Most of the time we’re able to bounce back from feeling stressed or anxious, but sometimes a little help from an expert is needed. Here, psychologist Lisa Jacobs reveals the seven key signs it’s time to seek help.
Many of us invest in personal trainers, go to the gym, or have exercise memberships where we are working towards improving our physical health. Hopefully one day we will all look at mental health as a way to improve our mental wellbeing or performance (just like we do with a personal trainer at the gym) rather than to fix a problem.
In the future, we might start to see mental health in this same way as our physical health, whether that means getting tips from a psychologist to be more resilient, or on how to manage a difficult situation at work.
Talking things out with a psychologist is always beneficial for your mental health in many ways, however below Lysn psychologist Lisa Jacob details the seven key signs it’s definitely time to talk it out.
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7 signs it’s time to talk it out with a psychologist
1. Loss or traumatic event
Experiencing a death (of a friend, loved one or even a pet) or a traumatic event can have a long-lasting effect on a person. Everyone deals with grief differently and the pain and suffering can be overwhelming at times. There are many healthy ways to cope and a psychologist can outline some coping strategies that will allow a person to feel supported and grieve in a more positive way.
2. Family or relationship breakdown
Troubles with family and relationships can unfortunately be an unavoidable part of life. How we cope with these things also differs from person to person but taking the time out to talk with a psychologist can help us to identify our roles in relationships and give us direction when navigating our way through this process.
3. Anxiety or stress
If you feel anxious or stressed it may be time to visit a psychologist. Even if you feel as though these feelings are mild, a psychologist can help with strategies to manage these feelings in the future. Don’t wait until things feel uncontrollable or heightened, instead make an appointment as soon as these feelings arise. Stress and anxiety, if left unmanaged, can lead to other mental health concerns such as social isolation or depression.
4. You just feel out of sorts
In life everyone will experience a bad day however if these days turn into weeks then it is definitely time to talk to a psychologist. Even if you just feel a little out of sorts, or as though your overall perception of life is a little down, a psychologist can help to get things back on track. Seeing a psychologist before a problem feels unmanageable is always a great way to approach things as you’re working on your overall mental wellbeing, rather than addressing something after the fact.
5. Nothing you’ve done seems to help
Many people are aware of things they can do to enhance their mood such as exercise, meditation, talking with a friend or eating better. If you’ve tried everything you can do and nothing seems to help, make an appointment with a psychologist today. It is always ok to reach out for help and no one should ever feel as though they should struggle on their own.
6. People have said you seem different
Perhaps a friend has asked you if you’re ok or a loved one has mentioned that you seem different – these are signs that it might be time to reach out for help. Sometimes other people notice changes in our mood or behaviour before ourselves. For many of us asking for help is like admitting defeat. However, the simple truth is that most of us will need, or know someone who needs help around a mental health issue throughout our lifetime.
7. You turn to substances for ‘relief’
Many people going through a tough time are often looking for outlets where they think they might feel a sense of relief. Turning to alcohol or drugs during this time might seem like it’s going to allow you to switch off, however this feeling is only temporary and the ramifications of substance abuse often makes existing problems worse.
Finding the right help
There are many resources to turn to if you think you might need help. Support is available through your local psychologist, places like Beyond Blue, or via online therapy with services like Lysn.
Lisa Jacob is a psychologist from Lysn. Lysn is a digital mental health company with world class wellbeing technology which helps people find their best-fit professional psychologist whilst being able to access online tools to improve their mental health.