The Decision to Seek Professional Help

No one is immune to feeling down, angry, helpless or just not 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 the times you feel 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 is how you feel within yourself or if others notice signs and can make the suggestion in a sensitive manner.

Intense feelings

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. A simple self-assessment tool may help you understand whether you should consider seeking professional help.

Traumatic experiences

Traumatic experiences such as relationship break ups, loss of a job or death of a loved one can take some time from which 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 activity. On the other end of the scale, watch for manic reactions and the inability to sleep.

Poor health

Emotional issues can manifest themselves physically. 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.

Substance abuse

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 then 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.

At Brisbane City Psychologists we encourage people to make an informed-decision about their care and offer a free consultation with a psychologist, if they:

  1. Are unsure whether their really need a psychologist based on their symptoms
  2. Want to know what treatment might involve, how long it might take and success rates
  3. Want to talk to a psychologist to ask any other questions they may have.

Feel free to visit Brisbane City Psychologists online to find more information about issues, treatment types and self-assessment tools.


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