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Is it time to see a therapist?

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Saturday, November 17, 2012 Under: Therapy

 
For many, the decision to start therapy is a big one.  Before making that first appointment most people spend a significant amount of time trying to handle their problems on their own, venting to friends and leaning on family.  Sometimes ignoring a hard situation or dealing with it alone feels like the best or only option.  

How do you know when it’s time to reach out and get support from a professional?  A good time to get help is when you feel hopeless - as if things will never get better.  Here’s a list to help you decide:

10  reasons to consider seeing a therapist
1. You’re using drugs, alcohol or self-harm to cope with your anxiety or depression.
2. You find yourself crying most days.
3. You are frequently irritable and annoyed - and avoid others because of that.
4. You have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual trauma.
5. You have lost a loved one and your grief is overwhelming or lasting longer than you expected.
6. You find yourself unable to stop restricting food, bingeing or purging.
7. You have fears, anxiety or panic that get in the way of regular life activities.
8. You have frequent thoughts of dying or suicide.
9. You feel persistent negative thoughts about yourself.
10. You have physical problems with no medical explanation - like headaches, stomach pain, or fatigue.

Everyone goes through hard times. But if your problems feel unmanageable or overwhelming, and your usual coping tools aren’t working anymore, it is probably a good time to get professional help.  

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