There are moments in life where we experience depression, stress, and anxiety. It can be difficult to know when these are “normal” reactionary emotions and when they become chronic conditions. The act of finding a therapist can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are unsure if you need therapy.
Many often argue that anyone can benefit from therapy sessions. Yet, there are some who specifically need therapy for their mental illness. It can be hard to tell if you, yourself have a mental illness. One of the easiest indicators that your mental health is at risk is when everything feels intense to you. When intense emotions do not go away and they begin to impair or alter your ability to function on a daily basis, it is a good indication that it is time to visit a therapist.
Grief is a powerful emotion that, in many cases, cannot be processed alone. If you find that the death of a loved one or a breakup is taking a long time to process emotionally, it may be a good idea to begin to start looking for a therapist. Everyone reacts differently to grief as well. Some react by distancing themselves from other relationships while some react by being overly engaged with friends and acquaintances during their grieving period. Both are strong indications that you should begin to seek professional guidance.
Another major symptom that suggests you may need a therapist is if your mental and or emotional state is influencing your physical health. Recurring headaches, stomach aches, and a generally weak immune system can be directly related to one’s mental health.
One of the most classic ways to cope with mental and emotional stress is with a substance. If you find yourself drinking or using drugs in excessive quantities to cope with emotions, it may be time to seek out professional help. Alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs are accessible and are band-aid solutions to actually coping with the actual issues.
Seeking out a therapist when you are a person with depression and or anxiety can be an overwhelming task but it is the best way to set yourself up with authentic, customized coping skills based on your situation and mental health state.