Signs You Should Seek Help

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Signs You Should Seek Help

Many people that could truly benefit from seeking mental health counseling don’t, simply because they aren’t sure if what they are experiencing truly warrants “talking to someone” about. While it is true that some things can be dealt with by an individual fairly appropriately, there are some issues and behaviors that may require a clinical professional’s expertise to help navigate in a healthy way.  Here is a quick reference of behaviors or signs that may warrant looking into professional counseling for yourself or loved one.

Extreme or sudden changes in mood, behaviors, or reactions. While everyone is allowed to have a change in mood here or there, if you find yourself veering from extreme happiness and excitement to extreme irritability and anger due to an insignificant event, you would benefit from talking to a clinical professional. Rapid and extreme mood shifts, especially when accompanied by an inability to regulate emotions could be a sign of a serious, but treatable mental health issue. If you find yourself or your loved one engaging in high risk behaviors often, such as gambling, drug use, etc. this could be a major hint that you should seek out help, even if it has not yet affected your day to day life. Additionally, if you tend to react very strongly to small events, and often feel badly about how your reacted in the moment, this could be a strong indication that professional help could be a good option for you.

Obsessive or pre-occupation with appearance, success, or sex.  While it is hard for anyone, especially a young adult to not feel some pressure about their attractiveness, appeal, and success, a true pre-occupation with these things can be a sign of something deeper that needs to be addressed. If thoughts about these types of things are interfering with daily living, it may be a sign that a professional should step in and help. If these obsessive thoughts about yourself are accompanied by a sense of false grandiosity or imagined self- importance, that can be a good sign it’s time for a clinical professional to do a mental health evaluation. While in the short-term these behaviors may not be as bothersome to those around you, allowing this type of thought process long-term can have serious detrimental effects on you and your relationships with loved ones. A mental health evaluation would allow a clinical professional to help you understand where you can seek help for what is causing these thoughts.

Depressed mood and extreme tiredness. Depression is fairly common among adolescents and adults, and unfortunately it is often written off as “feeling down” until it has become so serious that it begins affecting your life. Signs that your low mood may be true depression are low self-esteem, loss or increase in appetite or sleep, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, withdrawing from friends and family, feeling hopeless, extreme fatigue, poor academic or work performance, and irritability. Depression can be screened for and treated with professional help and sometimes may require medication. Ignoring the warning signs and symptoms of depression can lead to decreased quality of life and serious repercussions.

Suicidal thoughts or self-harm. Anytime you have thoughts about hurting yourself or others you should seek help immediately. These are major warning signs that clinical help is needed. Even if you don’t have a plan or idea of how you want to harm yourself, if you have thoughts about it at all or have started self-harm it is important to seek treatment immediately. Do not wait or rationalize any harming thoughts or behaviors, immediately seek help.

Flashbacks or nightmares of a traumatic event in your life. While you may think about unpleasant things that happen from time to time, if flashbacks or nightmares of such events are causing true distress or anxiety, you should seek help. Flashbacks can feel extremely real to the individual experiencing them, and can invoke a myriad of emotions that can make having a normal life hard. These flashbacks can lead to other emotional issues that can make dealing with the actual traumatic event very hard. It is important to seek help if you are having flashbacks or nightmares about an event so that a professional can help you process what you are feeling and heal from the event.

If you think you or a loved one would benefit from professional help or a mental health evaluation, contact us today. We have licensed clinicians waiting to help you!

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