When to Seek Help

by Jessica B. August 9th, 2012 | Mental Health
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If you are suffering from mental health issues it can be difficult to decide when and where to seek help. The important thing to keep in mind is that mental health professionals are there to help and support you. Their main goal is to make sure you are on a path to healthy living and to support you in the best way.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of depression and helplessness and don’t feel like you are getting the support you need from friends and family, it is time to turn to a professional. Sometimes you need someone outside of your immediate sphere to fully help you see the big picture. Your friends and family have certain things at stake; a professional is an outsider.

If you notice any major changes in your behavior, such as increased energy levels, change in sleep patterns or appetite, it is time to speak to a professional. You may choose to speak to your medical doctor first, to rule out any other type of illness, but you shouldn’t hesitate to book a time with a therapist or psychologist to get a mental health evaluation as well.

If you find you are self medicating with drugs, alcohol, or food, and you are worried about this behavioral pattern seek help as well. Some people who struggle with mental health issues find that alcohol, drugs, or food help them to keep their symptoms at bay. The problem is that too much of these substances can lead to other issues, including addiction. Treating both addiction and mental health issues at the same time can be difficult. If you can get to the issue before the addiction spins out of control, you will be on a great path.

When you make the decision to seek mental health support you have a variety of options. Make sure to check with your insurance provider to make sure your costs are covered and discuss your options for treatment. Meet with different therapists, and don’t be afraid to switch if you do not feel you have a connection with the counselor. The connection is an important part of the success of the treatment.

While it is OK to switch providers if you do not feel comfortable, remember that sometimes a counselor or therapist may push you in a direction you are a bit hesitant to go in, because they think it is best for you. Don’t shut every door right away. Take your time to assess what works for you and why.

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