There are times when you may feel overwhelmed by the world around you and that no one seems to understand. You may feel like a burden to family and friends because the problems seem to intensify instead of going away. There are times when speaking with a professional is the best course of action. A therapist can help you understand your feelings and work with you to manage them in a healthy manner. But, this brings up an important question - How do you know when it is time to see a therapist?
Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering whether or not it is time to see a therapist:
1. Have you suffered a trauma?
A death in the family, a breakup, job loss or any other major life change can cause incredibly intense feelings. You may not know how to deal; you may not understand what you are feeling. Therapy will help you get a handle on your emotions, teach you methods of coping, and in time, improve your overall well-being.
2. Are you using a substance to cope?
When weeks feel long and work feels too intense, you may feel like you need a glass of wine to unwind. However, the glass of wine may be turning into bottles and you may feel like you need fewer and fewer reasons to crack one open. If you find you are using a substance of any kind to cope, it may be time to seek therapy. The therapist may be able to pinpoint the reason for this coping mechanism. Keep in mind, the substance can even be food. Stress can cause changes in appetite which is an indication that seeing a therapist might be a good idea.
3. Do you feel disconnected from your favorite activities?
If the things that used to bring you joy now seem like a burden, it might be a good time to speak to a therapist. It may not seem too dire but a disconnection from things that once brought you joy may indicate depression. Speaking to a therapist can help you identify the reasons behind your disillusionment and bring you back to your former self.
4. Are your family and friends showing concern?
You may think everything is fine but those closest to you may have vocalized their concern. If so, it’s probably because they see something you are not able to see about yourself and they are genuinely worried about your well-being. There is no harm or shame in speaking to a therapist. Everything may very well be okay but it is best to be certain.
5. Do you just need someone to talk to?
Therapy is not only for those dealing with stress, depression or a major trauma, it can be for anyone who needs someone to speak to. Chatting with a stranger – who is a professional and skilled listener – can often prove to be highly beneficial.
Mental health should be taken seriously. Therapy should be considered as normal as going to a doctor for a check-up. Whether you have dealt with a major life crisis or simply need someone to decompress with periodically, a therapist can become an important part of your health routine. At Advantage Mental Health Center, we have a team of experienced professionals that are ready to assist you when you are ready. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.