A guide to when it’s time to get help

It can oftentimes feel difficult or overwhelming trying to figure out what kind of therapy – or any therapy at all – is the right fit for you. That’s why this post is dedicated to giving you a breakdown of signs that indicate therapy would be the right choice to help you with the issues you’re struggling with, and whether a specific kind of therapy might be more helpful than others. It’s important to take care of yourself, not just physically but mentally as well. When your body is unwell, you go to a doctor to get better, there’s no reason you shouldn’t do the same for your brain.

What you need to know

There are many cases that would indicate that therapy would be helpful to your situation, the most major being general feelings of sadness and lack of motivation. If you’re feeling hopeless, with decreased energy, irritability or just an ability to cope with your day-to-day life, these are signs that you might be dealing with depression, especially if these feelings do not have an obvious root or source. There are many types and levels of depression, some people require medication while others find they benefit just from being able to talk to a professional. Either way, finding a therapist is the first step in helping to crawl out from under depression. Anxiety functions in a very similar way, creating excessive worry and stress that can keep you from being able to do normal activities or even sleep. Like depression, there are many levels of anxiety and some may find just having an outlet for their worries to be helpful. In these cases, it is obviously most helpful to find a therapist who specializes in depression and anxiety, as they will be more likely to give you more precise and beneficial treatment.

If you have suffered trauma or abuse, coming to terms with it on your own can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. Abusive relationships and traumatic experiences can leave deep emotional scars if not dealt with, which can negatively impact your life in a variety of ways, including being able to form and maintain relationships. Talking with a therapist can be extremely helpful in these cases, as it lets you talk out your experiences to a professional who can provide you with the tools you need to feel closure and be able to move on. Again, make sure the therapist you choose is one who is experienced in working with trauma and abuse survivors.

Not all therapy is a solo experience. If you are having relationship issues, whether it’s problems with communication or something else that has made the relationship unfulfilling, talking to a couples counselor and therapist can help get you both back on track, as they are a neutral third party who can listen to both sides of the issue and give useful feedback to help you and your partner communicate in a more effective manner. While most therapists will specialize in things like depression, anxiety or other disorders, couples counseling is more specific and you want to be sure you find someone who is qualified to help.

Final Word

Admitting you need help is never easy, but it is necessary, especially if you feel like you fit any of the above descriptions. Finding a therapist is the first step in helping yourself to feel better and be better, so call Susan Block, a Coral Springs counselor who is experienced in depression, anxiety, grief counseling, couples counseling and more. Call 954-675-1936 today to schedule a brief and free consultation. Get back on track and back to feeling like you again.