Do I Need Therapy? 8 Signs It Might Be Time to Find a Therapist
If you have ever thought, “Maybe I should go to therapy?” it’s probably a sign that your mental health could use a little support. Getting support on your journey through life is completely normal and arguably necessary. No person is an island. We all need help from time to time. Whether your reason for seeking out therapy feels big or small, therapy can be a wonderful place to explore what’s going on in your life, how it’s affecting your overall well-being, as well as where you would like to be in the future and how you can get there.
One in 5 U.S. adults experience a mental health diagnosis each year. But whether or not you have a mental health diagnosis, a therapist can support and collaborate with you. Therapists can help with not only managing symptoms of a diagnosis, but also preventing difficult life transitions from severely impacting your long-term health. Therapists are trained to assess and help manage a wide range of life’s challenges, whether it be the stress of moving cross-country, starting or ending a relationship, transitioning into a new role (at work or at home), or navigating environmental stressors.
8 Signs You Should Speak to a Therapist
1. You stopped participating in activities that used to bring you joy or no longer feel happy when doing those things.
2. You are isolating yourself from friendships or other relationships.
3. You are falling behind at school or work, and feel overwhelmed.
4. You are sleeping a lot more (or less) and wake up still feeling exhausted.
5. You find yourself ruminating on interactions or things you’ve done and can’t seem to stop the negative or intrusive thoughts.
6. You are engaging in more risky behaviors like using more substances or engaging in unhealthy relationships.
7. You aren’t taking care of your basic needs such as hygiene or paying bills.
8. You keep hearing friends or family ask, “Are you okay?”
If you are resonating with even a few of these, you may want to speak with a therapist. There is a lot of stigma around seeking mental health treatment that has prevented many people from reaching out for support. However, therapy can help to bring more stability into your life, improve motivation to attain and accomplish your goals, and improve all aspects of your wellness. Mental health professionals use evidenced-based practices and deep understanding of psychology and human behavior to assess, diagnose, and treat various aspects of your mental well-being.
Ready to talk to a therapist but don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Grow Therapy makes it easy to find a professional who suits your needs (and takes your insurance) so you can focus on your mental health instead of the stressful parts. Explore awesome therapists here.
This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns.