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re: Be careful with contemplation. Depending on your personality-type, introspection can lead you further down the spiral. For some, the better tack is...

Are you referring to contemplation alone, without guidance? Yeah, that could be trouble.

But in the long term, contemplation of some sort is the only way you'll identify and resolve whatever mental habits might be making things harder on yourself. No one else can tell you what's going on in your own mind. But you can best get something out of that type of contemplation by talking with someone who can help guide you through trouble. Therapy was essential, for me.

Keeping yourself occupied and distracted can be useful, temporarily. But it's not a long-term strategy.

Success with therapy is at least as dependent on the patients' proclivities as the practitioners' skills. Trying to find a compatible therapist - let alone one that can actually prove helpful - can be harder than finding a GP that you can work with. Difference is, if a GP is incompatible, it doesn't tend to exacerbate the underlying problems.

Plus, like medication, seeking out the help of a therapist can close off some avenues of employment (some industries will immediately distrust someone that's actively undergoing or has undergone treatment - whether just talk or prescribed-chemical).

Hopefully people will value their own mental health over the prejudices of a potential employer.

As for a GP not exacerbating underlying problems, that depends on the GP.

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