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How to Know When It’s Time to See a Therapist

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How to Know When It’s Time to See a Therapist

How to Know When It’s Time to See a Therapist

If you’re on the fence about whether to see a therapist, it might help to give it a try. Talking to someone outside of your family and friends might help you in more ways than one.

Keep in mind that talking to a mental health professional doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you. You might simply decide that seeing a therapist is what helps you become the best version of yourself.

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Managing Your Mental Health

If you have difficulty managing and processing your feelings and, maybe you're not dealing with them in the most effective ways:

  • if you’re having trouble managing your stress a therapist may assist you in problem-solving so you can eliminate some stressful aspects of your life.
  • if you are having difficulty regulating your emotions a therapist could help you develop a plan to ensure your emotions serve you well.
  • If you have unhealthy coping skills, they can help you learn healthy coping skills.

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Self and Relationship Improvement

Mental health professionals can address a variety of issues:

  • if you are struggling to reach your goals a therapist can address issues like procrastination, perfectionism—all of which can make reaching a goal nearly impossible.
  • if you want to improve your relationship(s) a therapist can assist you with the skills and tools you need to form and maintain healthier connections.
  • if you want to increase your self-awareness they can help you discover the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

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Dealing With Major Life Events

You can benefit from seeing a therapist:

  • if you are facing major life transitions like starting a new job, moving to a new city, or ending a relationship that might create a fair amount of distress for you.
  • If you’re questioning your parenting skills or you have questions about whether your child’s behavior is normal, talking to a therapist might be in order.
  • if you need help processing a traumatic event. This could prevent you from developing PTSD; it may even help you grow from the experience.

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Productivity Management

Here's when you seeing a therapist is in order:

  • when your mood is affecting your work. A therapist can help you get unstuck by assisting you process your emotions and practice new skills
  • when your emotional state is impacting your appetite or sleep. Once a physician is able to rule out possible medical causes for your change in sleep or appetite, a therapist can help you determine if there are emotional causes.

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Finding Yourself

You should talk to a therapist:

  • if you’ve lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, maybe you are growing a little depressed, or maybe you are developing some anxiety. A therapist can help you uncover why you’ve lost interest in those things as well as help you see how the lack of fun activity can take a toll on your well-being.
  • if your social life is suffering, a therapist may help you find people you can connect with or teach you skills that enhance your social life 

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Challenging Negative Thinking

Everyone experiences cognitive distortions sometimes. Here's how a therapist can help:

  • if you want to change unhelpful thinking patterns, A mental health professional can help you develop a healthier inner dialogue. And that could be key to living your best life.
  • if you don’t feel as happy as you think you could be, a therapist can help you develop a little change to your habits, mindset, lifestyle, or daily routine.

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