When Life Is Too Overwhelming: 8 Signs That It's Time To Seek Therapy
February 22, 2018 16:45 By Fabiosa
Sometimes, it feels like your mind is a mess. Life is complicated, and it’s not always easy to solve your internal conflicts and issues on your own. You can talk to your friends and family members about what’s bothering you, but in some cases, it’s not enough. That’s when a therapist can step in and help you untangle what’s going on in your head and in your life.
It may be hard to admit that you need therapy. But talk therapy isn’t just for the mentally ill. It can give answers to people who can find the way out of difficult life situations. Many of those who have been to a therapist report feeling better just after a few sessions.
Here are a few situations in which talk therapy can be beneficial:
1. You are anxious and/or depressed.
Even in our days, anxiety and depression sometimes aren’t taken seriously, and many people don’t realize these are legitimate mental health issues. But they can take away from the quality of your life if they aren’t seen for what they are and remain untreated. Medicines are available to treat depression and anxiety, but talk therapy is known to have a more profound long-term effect, even when the patient doesn't go to therapy sessions any longer.
2. You feel unable to cope with a loss.
Losing a loved one is inevitably followed by a period of grief. The pain subsides over the time and normally doesn’t take over the life of a person who lost someone close to him or her. But sometimes, grief is so overwhelming, it overshadows everything good in your life. A therapist can help people emerge from grief and get back to their normal lives.
3. You’re struggling with addiction.
It’s hard to break free from the grip of an addiction on your own. Drug abuse, alcoholism, gambling, compulsive shopping, and other forms of addiction can ruin a person’s relationship with his or her family and friends. Therapy can help people become free of addictions and substitute them with good habits.
4. You have an eating disorder.
People with eating disorders often don’t seek therapy because they feel ashamed of themselves. Not only are eating disorders accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame, but they also lead to serious physical problems if they aren’t treated. Therapists don’t judge their patients; their only goal is to help. If you have an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to see a trained professional, experienced in treating these disorders.
5. You have insomnia.
If your sleep issues aren't caused by a physical problem, therapy can help you figure out what prevents you from sleeping well, and deal with the cause of your sleeplessness.
6. You have a phobia.
There are phobias that don’t interfere with your daily life, but some of them, such as agoraphobia, can be seriously limiting and lead to social isolation. A type of therapy called exposure therapy can help people overcome their phobias and start living a life without fear.
7. You have family issues.
If the relationship with a family member (a parent, a spouse, or a child) has become strained, but both parties are willing to fix it, family therapy may help those involved reach a compromise, start really listening to each other, and become more patient and understanding.
8. There’s been a stressful event in your life and you can’t cope with it.
Job loss, divorce, break-up, car accident, foreclosure of one’s property, and other stressful events can destabilize a person’s emotional well-being. There’s a term “pain threshold” to describe people’s tolerance of physical pain, and it can also be applied to mental pain and stress. Some people can handle a stressful situation quite well, but some come completely undone under the pressure of stress. If that’s the case for you, visiting a therapist can help get your life together.
This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.