5 Signs It's Time to See a Therapist Great Lakes Psychology Group

5 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist

5 signs it's time to see a therapist

Wondering if it’s time to see a therapist? Perhaps you’re curious about therapy but you wonder if you really “need” it. Especially in current times when we are chiefly aware of the suffering of others, we may be even more prone to minimizing our own suffering because of the impression that others have it worse. The self-judgment of “not suffering enough” may be among the reasons you might put off starting the process of therapy. Of course, suffering is relative, and any amount of suffering warrants the right to seek help.

Here are just a few of the signs it’s time to see a therapist:

1. Recently experiencing a stressor, loss, or traumatic event

Seeing a therapist in the wake of experiencing something difficult can help. Therapy offers a comforting space to process, learn helpful coping skills, and heal.

2. Changes in mood

A noticeable change in your mood can indicate a need to further explore what may be at the root of it. Mood changes include:

  • Feeling down or irritable most days
  • No longer enjoying things you used to
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, and/or excessively guilty
  • Frequently feeling worried or “on edge”
  • Often feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling “stuck”

3. Changes in sleep and/or appetite

Perhaps you’re having a difficult time getting to sleep or staying asleep all night. On the contrary, you may often oversleep and still rarely feel well-rested. As with sleep disturbances, changes in appetite can be a sign that something psychological needs to be addressed. Loss of appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain alike can be the result of psychological distress. Of course, changes in sleep and appetite can be related to medical issues as well. For that reason, it’s a good idea to also talk to your doctor about these changes to rule out an organic (i.e., non-psychological) cause.

4. Impairments in functioning

Feeling “off” can unfortunately lead to functional impairments, such as:

  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Avoiding certain environments because of a specific fear
  • Compulsive or impulsive behavior leading to negative consequences

Therapy can be an effective way to proactively address unhelpful behavior patterns and underlying emotional processes.

5. Feelings of shame and/or loneliness

Are there things you do or think about that you feel you couldn’t share with your friends or family? We may hold back from sharing aspects of ourselves with others, especially when we feel shame around our own thoughts, behaviors, or experiences. Keeping these aspects of ourselves hidden likely only leads to further shame and feelings of loneliness which, left un-confronted, can perpetuate unhelpful behavior and lead to great suffering. Therapy provides a safe place to approach that which we may otherwise avoid.

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Ready to prioritize your mental health?

If the symptoms described here resonated with you, know that help is available. With a large network of therapists available to choose from, Great Lakes Psychology Group makes it easy to get started with therapy, either online or in-person.