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Do I really need a therapist? This is a very common question people ask, simply because most individuals aren’t sure when they should, or if they should, seek help.
Mental health professionals, such as therapists, are equipped to evaluate and create a healthy achievable customized plan, which will help you overcome a myriad of personal hurdles. They are knowledgeable and skilled in analyzing behavioral changes that may stem from various life decisions and or circumstances. It is never too soon to seek mental professional help. In fact, being assessed early on can help prevent or avoid many devastating circumstances and prepare you for certain situations simply because you will have been advised and guided by said professional.
For many people, it can be intimidating to attend therapy. Despite the stigma of discussing personal issues with a mental health professional, or seeing a shrink, there is a very critical need for mental and emotional intervention in this country. In America, there is more than 42 million people that have been diagnosed with mental illnesses and most of them either don’t believe they need help or don’t have access to the appropriate services.
There’s no denying that we all go through trials and rough seasons throughout life. However, when should we consider actively seeking out help? How do we identify or acknowledge the moment that therapy is the right answer? First off, I want you to completely throw out the myth that, “Only crazy people need therapy”. In all actuality and honesty, every single human being could benefit from one on one or group therapy sessions; either regularly or occasionally. We are all in need of support from time to time, regardless of the current mental or emotional state. It is a very healthy and liberating action to discuss both good and bad situations that occur.
We are not only able to discover new things about ourselves and our situations, but in speaking to a therapist, we are able to see new perspective and learn from our past, while also overcoming any hurdles that prevent us from moving forward. Speaking to someone that encourages and uplifts you can inspire you to take that risk and or prepare you to take the next step in your life. Below is a list of some common reasons as to why it might be a good idea to seek professional help.
1) Depression – A severe lack of interest in daily life activities that greatly affects one’s mood. It not only affects the individual person but can trickle into the lives of loved ones as well. There are many levels of severity.
2) Anxiety – A rational or irrational stress or nervousness that stems from a potential situation. In most cases, the situation has an unknown outcome. There are many levels and branches of anxiety.
3) Marriage / Relationships – These are conflicts that most often arise in an intimate relationship. Any relationship with 2 or more people have various perspectives, view points, and personalities, which can ultimately affect one another, resulting in a variety of complications. There are many levels of severity and most often involve more than one person.
4) Life Events – Life issues, surprises, situations, complications, and a general need for an outside perspective and advice. This is a general discussion about life and involve trouble shooting and problem solving.
5) Grieving – The handling of a death or other emotional issues that causes sorrow and sadness. This is not limited to death but can most often be a result of a loss of some sort. There are many levels of severity.
6) Trauma & Abuse – A disturbing and very distressful situation either caused by something physical, mental, or emotional. There are many branches and levels of severity.
7) Addiction – The act of being completely dependent on a particular thing, a certain type of substance, or an activity. This addiction not only effects the person who is addicted but also loved ones around them. This has a wide range of severities; however, addiction, in itself, can be severe because it involves immersing oneself in that particular thing, without taking others into consideration.
8) Health Issues / Mental Disorders – Physical and mental limitations that may take a toll on the mental or emotion state or general daily life. Depending on the severity of the particular health condition or mental disorder, it could have a significant impact on overall wellbeing which can cause debilitating results.
9) Support or Coping – This can be in a group setting or one on one and is usually the need to adapt to current conditions that may or may not change. These situations have no limitations and are created for people without judgement. They are also created to help people realize that they aren’t alone and there are ways to live with or through certain conditions.
10 ) Self-Exploration – Either due to a bad situation or good situation, this is specifically to assist individuals who need to take a deeper look into their own lives and assess their actions and decision making. This can be valuable, in an endless amount of situations, and can create a sense of self awareness and realization of one’s potential.
If you are hesitant about taking the first step toward seeking help from a therapist, you need to know that you should never, nor do you have to, let an irrational fear rob you of your joy! Be bold and courageous. Recognize that your mental state, and overall wellbeing, affects those around you as well as your future. There are so many reasons to speak to a therapist, as stated above, even if you are happy and healthy.
To seek counseling on a particular situation or ask for advice about a big opportunity, can bring about great insight and help you visualize your life from an outside perspective. Admitting that you need therapy is, in itself, an act of strength and displays your deep desire to live a full life. Asking for help means that you value your life and the lives of those around you; fear and pride are no longer dictate your decision making. I’m here to tell you that you are valuable and completely worthy of a happy, fulfilling life.