Going in to see a therapist should be as common and routine as your yearly physical or gynecological checkup. How do you know if something isn’t normal unless you consult a professional? The point of checking in with your health care professional is to catch thing early, to make sure you are healthy, inside and out.

The weather is perfect. I’m working from home. I had a wonderful breakfast out with my husband and youngest son. Yet, despite this, I am depressed. I am sad. Two amazing people are gone from this world. This week one of my favorite fashion designers committed suicide. And this morning I get up and the first news to start my day is Anthony Bourdain.

When are we going to wake up and put mental health at the forefront? People are going out and mass murdering people before killing themselves. Seemingly happy successful people are hanging themselves.

Throughout history, society has been plagued by duplicity. People live their life in public and another life in private. The Romantic Gothic novel emerged from this rift during the Romantic Period. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personified this and exposed the underbelly of Victorian life in the emergence of the Industrial Revolution. From here, German Expressionism was born and evolved, diverging into horror and noir. From the birth of film, we began to visualize this duplicity. In films like Fritz Lang’s M, men live a secret life in which they indulge their secret desires. Hiding in dark corners, in secret places we indulge, we succumb.

During the late 1800’s, mental health professionals were referred to as “alienists.” A term which evokes an unworldly intangible. Physical ailments have a visible manifestation whether through wounds or fever. It was real. Mental health, to the layman, exists in the ether which leads to skepticism, denial, apathy.

It amazes me that in this day and technological age, we still marginalize mental health. We use it to stigmatize, insult and demean others.

With the rise of autism, depression and addiction, you’d think we would have figured it out by now. Mental health is a real thing. And it’s ok. It’s NORMAL. We all need to take it seriously.

You can start by making an appointment.