• Neil Colvin

When You Should Seek Mental Health Therapy

Updated: Oct 28


A therapist and a client meeting online for a therapy session.
Online therapy is a quicker way to get help.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but we often don't pay enough attention to it. For example, if you're feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, then it's time to seek help. Here are some signs that show that you should probably see a therapist:


You're struggling with a loss.

You're not alone if you're struggling with a loss. Loss is a normal part of life, but it can still be a difficult experience to go through. A loss can be any type of trauma or loss that causes you pain and grief. The following are some examples of common types of losses:

  • Death (loss of a loved one)

  • Divorce/separation

  • Job loss/layoff

  • Home foreclosure or eviction from your apartment

  • Health issues affecting your ability to work full-time, stay at home with children, etc. (or those affecting someone you love)

A major life change has happened.

  • You've lost a loved one.

  • You're going through a divorce.

  • You've been diagnosed with a serious illness (such as cancer).

  • Your spouse has left you for another person.


Anxious man talking with his therapist.
Anxiety is a crushing weight to carry around.

You're feeling overly anxious.

If you’re feeling anxious, it’s important to note that anxiety is a universal human experience. It's a normal response to stress and can be used as a tool for survival. Anxiety can be beneficial if it helps you perform well on an exam or ace an interview. However, when your anxiety starts interfering with your ability to function at home or in school—or if you're feeling unusually nervous all the time—it may be time to talk with someone about what's going on.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States: 40 million adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder each year. And while anxiety disorders often occur alongside or after other mental health conditions (such as depression), they can also exist alone. If this sounds like something that applies to you, consider seeking help from a qualified therapist who specializes in treating both depression and other types of mood disorders as well as issues related specifically toward helping people deal with stressful life events involving relationships between family members, work environments and personal finances.


You're having trouble controlling your anger.

An angry woman walking alone down the street.
Your anger can have physical effects on you and make others avoid your presence.

Anger is a normal emotion. In fact, it's one of the most common emotions we feel in our lives and it can be a healthy outlet for some people; however, for others anger becomes destructive. Anger can lead to a cycle of negative thoughts that spiral out of control, causing physical harm to yourself or others around you. When this happens it can lead to loss of relationships and even loss of control over your life due to your inability to stop the cycle once it starts.

If these are symptoms that you're experiencing then counseling might be right for you!


You rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress.

A super fatty sandwich that you shouldn't eat.
Bad eating habits just mask the psychological issues.

  • You rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress.

Everyone has their bad habits, but if you find yourself constantly turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse or food binging when you're feeling overwhelmed by life's stresses, it could be time to consider therapy. Often times we try to self-medicate our emotions because we don't have the words or know how to vocalize them, but this can become destructive in the long run. Instead of using these negative actions as a way of dealing with your emotions, seek out other methods that can help you cope such as exercise, journaling or talking with a friend about what's bothering you instead of isolating yourself from others who care about you - even if it seems embarrassing at first!

  • You feel like there is no end in sight when it comes to your mental health struggles

If there are certain challenges that seem impossible for you and your family member/friend/colleague etc., then therapy might be right for them too! When people feel like there’s no hope left and they have exhausted all possible options available through different treatments such as medication alone (with little success) then therapy may offer new insight into their problems which could lead toward better outcomes overall especially if they work together with their therapist toward goals set during sessions while also focusing on making changes within themselves outside those sessions too (exercising regularly).


Your thoughts are more negative than positive.

Your thoughts are more negative than positive.

If you find yourself thinking a lot of negative thoughts, it could be a sign of depression or anxiety. It can also be related to stress, trauma, and other mental health issues. If you’re noticing this pattern in your thinking, it might be time for therapy.


If you think you might benefit from mental health therapy, it is worth reaching out to a therapist if you can find someone you trust.

If you think you might benefit from mental health therapy, it is worth reaching out to a therapist if you can find someone you trust. Therapy can help people learn how to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help people deal with anger issues or other emotional problems.

If you are seeking mental healthcare for the first time or if it has been some time since your last session, it's important to consider what type of counseling may be best suited for your needs.


Conclusion

If you’re struggling and feel like therapy could help, it is worth reaching out to a therapist if you can find someone you trust. You are not alone in this struggle and there are many people who have gone through what you’re going through now. Mental health therapy is not just for those who have been diagnosed but also helps people cope with life events both big and small.

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