There are many misconceptions about what it means to talk to a psychotherapist. The need to talk about your emotions is sometimes seen as something to poke fun at, weak or shameful. That stigma is often why people often don’t seek help.
However, therapy is incredibly useful and helps with a range of issues, from anxiety to depression to relationships to trauma. Experts and research show that therapy is very helpful for most people.
Here are a few reasons why you should give therapy a try:
1. You’re experiencing unexpected mood swings.
If you’re noticing you’ve taken on a more negative mood or thought process ― and it’s persistent ― it might be worth talking to someone. A therapist can help you get to the root of the problem
2. You’re undergoing a big change.
This could be a new career, a new family or moving to a different city. New ventures are challenging and it’s normal to need assistance with getting used to changes in your life.
3. You’re withdrawing from things that used to make you happy.
A loss of motivation often signals that something is up. If you’re normally a social butterfly and you’re suddenly pulling away from your weekly activities, you could be experiencing something deeper. A therapist can help you to uncover why this might occurring.
4. You’re using a substance to cope with issues in your life.
If you find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with what’s going on in your life, it might be time to reach out. Addiction and substance abuse are not character flaws.
Serious mental illness affects almost 10 million Americans in a year. If you’ve been feeling off for a long time, reach out. Psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia rarely develop out of nowhere and people display signs for a while.
6. Your relationships feel strained.
Relationships, no matter what kind are hard work. You’re not expected to have all the answers. If you’re with a partner, therapy can help the two of you explore better ways to communicate and any other issues that have come up.
7. You just feel like you need to talk to someone.
Bottom line: There’s nothing wrong with seeking treatment for any health issue, including mental health. You go to the dentist for a toothache so you can go to a therapist too for help with your mental health.