…
So I’m stuck in a profession whose title is based in a concept that I inherently disagree with. Just because we feel anxious or sad doesn’t mean we have some “disorder” to be cured (in my opinion). The manual that defines all of the disorders doesn’t even take into consideration why a person may feel the way they do.  It simply says, if a person has the symptoms, you can label them like this.  It could almost be considered a self fulfilling prophecy.
So my intention is to address this stigma straight on; and make clear that I’m using the other definition of therapy as the foundation of Life Therapy.
ther·a·py   –noun, plural -pies.
4) any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension
Just because life isn’t always easy and smiley; it doesn’t mean people have some disorder that needs to be cured.  It simply means we need to put some time and effort into figuring out what is going on inside us.  When we are able to understand and manage our thoughts and feelings, we can ultimately enhance every aspect of our lives. 
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