We point this out because irrational thinking is exactly what we try to target in psychotherapy. What’s worse, is that irrational thinking does not merely develop overnight. There is a fairly lengthy window of opportunity with which people can intervene before these irrational thoughts cause declines in functioning so severe that in the case of far too many kids, it’s too late.
Here’s the big question. Why wait until catastrophic problems develop before we take action? We don’t do this in medicine. We go to see the doctor every year for a checkup with the reasoning that if we can catch medical problems early we can prevent a multitude of suffering later on. But in psychology we are still paralyzed with inaction. We are still completely reactive as a society to mental health issues.
There is only one solution, and that is regular mental health checkups. The cost of anything less is the continue loss of life and the devastation thereof. Pursuit of Happiness is a leader in mental health checkups. But we need more schools and organizations to work with us. Unfortunately most schools are living in the dark ages with regards to mental health. That’s where we need your support. If things are ever going to change, society has to start demanding solutions. Call your school. Call your place of worship. Call anyone who takes care of your kids and demand that they implement these types of programs. And call us, before it’s too late…