Testimonial 1: Counselling works!
I am from an orthodox family. Sometime ago, I was into self-loathing downward spiral. Negativity inside me was infuriating. I was not able to share my negative thoughts with my friends because I was afraid that my image would be damaged and I may lose them. I was too ashamed to go to Counseling Cell because I did not want to see myself as weak.
Nevertheless, I went to counseling cell. There, I was completely free to blurt whatever was bothering me for so long. I shared all my insecurities with the counselor who was very understanding. Counselor helped me to explain my problems to my parents. Though it is very difficult to understand a person in such a short time but the counselor understood my problem quite well. I was advised to go to psychiatrist due to my repetitive chain of thoughts.
Overall counseling was the beginning of my recovery from break-up. For me counseling was the medium for venting out the negativity that was brimming inside me. Now I am very thankful to counselling cell and would like to make it more accessible to students. Visiting a psychotherapist is not a sign of weakness but it is a sign of strength to accept your psychological problems.
While studying one may has to face many financial, academic, family, social, institutional, or any other sorts of issues. I was no different from rest of the mass. I had problems in multiple of these domains e.g. issues with friends, dilemmas for career direction and the very common issue of IIT Roorkee - good placement. Though these were small issues and were manageable. But due to continuous stress and anxiety, I started developing depression, inferiority complex, and isolation.
I was unaware of Counselling Cell and any such facility in the institute. It was one of my senior, with whom I somehow discussed these problems and he arranged an appointment with the counselor Dr. Shikha Jain, without asking me. Prior to this, I had an unsatisfactory experience of the institute hospital so I was highly skeptical of any medical/psychological facility within the college. But, my friend insisted and pushed to go for the appointment. So, I thought to give a try. With heavy heart and mind full of twisting thoughts I went to the counselor. Initially, I hesitated, but within few sessions, I became more comfortable and used to share my problems more freely.
Completely against to my initial intuition and fear, the counselling facility is one of the best things IIT can provide. The counselor gave very practical solutions to my almost virtual problems. She helped me to gain confidence and calmness by suggesting some breathing exercises and outdoor activities. Also, solved my delusions and anxiety regarding career options. It really helped me a lot. Even after so many years from taking counseling, I often recall her suggestions whenever face challenging situations. Many a time, I thank my friend to arrange that appointment and for pushing me to join the meeting. Also, I praise myself to break the ice that day and attend counselling for the first time. Because it really helped me in very critical time when I had to focus on my studies and to shoulder more responsibilities.
As last words, if you have any issues which is costing your precious time and peace of mind. Then, just hold your courage and head to the counseling center. I am sure you will definitely get some solution to your problems. Otherwise, it will not cost you more than missing one episode of Friends or GoT.