Many people fear seeking helping because they believe they don’t fit the “criteria” of what requires treatment – common misconceptions are that a person must have symptoms of being “crazy” or “on the brink of a meltdown” in order to attend therapy and treatment. This couldn’t be further from the truth; here are several signs you need to seek help:
- Feeling upset, easily angered, and not “yourself”. When unhappiness outweighs happiness and negative patterns are developing, this is a valuable time to seek treatment. Even if you have a “constant nagging feeling” that something is wrong without knowing the reason, seeking treatment is a great reason for this.
- Abusing substances to cope with your feelings. When you turn outside of yourself for comfort and reassurance, to help you deal with your problems – that means you need to seek help immediately before these unhealthy behaviors get worse and become an addiction, which can take over your life.
- Losing something or someone that means a lot to you. According to the University of California – Davis, grief is defined as the emotional suffering you feel when someone or something you love is taken away. Examples of what may cause grief are: a relationship breakup, loss of health, loss of job, loss of financial stability, a miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of a cherished dream, a loved one’s serious illness, loss of a friendship, and loss of safety after a trauma.
- You have experienced trauma. The Royal College of Psychiatrists states that trauma can cause feeling of fear, helplessness, anger, guilt, sadness, shame, relief, and hope. No matter the traumatic event, it’s important that you speak with someone to work through your experience, thoughts, and feelings.
- You no longer enjoy the things you used to. Painful emotions and experiences can often lead us to depression, keeping us from living life and doing the things we love. Healthy Place notes that seeking help means that we are not alone anymore. We have another person that we can talk to about our problems, someone else that we can rely on. From there, we can continue building our support system.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline Prevention number immediately at 1-800-273-8255. You are worth it. Don’t give up – there are people out here that care about you.
If you are ready to seek treatment at a facility that truly cares about your recovery, call us today at 888-316-3665. New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several mental health and addiction recovery treatment centers. We believe in holistic, integrative health, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for a consultation.