Do you feel anxious over little things? Stressed all day long for no reason?
Do you need professional help from a therapist or a Mental Health Counselor? Here’s everything you need to know to make a decision. Let us give you an insight into mental health, issues with mental health, the signs of mental health problems, and the benefits of therapy.
What is Mental Health?
It is defined as the state of your psychological, social, and emotional wellness. It is all about how you think, feel and act in your life. How do you handle your life situations, stress, work, relationships, and decision-making?
If your mental health is good, then it seems that everything is working well for you. But if it is affected, it not only influences you; but everything and everyone around you. Also, it can result in physical illness.
10 signs you need therapy
- Loss of a loved one: Losing someone dear to you can leave you shattered and suffering for a long time. It’s okay to grieve, but the problem starts when you can’t let the sadness go and it affects your life and work and disturbs your mental health. Seek help from a psychologist to help you recover from the loss.
- You’re having trouble sleeping (you sleep way too much or too little): Sleep can affect your brain and body. Also, sleep and mental health are connected- people with ADHD, anxiety and depression have sleep disorders. If you have been unable to sleep these past few weeks, or you have been too sleepy all the time and unable to get up and get out of your bed, you need to talk to a therapist. Therapy can help you get to the root of your sleep problems, manage the mental disorders affecting your sleep, and improve your sleep.
- You’re avoiding getting out: Work, job, family issues, fights, relationship issues, etc., can make you choose to isolate yourself. You don’t want to talk with family, friends, or colleagues anymore. This social- isolation can lead you to have stress, less sleep, depression, and anxiety. Therapy helps you deal with stress and anxiety, fixing the issues with your mental health that get in the way of your social life.
- You can’t control your emotions: According to research by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), if you are unable to control your emotions it is a major symptom of mood or anxiety disorders. Being an emotional person doesn’t mean that you can’t control your emotions. If your emotions start getting in the way of your life, therapy might help you gain more control over how you feel. Research shows that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective to manage your emotions better.
- Problems at work: An overload of work and working for long hours can make you stressed or depressed, which can be harmful to your mental and physical health. If you notice that your work is getting harder than usual, degrading your performance, and you are unhappy at work- therapy is the necessary step to take. It helps to deal with your mental problems like stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Your eating habits/patterns have changed: Changes in your eating habits (either you start eating more or way less) can have a connection to your mental health. When you feel stressed, sad, or depressed it affects your mental state, which leads to unusual eating. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, if you have noticed disturbances in your eating patterns, you might have an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Talking to a therapist can help you recover from eating disorders and help you live a healthier life.
- You have been overwhelmed by a recent trauma: Traumatic events can lead you to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which has symptoms like flashbacks, emotional numbness, sleep troubles, and irritation. People think that only those who serve in the military have PTSD, but that is not true. It can happen to anyone. Natural disasters, accidents, and physical or sexual assault can lead to PTSD. Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the best way to cope with PTSD.
- Losing interest in the activities you previously enjoyed: Losing interest in your favorite activities over time is natural, but if you don’t replace it with a new hobby or sport then there’s something to worry about. It may be sadness, anxiety, or depression that’s keeping you from living your life to the fullest. By taking therapy, you can recover from mental problems that have made you lose interest in your favorite things and activities.
- You’re feeling Hopeless & Dejected: Feeling hopeless is a sign of depression. If you think that you are depressed, it is better to seek help as fast as you can. If left untreated, it may lead to suicidal thoughts or self-harming behavior. According to a report by the National Institute of Mental Health, death by suicide is the second leading cause of death (among people 10-34 years of age) from 2011 to 2020. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
- Anxious thoughts are consuming you: Many people have a habit of worrying for no reason and overthinking. But if you reach a point where your thoughts start taking over your daily life, then it is a sign of mental health conditions like [PTSD and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)]. If you feel that your thoughts are stopping you from leading a full life, talk to a therapist- they can help to control your thoughts and take control of your life.
Many of these things happen to us from time to time, but if they start to disable you – it’s a sign that you need help.
Benefits of taking Therapy
- Therapy can help you in coping and dealing with things in a healthy and constructive manner.
- You can rely on your therapist to provide comfort and help you feel better.
- Therapy helps you to maintain a good or healthy relationship with others.
- It helps you get over and heal your past trauma.
Keep in mind that taking therapy doesn’t mean that you are broken. It means that you understand that for a healthy and successful life, a healthy mind is essential.
If you want advice or help, schedule an appointment with us now: Doral Health & Wellness Behavioral Health Services.