When to Consult a Psychologist
Learn when it may be time to turn to a professional for help.
Is It Time to Get Some Help?
Life is rarely without its challenges. There are some, however, that can be so overbearing that it seems impossible to move on. Whether it’s the death of a loved one or overwhelming feelings of anxiety, it’s important you know that help is available for every problem life throws your way.
Click ‘next’ to learn more about common reasons people see psychologists.
Death is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Everyone handles the loss of a loved one—whether a parent or a pet—differently. Grieving openly or privately are common ways, but avoiding the realities of loss can lead to longer, lingering problems. A psychologist can help you find appropriate ways to cope with death of someone close to you.
Stress & Anxiety
Certain facets of life are stressful, and many situations—from a job interview to relationship problems—can cause you to feel anxious. Stress and anxiety, if left to fester, can lead to social isolation, depression, and a slew of other problems. A psychologist can help you manage stress and anxiety by finding the source or cause of your problems, as well as appropriate ways to overcome them.
Overwhelming feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are common signs of depression. While many believe people can just “snap out” of depression, it rarely occurs. Depression is a common disorder where people lose interest in things, experience fatigue, and often have trouble controlling their emotions. Psychologists can help you find your source of depression—often the first step to feeling better.
Being afraid of heights and spiders are common phobias, but some unusual and unfounded fears can create substantial problems in your life. For example, sitophobia (fear of eating) may lead to serious health problems. An experienced psychologist can help you begin to overcome your fears so that you can live without polyphobia (fear of many things) or phobophobia (fear of fear).
Family & Relationship Issues
Relationships, whether family, personal, or work-related, have their ups and downs. While they can be some of the best things in life, relationships can definitely be a source of stress and problems as well. Working with a psychologist (individually or in a group setting) can help iron out wrinkles that can form in even the strongest relationships.
Bad Habits & Addictions
Some bad habits—smoking, drinking, and drug use—are often used to escape or self-medicate larger, underlying problems. While your psychologist will help you get to those, he or she can also help you tackle the problems immediately facing your health like:
- Eating disorders
- Stress management
- Sleeping problems
Some of the most successful people achieve their goals by first visualizing them. Athletes often mentally prepare for a competition with as much intensity as they physically train their body. Others use this technique to proactively prepare for challenging life events. Just as you would rehearse a speech before giving it, your psychologist can help you prepare for big events and help you perform at your best, whether it’s the Olympics or just a job interview.
A psychologist can help you improve your mental clarity by acting as an unbiased set of ears. Often, patients find their own solutions just by hearing themselves talk about it out loud. Simply talking about their problems and getting them out in the open helps many people improve their mental clarity, be more able to concentrate, and become more task-orientated. Psychologists are trained to be great listeners.
Sometimes multiple symptoms are caused by larger problems. Mental disorders can manifest themselves in several ways and are often disguised as something else, and can only be uncovered with the help of a mental health professional. Some mental disorders with varying symptoms include:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Finding the Right Help
A psychologist can be a helpful tool in your proverbial health kit. By helping you keep a clear mind, and manage any stress, anxiety, phobias, and other problems you face, a psychologist can help you get the most out of life and keep you free from symptoms of depression and other mental problems.
The first step is finding a local psychologist and beginning a relationship that’s open, communicative, and prosperous. After that, it’s all about working together to maximize your mental health and help you live a better life.