How To Know When It’s Time To Start Seeing A Therapist
Are you wondering how to know when it is time to start seeing a therapist? Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the thoughts or feelings that we are having are normal. Knowing when to seek professional help can be a challenge. Here are a few signs that it might be a good time to make that first appointment to talk to a professional:
- Your psychological health is starting to affect your physical health.
Physical aches and pains such as stomach aches or headaches can sometimes stem from mental health related issues. It is always best to visit a doctor to rule out any medical problems first. If there are no known medical issues, your doctor may recommend that you meet with a therapist. Depression, anxiety, and stress can present themselves in physical symptoms, and working with a therapist can help you start to feel better.
- Your symptoms are starting to get in the way of your everyday life.
Some common symptoms of mental health issues that you may see in your everyday life could be difficulty focusing, having a hard time controlling your emotions, or decreased productivity. If your stress, anxiety, or depression is preventing you from completing your day to day responsibilities, it could be a good idea to talk to a professional.
- Your sleep schedule is off.
Struggling to fall asleep at night? Sleeping way more than you should be? Insomnia and oversleeping are both symptoms related to our overall mental health. Talking to a therapist can help you work through some of your issues and get your sleep schedule back on track.
- You are frequently using unhealthy ways to cope.
Sometimes when we have negative thoughts and hard emotions we can start to cope with them in unhealthy ways. Some examples of this could be excessive drinking or oversleeping. Avoiding your problems can sometimes make them worse. If you notice yourself trying to avoid the hard things in life by using unhealthy coping methods, it could be a good time to seek help.
- Your emotional state is starting to impact your relationships.
When your emotions are all over the place it can take a toll on the relationships in your life. You could be feeling distant, quick to anger, or just not like yourself. When you are not feeling your best it can be hard to put energy into your relationships. Seeing a therapist is a good way to improve your mental health and help you improve your relationships.
If you aren’t sure if you should see a therapist or not, it will never hurt to give it a try. Speaking with a mental health professional doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you. It takes so much strength to reach out for help. If you can relate to any of these experiences we recommend reaching out to a therapist near you.
Connections Family Wellness uses a collaborative approach to create individualized plans for each of our clients. We are now taking clients in Logan, Utah and South Jordan Utah. Call to set up your initial appointment with us today! (801) 871-5118