• Julie Busler


“People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control”

(American Psychiatric Association).

There were many years that I suffered in silence and didn’t have to. I knew psychiatrists existed, but my struggling mind could always justify not seeking one out. Like....

• Psychiatrists are only for crazy people • Maybe I’m making up how serious my dark thoughts are • How do I even know if I need one?

One of my regrets is not seeing a psychiatrist earlier. I was also scared to see a secular psychiatrist because I thought “they can’t fully understand me if they don’t know how my faith plays into my beliefs.” But out of necessity since I was overseas, I have seen psychiatrists that could not be more different than me morally or religiously, yet have saved my life through their knowledge of science.

“Because they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient's physical and mental state. Their education and clinical training equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses and the relationships with genetics and family history, to evaluate medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to work with patients to develop treatment plans”

(American Psychiatric Association).

There are things that might be contributing to your mood that can be fixed with vitamins or lifestyle changes. It was a psychiatrist that discovered my vitamin D and iron were dangerously low. It was also a psychiatrist that found through labs that I was deficient in vitamin B12 and that I had hypothyroidism. Our bodies are complex and there are many things that could be affecting your mood other than mental illness. Yes, I still live with mental illness, but part of my care is making sure my body is healthy as well as my brain.

If you’ve been reluctant to see a psychiatrist, yet struggle and know it’s time to get help, I recommend reaching out and making an appointment. Psychiatrists have helped stabilize my body and mind so that I can better pursue Jesus and His Word which is how true transformation happens

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