To wrap up Mental Health Awareness month, we at Therapy Hive wanted to share some information and resources on when it may be time to seek help. Seeking help does not mean that there is something inherently wrong with you, but rather is an indication of strength, seeking help and self-understanding. A person does not have to have serious mental illness, or even having something “wrong” to go to treatment. Going to a gym doesn’t mean a person is weak or unhealthy, it is actually viewed as a healthy and proactive behavior. Therapy can be viewed as a “mental gym” to check in on thoughts and beliefs, inventory feelings, and set goals to achieve. Therapy is very common, and many physicians are recommending psychotherapy for things like depression, insomnia, anxiety, or GI distress, to prevent some of the unsavory side effects that medical interventions can cause. Here are five signs that you may need to seek professional help, or when a mental health boost could be beneficial:
- During A Crisis
If you are ever feeling like you don’t want to live anymore, like you want to hurt yourself, or you want to hurt someone else, a trained therapist or psychologist is literally lifesaving. Typically, a crisis happens in “waves” with a buildup, a peak, and a decrease in intensity. During the peak of a crisis, it can be almost impossible to realize that this is a temporary feeling, and will get better. A therapist can act like a buoy during these times, keeping you afloat and making sure that you and your loved ones are safe. For immediate help in a crisis, please check out the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Having Repetitive Negative Thoughts
Therapists that work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model work with clients to identify automatic or maladaptive thoughts that are impacting an individual’s feelings and/or behaviors. When an individual finds themselves with the same thoughts that “pop” into their head like, “I’m not worth…” or “I always have bad luck…” it may be time to address those automatic thoughts, and a therapist can help to reframe these thoughts, or view them with a different lens.
- During Life Transitions and Adjustments
- People struggle with change, even good changes! Human beings become used to routine and predictability, and anything that disrupts this sameness can disrupt other areas of ones’ life, too. When facing a life change, from a marriage to a divorce, a new child to becoming an empty nest-er, a therapist can help prepare for the known and unknown. Therapy in this context can be viewed as a checkup or sharpening of the coping skills we need to get through life changes.
- To Receive True Objectivity
People often brush off the idea that therapy can be helpful because they have such good supports in place already, from friends and family members. However, these sources have relationships with you, and cannot be truly objective the way a trained mental health professional can be. A relative or friend has their own history with you, feelings, and values that may be placed upon your struggles. A therapist is much like an easel for a blank canvas, and they will help structure and support your needs openly and objectively, so that you can create the “work of art” that your life can be.
- To Help Break A Cycle
After some negative life events, like a break up or a job change, sometimes a person will recognize a pattern, and that pattern may be giving too much, or valuing yourself too little. Recognizing these patterns can be helpful, but that is often not enough to break the cycle and receive different outcomes. A therapist can objectively view this pattern and help create insights and awareness of what behaviors can lead to breaking the pattern successfully.
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