No one is immune to feeling down, angry, helpless, or emotionally ‘ok’. We all experience the highs and lows that life can bring, and when it comes to the lows, we generally make our way out to the other side again. But what about when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? How do you know, for sure, that you need to seek professional help from a psychologist to get to the top of the mountain?
Because everyone is different, it is not straightforward to put a benchmark on feelings of sadness, grief and anger, amongst others, and suggest that it’s time to seek assistance. The only real way of telling us how you feel within yourself or if others notice signs and can sensitively make the suggestion.
Intense feelings – Anxiety and Worry
Anxiety and worry can impair the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you are feeling overcome with feelings that occur daily and if they are not subsiding, it is time to consider help. This is especially true if you feel the worst-case scenario will happen. The Anxiety and Depression Self-assessment Tool may help you understand whether you should consider seeing a psychologist for anxiety treatment.
Trauma and Traumatic Experiences
Traumatic experiences such as relationship breakups, job loss or the death of a loved one can take some time to heal. This can be tricky as some people can take longer than others to bounce back, but signs to watch for are withdrawing from those close to you and not engaging in activities. On the other end of the scale, watch for manic reactions and the inability to sleep. Trauma Treatment with a psychologist can help you understand and navigate Complex Trauma and PTSD.
Grief and Loss
Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, a job or a way of life. Similar experiences of loss also include your children leaving home and infertility. Although grief is often painful, acknowledging and allowing the feelings to come and go can help you process the experience. Grief Counselling with a psychologist can help.
Emotional issues can manifest themselves physically. For example, if you have unexplainable stomach aches, headaches, physical pain, or generally feel overtired and run down, then these are signs you may be distressed or stressed.
Overeating, not eating, drinking more alcohol and taking drugs are signs of avoiding an emotional issue. If you find you are using eating or drugs to avoid your feelings, this is a sign of needing help.
Work and recreation are suffering
If you are not doing well at work and your performance is not what it usually is or if you are experiencing strained relationships at home or at work, this is a good time to seek help. Not enjoying your usual activities or spending time with family and friends is also a good indication. Furthermore, if family or friends express concern then you might be wise to heed their advice.
Find a Psychologist Near You or Online Therapy
A trained and experienced psychologist can help you navigate anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief, among other issues. If you are unsure whether you should see a psychologist, you can make an appointment with your GP and discuss your concerns. They may refer you to a psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional to assist you if required.