On the eve of Psychologists’ Day, which is celebrated on November 22, the Zdorovye Mail.ru website (UK project) conducted a survey and found out how Russians deal with psychological help, what is important for them when choosing a specialist and how they deal with stress.
It turned out that only 28% of the respondents had ever used psychological services, 6% of them had or underwent long-term psychotherapy (more than two months), and 19% turned to a psychologist or psychotherapist once – to get a solution to a specific request. The remaining respondents (4%) attended several psychological sessions (the therapy lasted less than two months), which explains why a small number of sessions is sufficient for them.
The vast majority (72%) of Russians have never turned to such specialists. At the same time, 60% of Russians surveyed in general extremely rarely consume psychological content or are not interested in it at all.
According to the survey, the majority of Russians believe they have no mental health problems. 66% of those who completed the questionnaire have no problems with personal boundaries – it is easy for them to refuse others. 53% admitted that they love themselves and have no self-esteem issues.
The most common reason (27.4%) for avoiding psychological help turned out to be that the respondents do not think they have any problems in this area. In second place (17.2%) is the disbelief that emotional problems can be solved. And on the third (14.8%) – the inability to afford a trip to a psychologist / psychotherapist due to financial difficulties. Only 1.5% of the respondents are afraid of stigmatization in connection with contacting specialists.
In turn, the most common reason for contacting a psychologist or psychotherapist is anxiety and depression. This was reported by 31% of respondents. Also, 11% of Russians asked for help because of low self-esteem. An equal percentage (10%) scored reasons as violent relationships and the loss of a loved one.
Almost 33% of Russians, when choosing a specialist, assess his education and experience. But the sex of the psychologist/psychotherapist doesn’t matter – 62% of the respondents indicated this.
In terms of self-help, the majority (23%) of respondents are helped by being alone. A slightly smaller number of people (17%) meet up with friends more often at difficult times. Unfortunately, there are people (and there are a lot of them – 14%) who prefer to drown out problems with alcohol or other addictions.