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How to know when it’s time to start therapy

Mental health problems including stress, anxiety, depression and others are very common in the United States. It has been found that around one in five (amounting to 51.5 million) adults in the country struggled with a mental illness in 2019. The severity of these illnesses may vary from mild to moderate to severe.

A number of causes may contribute to these illnesses, including a professional setback, troubled relationships, rejection, financial issues, and other personal reasons. In most cases, the person experiencing mental health problems may find it difficult to bounce back, and may require therapeutic intervention to recover.

Research studies suggest that psychotherapy interventions (primarily behavior therapy, CBT, and IPT) may prove effective as primary treatments (treatments of choice) for obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and major depression as well as several other psychiatric disorders.

Generally, people feel an aversion from the word “therapy”. However, unlike what most people think, the use of psychotherapy isn’t just limited to the individuals with mental health problems. In fact, it is also recommended to those who are facing difficulties in coping with day-to stress, life transitions, intense emotions, and wants to improve the quality of their life.

Since stress and anxieties are a common experience, one might wonder when one should consider therapy to prevent further deterioration of mental health. Therefore, here are some critical signs to help you know when you should consider therapy:

Facing Difficulty in Regulating Emotions

Persistent emotions of sadness, anxiety or uncontrolled anger are an indication of underlying mental health issues. Therefore, it is important nip them in the bud by seeking timely treatment, which may include one of the psychotherapies based on the severity of your symptoms. In addition, changes or disruptions in sleep or appetite over weeks or months may also require therapeutic interventions.

Having Troubled Relationships

Emotions have a direct correlation with relationships. People battling mental health problems resulting from intense emotions may struggle with building or maintain relationships, including avoiding those who are close to them and experiencing insecurity in a relationship. Couple counseling through talk therapy may be an effective strategy to restore peace and harmony in troubled relationships.

A History of Trauma or Unpleasant Experiences

People who have witnessed or faced traumatic situation like physical or sexual abuse or loss of a loved one may find it difficult to get over their past. Frequent episodes of panic attacks, social disinterest or emotional breakdowns may warrant the need of talk therapy or other types of psychotherapy.

A Recent Setback

Be it a divorce, breakup or loss of a loved one, overcoming a grief can be long and painful process. So, if you are experiencing persistent sadness, an urge to cry, and an emotional turmoil after a recent setback, it is the time to start therapy.

A Problem Related to Physical Health

Physical health and emotional health are interdependent. So, if you are finding it difficult to cope with your physical problem and are feeling depressed, see a psychologist alongside a physician. It is important because your physical health may recover soon but emotional health takes its time to return to normal.

If you or a loved one is showing the signs or symptoms discussed above, you can get in touch with the 24/7 Recovery Helpline. Call our 24/7 helpline 855-441-4405 to talk about effective therapies and credible mental health facilities near you.

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