When should you consider psychotherapy?
Do you ever feel too overwhelmed to deal with your problems? If so, you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults each year experience depression, anxiety or another psychological condition.
There are many misconceptions about psychotherapy and you may be reluctant to try it out. Even if you know the realities instead of the myths, you may feel nervous about trying it yourself. However, it is worth overcoming your nervousness. Psychotherapy can help at any time when the quality of your life isn’t what you want it to be.
Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still others may have short-term problems they need help working through. For example, they may need help coping with a serious illness, losing weight or stopping smoking. Additional reasons people seek counseling are struggles to cope with relationship problems, job loss, the death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse or other issues. These problems can often become debilitating.
Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:
You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
Your problems don't seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.
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Laurie Ghiz, LMHC, Dipl. Ac, (NCCAOM), LicAc
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