Firstly, there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need therapy. It’s a safe space where you’re able to express your innermost thoughts and feelings without any judgement.
Whether or not you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, people get therapy for many reasons. Therapy can help to boost your confidence and self-esteem, along with help with family or relationship problems.
No matter the reason for you to seek therapy, here are some signs that you need therapy.
If you’re feeling intense emotion that seems unmanageable, you’re most likely feeling overwhelmed. It can affect how you think and also your actions, and may even interfere with your everyday tasks.
Stress, trauma and relationship problems can cause emotional overwhelm which can be helped with therapy.
Struggling with work or studies
Stress or dealing with a mental health disorder can lead to poor work and study performance. When you’re struggling, work can seem overwhelming and add to your stress.
Added stress can cause further mental health decline and anxious thoughts about job stability.
Sleeping a lot or not enough
Not getting enough sleep can lead to negative thinking and cause you emotional distress. This could lead to oversleeping and still feeling tired no matter how much sleep you get.
Sleep issues are very common in people with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD.
Avoiding social contact or relationships
Due to declining mental health, you may withdraw from friends, family, or even your partner.
Therapy can help you by providing you with a safe space to talk about what you’re going through. Healthy friendships and relationships are very important when you’re struggling.
Consuming anxious thoughts
This is when it feels like you have too many thoughts happening all at once, making you feel anxious. Therapy can assist with consuming thoughts. It can help you learn how to accept, challenge and manage your intrusive thoughts in a healthy manner while not allowing them to control you.
Unable to control your emotions
If your mental health is taking a dip, it could cause emotional instability. According to the CDC, a major symptom of people with mood or anxiety disorders is being unable to control your emotions.
Therapy can help those who are struggling with their emotional responses whether it’s on a situational basis or associated with a mental health disorder.
Over or under eating
Emotional eating is common in people who are struggling with their mental health and may lead to over or under eating. Therapy can help those experiencing many mental health challenges which includes disordered eating.
Recently experienced trauma
Therapy can help you to work through trauma, find out what it means to you and help you rebuild your life.
For example, cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on trauma is specifically adapted for post-traumatic stress disorder. It pinpoints current problems and symptoms and targets changing patterns of behaviors, thoughts or feelings that interfere with your daily life.
Grieving is difficult and involves a huge range of emotions. Often, it can feel like you’re feeling all the emotions at once. Grief is normal but if you don’t feel better after a long time or it’s interfering with your daily tasks, it’s time to seek help.
Talking about your grief with a therapist can help you process it and gradually move on.
If you feel hopeless all the time, therapy can help to target your negative thoughts and analyse how valid these thoughts are. It can also help you work through them.
Not caring about anything
When your mental health is suffering, it’s possible to feel apathetic about everything and become easily irritable. Common in people with clinical depression, it’s important to seek immediate help.