Everyone happens to cross periods of stress, sadness, mourning, and conflict situations, and when you feel down it can be difficult to realize that it is time to tackle your problem by approaching a professional. As far as identifying and treating diagnosable mental illnesses is a priority within the psychiatric community, offering psychological help to those who do not have easy identification problems can be equally important. And beyond all that unnecessary suffering, refusing the help of those who are bad can end up even worsening their situation.
Psychologists attribute the low rate of care to stigma and many metropolitan legends connected to the analyst’s figure. Among them the fear that only the “crazy” need psychotherapy, that accepting that aid is a sign of weakness, or that the cures end up consuming a lot of time and money.
And as in some cases the care can actually be very expensive, and are not always considered as other medical care by most health insurance, there are also cheaper options, among which the many universities-related centers , and those psychotherapists who pay [their patients] on the basis of income.
What are those signs that might indicate that it is time for us to set an appointment for us? The key point? It is that it is simply a matter of assessing how much you are able to sustain – everything that makes you feel overloaded or negatively affecting your ability to function falls perfectly within the skills of an analyst, as well as a social worker or of a psychologist.
All the feelings you feel are very intense
Feeling regularly overwhelmed by anger or sadness may indicate a bottom line, but there is another form of intense sensation to keep an eye on: the tendency to be catastrophic. When you have an unexpected problem, do you feel you are immediately inclined to assume that it can only happen and only the worst? This intense form of anxiety, which sees every single cause of concern overwhelmed and treated as if it were the most realistic outcome, can be particularly debilitating.
You’ve suffered a trauma, and it seems you just cannot stop thinking about it
The mourning that follows a loss can affect your daily capacity to work, and even make you portray your friends. If you realize you cannot engage yourself in your life, or if those around you have noticed that you are moving away from them, you may want to talk to someone to skim the way that dramatic event still weighs you. On the other side, there are also people who react to a loss with more manic-like behaviors: a hyper frequency of friends and acquaintances, or an inability to sleep. Even those are signs that it is time to seek the help of a professional.
Try recurrent and inexplicable headaches, stomach upsets, or lower your immune defenses
Research confirms that stress can be manifested through a wide range of physical problems, from chronic stomach ailments to headaches, frequent colds, or a reduced sexual impulse. More unusual reactions have been reported, such as muscle spasms from nothingness (i.e. not following intense physical exercise) or neck pain may also indicate an accumulation of stress or an emotional discomfort.
To deal with your problem you are using some substance
If you find yourself drinking or using chemicals more or more frequently – or thinking more often about drinking or taking drugs – they may all be signals that you would like to attenuate the feelings you should face.
That substance could also be the food itself. As observes, changes in appetite could be a further signal that not everything is going the right way. Whether eating too much or not wanting to eat may be a sign that a person is facing a stressful situation or is confronted in a conflicting way with respect to the desire to take care of himself.
Your job results are getting worse
Among those who are confronted with emotional or psychological issues, a change in the quality of their work performance is commonplace. You might feel far away from your job, though maybe once made you feel happy. Along with changes in concentration and attention, you may receive negative feedback from your superiors or colleagues, indicating a deterioration in the quality of your work. And this too may be a sign that it’s time to talk to a professional.
You feel distant from all the activities you first loved to play
If you feel that the locals you love to attend, meetings with friends and family gatherings have lost that joy they once aroused, it may be a sign that something is wrong.
Your reports are going through a difficult time
Do you find it difficult to communicate how you feel really – or just to understand it first in the first place? If you feel unhappy regularly how much you report to people you love, according to Alvord, you might have come up with the right time for family or couple therapy.
Your friends have told you they feel worried
Sometimes friends are able to observe behaviors that are difficult to perceive from within, so it is worth taking into consideration the point of view of those around us.