Do I Need Therapy? (13 Signs It’s Time To See Someone)

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Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S have a mental illness? That feels like a lot of us, however I also feel like that number is only growing every single day.

Taking care of your mental self-care has never been more important, and there is one big thing you can do to help take care of your mental health and that is going to therapy.

Before I begin I just want to say that I know therapy is not for everyone. However, over the years it becomes even more normalized and I really love that and think it is very important. Everyone should be comfortable seeking help if they need it, and everyone should be able to discuss their own struggles if they feel comfortable doing so. You never know who you may be helping in the process.

Yesterday I posted about my personal experience with therapy, but for those that didn’t read it I really do believe that everyone should at least go to therapy once a year for a mental health check-up just like we do for our physical health.

But if you have never experienced therapy before, how do you know if therapy is something you actually need or could benefit from?

12 signs that you need therapy

1) You are experiencing overwhelm

Everyone knows what it feels like to be stressed out by things you have going on in your life. Trying to balance work, school, relationships, children, housework, and a social life can feel next to impossible.

However, overwhelm was personally my biggest sign that I needed help. When I started to have panic attacks at work, I knew it was time I reach out to someone and get some help.

The thought of adding one more tiny task onto my plate was causing me to experience extreme overwhelm and burnout, and if this is the same for you, it could be a sign that you need to speak to someone.

2) You feel depressed or anxious

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression, such as decreased motivation, difficulty sleeping, or decreased appetite, it would be a good idea to reach out to someone for help.

3) You have trouble controlling your emotions

Everyone experiences a wide arrange of emotions on a daily basis, however, if these emotions start to get out of our control, like for example we can no longer control our anger, or we are crying and sad all of the time, or our reaction is disproportional for the situation, this is a sign we might need to see a therapist.

4) You are withdrawing from your life

Many people like to spend time alone. Introverts especially need even more alone time than usual. However, if you find that you are pulling away from activities, places, or people that you usually enjoy, this could be a sign that something bigger is going on

5) You are sleeping too little or too much

If you find you are suddenly experiencing extreme fatigue and are sleeping more than you normally would, it could be a sign that you have a physical illness and should see a doctor, but it can also be a symptom of depression or other mental illnesses.

Not being able to sleep, on the other hand, can also be an issue and can have a negative effect on your mental health.

6) You are struggling at work

When you are having a hard time at work, it can make any problems you might be going through worse. There tends to be a lot of increased pressure when it comes to work stress, as your livelihood can literally depend on how you react, or how well you control your emotions, or handle stress, at work.

If you start to notice that things just aren’t right at your job anymore, therapy might be able to help.

7) You’ve experienced trauma

Therapy is a great tool to help people that have been through trauma begin to process it in a healthy way.

People used to think of trauma as something that only soldiers, or assault victims struggle with, however, all sorts of different things that we experience in our lives can cause trauma.

Dealing with trauma and getting help is the first step to getting better and being happy.

8) You are going through a big life change

Going through something like a divorce, or moving to a new city or country, or even a job change can all be reasons to want to seek some help.

And there is nothing wrong with that. Therapists can help to make any transition you might be going through so much smoother.

Who wouldn’t want to make things easier on themselves if they had the chance?

9) Worry is eating you alive

This is something else I have personally struggled with, but if you can’t seem to stop worrying about things that are happening in your life, you can’t seem to shut off your brain, or your mind keeps jumping to the worst-case scenario, it could be time to consider therapy.

Therapy can help people learn how to manage their racing thoughts and take back control.

10) You feel hopeless

This is also a big symptom of depression, but if your thoughts and feelings start to become increasingly negative, and it is hard to see the good in anything, this is a sign that you need to speak to a professional about what is going on.

11) You are grieving

Overcoming grief can be a long and painful process, especially if you are trying to do it all alone.

Having someone to speak to, like a trained therapist, can be such a helpful tool in your healing process.

12) Your physical health is suffering

If you are struggling with problems with your physical health, like a sudden diagnosis, or a chronic illness, therapy can be great for helping you to process or deal with what you are going through.

Also, some people seem to not consider the fact that our physical and mental health are connected, so getting therapy could actually help to improve physical symptoms, or sometimes we might think we have a physical illness, but it could actually be something to do with our mental health.

13) You are using unhealthy coping mechanisms

When you find yourself reaching out for unhealthy coping mechanisms, like drugs, alcohol, or food, to deal with your emotions, this is a big sign that it could be time to reach out for some help.

A therapist will not only listen to you, but they can help you replace those unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthier coping skills and tools.

As you can tell above I am a big advocate for therapy. I am so happy that more and more people are starting to see it for the tool, and self-improvement tool, that it really is. I think of therapy as just one more tool or resource in box of becoming the best and healthiest version of myself!

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