Overcoming Depression And Suicidal Feelings?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Shrink is indeed a term used generally in America and refers to both psychiatrists and psychologists. Based on some of the information you have, some say that this term first appeared in 1940, some say that it first appeared in 1966.
Until now, the word shrink is still used as an informal or informal language to describe psychiatrists and psychologists for a variety of reasons. Some say that it originated from the word headshrinker or head shrink, because the psychotherapy process carried out by psychologists and psychiatrists is compared to the tribal process in which they shrink the heads of their enemies. It is also said that the use of this term is related to the purpose of their work which minimizes the problems that exist in their heads (thoughts). Another opinion states that this has something to do with the psychological theory, the 'id-ego-superego', and what is diminished here is the excessive 'ego' and is considered the source of the problem of the mind.
However, shrink is essentially a non-formal term for psychiatrists and psychologists, and not as separate professions. The reasons vary, and each person may believe their own opinion but shrink is only an informal designation, such as mentioning nyokap in Indonesian to replace the word 'Ibu'. Professionals working in this field are still only psychologists or psychiatrists, both outside and inside the country. Meanwhile for psychiatrists, this term in Indonesia refers more to psychiatrists.
So regarding your question, if you feel there is a problem with your feelings or thoughts, be it in the form of depression, suicidal thoughts or so on, then the best advice is to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. Both professions will not feel a problem if you want to talk to them about life or the problems you have, especially if these problems have made you encounter obstacles in living your social or everyday life.
No need to hesitate because it's part of their job. Likewise, if you feel chest pain and go to a cardiologist, if in the end after the examination you only get stomach acid, it is not your fault.
Your psychiatrist or psychologist will later try to judge from your story whether an abnormality is true, and may advise you to undergo psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, or take certain medications if necessary. So, hopefully it answers your question.