Are you asking yourself whether you should visit to your mental health specialist? Then chances are you are facing some kind of discomfort or symptoms that isn’t allowing you to live your regular life or interfering with your inner peace.
The decision to see a mental health specialist can often feel like a big step as opening up to a stranger can feel scary and invasive, but recognition of the problem is the first step. Mental health issues come in different forms. Some may experience anxiety disorders, depression, while some may fall victim to obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders.
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The severity and type of these symptoms can vary from person to person. Here we discuss several signs that indicate professional help will be beneficial. This list will not be complete, but it can help you assess your next steps.
Worrying Too Much or Extreme Anxiety
Some amount of worry or anxiety-like the one you experience right before your job interview, is normal and healthy. However, when this anxiety causes disruptions in your day-to-day activities, it becomes a problem. Clinical anxiety is defined as having constant fear, restlessness, and worry when it is unnecessary. When you seek help from a mental health professional, they will help you with talk therapy or medication or a combination of both. Anxiety can sometimes worsen over time. Therefore, it is essential to seek help at the right time.
Finding It Hard to Adjust to Life Changes
Life is in a constant state of change. However, certain change can be stressful and very difficult to cope with. Changes like losing a job or losing a loved one can often cause stress enough to disrupt your coping mechanisms. Such major changes in life can cause headaches, sleep loss, extreme anxiety or other symptoms. When facing such distraught, it is better to seek help from a mental health specialist who can help you work towards developing new mechanisms to deal with stress and teach you new stress-reducing tactics.
Depression is a common disorder characterized by constant feelings of sadness, irritability and hopelessness. Though people without depression also experience these emotions; however, people diagnosed with depression can experience these symptoms for at least two weeks and wreak havoc in their daily life. People diagnosed with depression do not often reach out for help due to feelings of hopelessness. These feelings make it difficult for them to visualize a brighter future and seek help. But, these thoughts are often born from the depression as the reality is that depression is often highly treatable.
It is normal and natural to have a fear of snakes and spiders and other things. In some ways, evolution primes people to be fearful of dangerous things. But, when one suffers from a phobia he or she has excessive reactions to the source of fear and disrupt their daily activities. People suffering from phobias know their reaction to the fear is excessive and irrational, but they do not have control over it. Here, a specialist can help you with a treatment plan that can aid in reducing its impact on your life.
Everyone experiences mood swings, but experiencing unexplained mood swings might be a sign of a mental illness. Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder where people experience extreme highs and lows in their moods. They can feel extremely happy at one moment and extremely sad during another period. These period typically last a few days to weeks. In between, one may feel relatively normal or euthymic. A therapist can help you become more aware and insightful of your emotional state and a psychiatrist is often able to help with mood stabilizers or other helpful medications.
People who find it difficult to cope with emotions might seek comfort in drugs, alcohol, food and other substances. One can be diagnosed with addiction when they find it difficult to control its consumption or use despite its harmful nature. Therapists can help one gain insight through talk therapy and help change behavior to be yield positive results.
When going through severe distress or mood shifts, often one can experience suicidal thoughts. Things may feel helpless, hopeless and permanent. If you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm, you should seek professional help immediately.
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Speaking with a mental health professional will help you gain insight around your struggles and can help develop a treatment plan to address your needs. Here at Thriving Lane we address the whole person through a combination of evidence based psychotherapy, nutritional psychiatry, mind body and other holistic tools. At Thriving Lane, our licensed therapists will partner with you to help you achieve your best self.
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