"I think I need help": 3 signs that it's time for therapy
Many times the therapeutic process in mental health is related to madness and this stigma generates resistance to professionals in this area, making you believe that you need to hit rock bottom to be able to go to therapy. And the reality is that this is not the case. Because, I share 3 indications that warn us that we must go to professional support to avoid the pain of hitting rock bottom.
1. This problem is only in your mind the vast majority of the time
While it is natural for certain things to cause you concern, When an issue does not come out of your head and no matter how much you give it a thousand turns you cannot find a solution, this is no longer functional. If you spend much of your time and energy on a specific topic then it has become intrusive, in other words, it is eating you away and this in addition to causing high levels of stress, has taken away your objectivity.
In cases like this, going to a mental health professional will help you to regain objectivity, you can understand why your mind is giving it so much importance and even many times you can find a solution. Remember that a good therapist will not tell you what you have to do to solve your problems, but will guide you to find the solution for yourself, since you more than anyone know the origin of the problem.
2. you no longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy
This in psychology is called anhedonia and it means loss of pleasure (and we are not talking about sex) this is a symptom of emotional disconnection, It can occur for many reasons but it mainly happens when you have lost hope. Maybe you can identify a moment in your life in which you have felt that, because the vast majority of people have ever experienced it; but it's not healthy and if you don't pay enough attention to it can lead to depressive disorder, and we don't want to get there. That may be the background we were talking about at the beginning.
Regaining hope and motivation can be a somewhat complex task, but it is definitely possible. A therapist can help you find the root of your anhedonia and thus combat it so that the next time you feel that it is wanting to enter your life, you have the necessary tools to close the door on it.
3. you have dissatisfaction in one or more areas of your life
In the global circumstances of the last year it is quite common for people to feel this way, because we are experiencing something that is new to the vast majority of us. However, just like the previous points, this can become stronger and stronger. The idea is not that you become a conformist person, but that it is part of human evolution, since the goal is to transform you, not to continue ruminating the past.
A therapist can help you explore the possible causes of your dissatisfaction so that you discover if that is really the problem or there is something else behind that is using that disguise to go unnoticed. So you know, don't let cultural taboos determine your level of personal care. Your mental health is in your hands.