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Signs you may need to see a therapist

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Signs you may need to see a therapist

We all have our struggles, and some are easier to deal with than others. When a problem becomes overwhelming and our support networks can’t help us overcome it, perhaps it’s time to get help from a therapist.

Your feelings are intense

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Your feelings are intense

We all get angry, sad or anxious from time to time. But when anger turns to rage, when sadness turns to despair, when anxiousness turns to panic ... maybe it’s time to talk to someone who can help you turn down the dials on your feelings.

You beat yourself up

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You beat yourself up

It’s one thing to be driven to succeed; it’s another to obsess over your shortcomings and have feelings of self-loathing. There’s nothing wrong with critiquing yourself if it’s done in a constructive, introspective way. But don’t drown in self-criticism, and don’t be your own bully. You might need a professional to help remind you how to be good to yourself.

You’ve been through a traumatic event

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You’ve been through a traumatic event

Maybe you’ve lost someone close to you — a parent, a close friend or even a beloved pet. Maybe you’ve lost your job. Or maybe you witnessed a horrific accident or an act of violence. We don’t all cope with trauma in the same way, and some people could use a therapist to help get them past a traumatic event.

You’re overdoing it

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You’re overdoing it

You’re drinking too much, or maybe you’re abusing drugs. It could also be food, gambling or sex. You’re overindulging. Your appetites have become ravenous, and you need to find a way to slow down.

You’re obsessed with a problem

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You’re obsessed with a problem

Is there something in your life bothering you to the extent that you spend time thinking about it every week? Every day? A therapist might be able to help you push past a problem that’s stubbornly blocking your path.

You’re no longer enjoying your favorite things

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You’re no longer enjoying your favorite things

When you’ve lost interest in the things or activities that normally bring you joy, it’s time to find out why. We all deserve happiness, and when the things that normally make us happy no longer do, it may be time to see a professional.

You avoid social situations

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You avoid social situations

If you can’t bear the thought of going to a party or even a small gathering of friends or co-workers, it could be a sign that you have feelings of inadequacy. Sequestering yourself will only ramp up your dread of social situations. A therapist can help you start to feel comfortable among other people again.

You have problems with relationships

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You have problems with relationships

Some people can’t get out of abusive relationships. Others find themselves unable to fully commit themselves to a partner. A therapist might be able to help you figure out why you can’t settle into a healthy, loving relationship.

Your friends and family members are worried

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Your friends and family members are worried

Your loved ones know you best. When they tell you that you haven’t seemed yourself and express concern about your well-being, it might be time for you to seek professional help.

Your sleeping habits are unusual

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Your sleeping habits are unusual

Chronic insomnia could be an indication of unusual stress levels. And if you’re routinely sleeping away the day, it could be a sign of trouble.