Step 7: See A Licensed Counselor



I cannot stress this enough.  If you are anything like me your walls of dysfunction make Jericho look like the first house in the three little pigs story. I’ve always been a big boy.  I’d been called fat so long that I used to just berate people “playing the dozens” as simple and unimaginative whenever it came out of their mouths.  (Seriously a veritable plethora of issues you could snap on me about and the best you could come up with is hey you’re fat?) In actuality I was never fat as a child, but I stood a whole head above my peers for years and had a build that was suited better for plowing fields as opposed to playing tennis.  But the constant barrage had an effect on me over time.  It hurt my feelings so I built my own ways to cope with it which included being as mean and nasty to people about it as I possibly could. According to the diagnosis criteria laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Approximately one in every five adults (22.1%) suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Be it from bullying and/or abusive home lives, either way today that equates to approximately 66 million individuals.  When it comes to depression the numbers are staggering. Of the twenty one percent of individuals that can be diagnosed with a mental disorder 10% are depressive disorders that affect twice as many women as men.  4 of 10 leading causes of disability in America;  Unipolar Major Depression (1) Bipolar Disorder (6) Schizophrenia (9) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (10) are mental disorders. The deck is stacked against us, but due to social stygmas (“What are you crazy?” is what I heard…alot) we don’t seek the professional help we need. A theme that will return time and time again throughout this book will be a heathy body follows a healthy mind. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone that loves you and wants to see you healthy and happy.