What Are the Signs Indicating it Might be Time to Seek Therapy?

If you’re struggling with depression, it’s important to understand that it’s a complex mental health issue that can present differently for each individual. It can be challenging to determine if your feelings are temporary and situational or if they require the assistance of a professional. Learn more about the signs of depression and when it may be time to seek help from a licensed therapist.

The Difference Between Mild and Serious Mental Health Issues

If you’re seeking help for a mental health issue, your therapist will likely evaluate the impact it’s having on your daily life. Understanding the events that led to the issue is a crucial part of this process. This approach helps mental health professionals assess the severity of the issue and determine the best treatment plan for you.

Mental health concerns can vary in severity and impact an individual’s daily life in different ways. Mild issues are typically short-lived and may result in minimal disruption, while more serious mental health concerns can significantly affect a person’s relationships, school, and work performance. Understanding the level of severity can help individuals and mental health professionals determine the best course of action for treatment.

It’s common for individuals to feel stressed or anxious about work deadlines, but when those feelings become overwhelming and impact daily life, it may be a sign of a more severe issue. For instance, if anxiety prevents you from fulfilling work responsibilities and causes you to call in sick, it’s time to seek help. Severe anxiety can even lead to panic attacks, which can be debilitating.

It’s natural to experience a range of emotions in response to life events, such as grief after losing a loved one or anger after discovering a partner’s infidelity. Even though it can be helpful to get help during these times, it’s important to remember that not every emotional reaction is a sign of a severe mental health crisis. Whatever you’re going through, your feelings are valid and deserving of attention. Learn more about the benefits of therapy for managing life’s ups and downs.

Warning Signs of a Serious Mental Health Crisis

The following are some red flags of a mental health crisis that warrant asking for help:

  • Feeling sad or “down” for long periods of time (particularly without an inciting incident)
  • Noticeable mood swings from very high, like euphoria, to very low, like deep sadness or depression
  • Excessive worry
  • Feeling empty or apathetic about life
  • Engaging in self-harming behaviors, like cutting
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Changes in appetite, sleep or sex drive
  • Constant fatigue
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to seek professional help. Remember, although things may seem bleak now, there is always hope for improvement. We, here at Serenity Psychotherapy Group, LLC are here to support you on your journey towards brighter days, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for your free 15-minute consultation call. We can help you learn more about how therapy can help overcome mental health challenges and improve overall well-being.

SOURCES:

https://www.counseling.org/news/aca-blogs/aca-counseling-corner/aca-counseling-corner-blog/2018/03/01/knowing-when-to-ask-for-help#:~:text=If%20you’re%20facing%20a,to%20seek%20out%20professional%20help

https://jedfoundation.org/resource/mental-health-warning-signs-and-when-to-ask-for-help/

https://www.columbiatribune.com/story/sponsor-story/burrell-behavioral-health/2022/05/02/mental-health-matters-knowing-when-ask-help/9558636002/

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