If you feel like you need help, but everyone insists you’re fine and won’t help, what do you do?

Recently, I have often grappled with the answer to this question. As someone struggling through a difficult field, embracing unconstructive coping mechanisms and throwing temporary solutions at impossible standards day after day, I sometimes fail to recognize that medical school is a stressful and demanding journey. Even more often, I fail to ask for help.

Life is an inherently emotional journey and your personal experiences are just that: personal, your own perspective. If those around you insist that how you feel is normal and refuse to help you overcome your struggles, there are other avenues to ask for help: through your school, your friends, your parents.

So, if there is one thing that I can offer today, it is a new perspective: There is nothing bad about feeling bad. It is okay to ask for help, and to keep asking until you get it. And there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.