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I am a 31-year-old male living a normal life full of stress and anxiety and a bunch of other challenges. Of course, I have had good days as well. My problem is that I am overwhelmed by all the challenges that have come at me in the past and all the challenges on my path going forward. I've survived 3 layoffs but am not sure I can find work if it happens again because I am an immigrant on a restrictive work visa. My wife's family is facing financial issues and they want me to help out which I am glad to do but only to a certain extent and there is some tension as I set those boundaries plus my wife doesn't get along well with my mom. (is that a surprise?) All this plus much more is weighing me down and I'd love to talk to someone 1-1 and at least get a patient hearing and ideally some sound unbiased advice and encouragement. I must mention that baring the occasional spell I am in no way depressed but I am now becoming more and more numb and indifferent to life and all the stress. I have seen a therapist in the past with specific issues but didn't find it very helpful. This time all I want is someone to hear me out like I mentioned before.

My question, particularly to any therapists out there, would it be ok/ unethical for me to see a therapist for this?
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Hello and welcome to PC!

I think your reasons for wanting to see a therapist are valid. Going through layoffs, financial issues and family tension are all very real sources of stress that could weigh down on anyone's mood.
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I'm so sorry you're going through all of this, ak1728 Welcome to this wonderful forum! I'm sure you'll meet many wonderful people here on this forum! I'm sure you'll meet many wonderful people who are struggling with problems similar to your problems! Please don't give up hope! Try to hang on as much as you can! I believe your concerns are perfectly valid! You have every right to see a therapist if you're struggling so much! Lots of people start to see a therapist because they're struggling with they family or work, so I don't see why your situation would be any different! By all means I'd suggest to talk to a therapist about this and see how it goes from there! I hope you'll be able to get the help you need and deserve! You deserve to get better and to feel good! You deserve to live an happy, fulfilling life just like everyone else does! Please don't give up hope! Just try to hang on as much as you can! I'm sure you'll be able to get through all fo this! You're a strong, wonderful person! Remember that we're here for you if you need it! Feel free to PM me anytime! Let me know if I can do something to help you! Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes! I'm so sorry you have to deal with all of this, ak1728. Please keep fighting and NEVER give up! You can do this! You've got this! I believe in you! We all believe in you! We're all rooting for you! We're all cheering you on! Please try believe in yourself the same way we all believe in you! You deserve to feel better and you matter! Keep fighting!
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You seek validation - and you definitely HAVE IT! You need no permission to see a therapist. You need not have the people in your life approve of it. Looking for a way to manage your pressures in what is obviously an overstretched life is of your right to do so. In fact, I recommend it. I really feel for you as I - and we - understand how the pressures placed upon us can negatively impact one's mental health. So I say make that appointment.
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Your reason to see a therapist are valid, i feel that everyone could benifit from therapy it's very helpful to talk to someone and get a different prespective on things we deal with in life. Welcome to pc hope you find this place very supportive
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I think many people in your situation seek the help of a therapist. They can be a great support, source of guidance, and sounding board. I don't have stats to support this, but I am guessing that more people without mental illness (who just need the support and guidance) see therapists than people with mental illness. For many, the experience need only last for a short period.
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Default Re: "Unusual" reason to see a therapist?

Hi ak1728, I see this is your first post.

For those who feel alone, or simply wanting to reach out for a chat without judgement......Psych Central is the place. There are many good listeners here... we're a pretty good bunch.

I have been an active member of this site for 4 years. In that time I have received some really constructive feedback and connected with several others with similar challenges to myself. I have also found hanging out in the Games Forums to be a welcome distraction in times of stress... a great way to clear my head, meet like minded others, and have some well needed fun. New members benefit greatly from perusing the many forums available here...lots to explore.

Also after 5 approved posts members have the option to join the chatrooms..or chat one on one with other members.

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Please be kind & generous to yourself ak1728, and welcome to P.C
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One doesn’t really need a reason to see a therapist. Plus you do have a lot of stress at the moment. Please don’t hesitate to look for help
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Default Re: "Unusual" reason to see a therapist?

Thanks for all your responses.. very encouraging. I am looking for a therapist in my area and plan to meet with him/her soon. Let's see how it goes.
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