Mental Health is No Different Than Physical health


Mental health is no different than physical health and its time it should start being treated as such. The issue for most people is they can’t see mental health. There is no MRI, or definitive blood test to tell you that you have OCD or depression, or anxiety, and what people can’t see they are afraid of. They think there is something dangerous lurking beneath the surface, and there is not.

When you break your leg, separate your shoulder, pull a hamstring, you go to the doctor. You get surgery, you go to rehab and physical therapy to strengthen it.  The doctor gives you anti-inflammatories, to help with the inflammation. Physical therapy can take 2 weeks, a month, 6 months, maybe a year to a full year depending on how severe it is. Then you have to do the work at home to keep strengthening it and get better.

So what happens when you have a mental health issue?

When depression, OCD, anxiety creeps up, what do you do? You go to the therapist. A therapist that can help you get better, and heal your mind. You do more than one session, and therapy can take 2 weeks, a month, 6 months or a year. They may give you medication to help with you. Then you have to do the work at home to keep strengthening it and get stronger.

Wow….Do you see any similarities?

It’s exactly the same, yet as a society we view both completely different.

I recently had an issue that I had to deal with. I went to therapy, I did the exercises, I do the self care and self work at home. Now I am stronger than I have ever been and it’s an issue that is in my past. It was a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you want to get better you have to put in the work.

If you have diabetes, cancer, or a physical issue, people understand that, they have empathy. However for a person struggling with a mental health issue, we condemn them and sometimes stay from them scared of what we don’t know.

If you have a mental health issue I am urging for you to go get help. It’s no different than having a physical illness. Once you commit to getting the therapy, and doing the work, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done. You have to be willing to do the work. To do the hard things you don’t want to do.

Trust me. Get the help, take that step.

My life is amazing and I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been.

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A former NHL goaltender, NHL goaltending coach, and Olympic silver Medallist, Corey Hirsch was featured in an article in the Players Tribune opening up about his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while on the rise to a promising career in the NHL. He has since Dedicated himself to ending the stigma of mental health and becoming the National Youth Ambassador for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

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