Signs you may need to see a therapist from 10 Signs You May Need to See a Therapist
10 Signs You May Need to See a Therapist
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.