There’s still a lot of stigma around seeking therapy. Fortunately, many people are feeling more comfortable about being open about therapy and therefore making it easier for others to admit when they need to seek therapy. Life happens to all of us and sometimes it feels a lot heavier to carry than normal. Even with a strong support group of friends and family, it’s still possible to need therapy. If you’re struggling with trying to decide whether or not therapy could help you, here are four signs.
1. Not feeling like yourself
If you’re feeling sad, angry, or otherwise hopeless for an extended period of time can be a sign that therapy would be beneficial. Things, like eating more or less than normal, over-sleeping or not sleeping enough, are other signs as well. If these feelings are making it difficult to enjoy your life or if you’re losing interest in things that you once enjoyed, therapy will help you gain some control back.
2. Abusing drugs, alcohol, or food to cope
Turning to any substance can be an indicator that you need additional help. If you feel that you’re unable to control these impulses to use drugs, alcohol, food, or sex to cope with, then therapy can help. Therapy can help you develop or fine-tune your coping skills.
3. You’re experiencing a major life change
From a big move to a major career transition or a loss in your life can cause you uncontrollable sadness. The grief process is long and a bit arduous and you don’t have to do it alone. Therapy can help you talk things out, identify positive coping methods, and help you get out of your head and get back on your feet. The support of an expert can do wonder in comparison to that of your friends or family.
4. You no longer enjoy the things you used to
This is one of the major indicators of depression. If you’ve stopped doing things you enjoy or finding joy in the things that you do, you may need a counselor. This is a major red flag that something is amiss in your life. An expert counselor can help you identify the root issue and point you to positive coping methods.
Therapy and counseling is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone experiences traumas, loss, changes, and more in life and not all of those are easy to carry alone. Our counselors can help you learn positive coping methods, as well as learn to identify sooner when you’re slipping into a negative headspace. Whether you’ve been considering therapy for awhile or not, give us a call today to schedule an appointment. Your first appointment
Whether you’ve been considering therapy for awhile or not, give us a call today to schedule an appointment. Your first appointment can help you talk out and identify what is going on in your life and where the root cause of the feeling “off” is coming from.