Mental health stigma remains a significant issue in Pakistan. Many people in Pakistan, as in other countries, often associate mental health conditions with shame or weakness. This stigma can deter individuals from seeking help and support, leading to untreated mental health issues. Efforts have been made to raise awareness and reduce stigma through education and advocacy, but it’s still a prevalent issue that needs ongoing attention and change in societal attitudes.

Moreover, the lack of empathy by doctors also add to the dilemma. An individual who often tries to seek support is either met with unsupportive families or ends up in the hands of doctors who know nothing better. If cultural norms, stigmatization, and lack of awareness weren’t enough, add poor counseling and lack of sensitivity shown by the doctors are something that majorly refrains people from going to counseling.

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A Pakistani’s Experience 

A psychologist who is meant to be a safe space often ends up traumatizing the patient even more. Such an incident was shared by a Twitter user on her social media where a lack of support by her doctor led her to stop seeking therapy.

Here’s what she had to say about her experience.

The response to her tweet was met with significant support and many users shared their own experiences.

However, some users also reflected the mental capacity of such doctors by spewing hate on social media. Disregarding the struggle and the need to seek support, some of these tweets downright show what’s wrong with our society.

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