3 SIGNS IT'S TIME TO SEE A THERAPIST
Mental Health is something I never thought to discuss on my social media platforms although it lived alive and well in my household growing up. It wasn't until my boyfriend Art lost his battle to depression in 2012 that I was forced to confront mental health and the long history that surrounded me. I seeked therapy immediately (more on my personal journey here), but it took a few years for me to really open up about my healing online and how I took control of my mental health. Although my initial purpose of going to therapy was to deal with grief, I knew a part of me was also there to learn how to interact better with those going through pain. I've always had the best intentions for those around me, but sometimes it felt like I was subconsciously attracting people who were mentally ill and I couldn't do enough to help them. It was starting to take a toll on me and affect me in ways I couldn't understand or comprehend. I just wanted to fix everyone. I wanted to help so bad, but maybe the person I should really start with was ME.
Therapy changed my life and I will continue to sing its praises to anyone that's willing to listen. I'm not a therapist or licensed mental health professional. I'm just a girl with a story looking to inspire others to begin their own healing journey. I hope the following blog post written by mental health writer and therapist, Josie Rosario can be a spark in your journey to the best you.
Mental Health Matters
Contrary to popular belief, most people can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. You don't have to be "crazy" or on the verge of a meltdown either. Sometimes individuals are aware of the signs, and at other times, they may feel "off" but can't quite identify why.
Below are three signs that may signal it is time to see a therapist (in no particular order):
1. Increased feelings of sadness, anger or "not yourself"
Eating or sleeping more or less than usual, withdrawing from family and friends, or just feeling “off” may signal that it is time to talk to someone as serious problems can develop that impact your quality of life. If these feelings escalate to the point that you question whether life is worth living or you have thoughts of death or suicide, reach out for help right away.*
2. Something traumatic has happened to you or a loved one
Trauma is an emotional response to a deeply distressing event like an accident, divorce, or war. Two people can experience the same traumatic event and respond to it differently. When we experience trauma or support someone who has experienced trauma (i.e. first responders), it is important to develop healthy ways to cope so that it doesn't impact your life. Trauma creates fear that lingers in our subconscious that affects our decision-making among other things.
3. You have lost someone or something important to you
Grief can be a long and difficult process to endure. Having a strong support system is a great tool in addition to the help of an expert. It is common to seek help if you've experienced the loss of a loved one, a divorce or significant breakup, or the loss of a job, especially if you’ve experienced multiple losses in a short period of time.
*If you or anyone you know needs help and support with deep sadness, depression, and/or suicidal ideation, please know that there is help!
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK
- NAMI Mental Illness Helpline: 800-950-6264
- Mental Health America: 800-273-8255
- Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ Youth): 866-488-7386
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
If you're interested in learning more about the process of finding a therapist and how to begin your personal journey please check out my upcoming Good Vibes & Chill digital workshop on demystifying the process of finding a therapist in partnership with Josie Rosario, M.S.Ed, RYT on July 12th, 2018.
If a virtual workshop is not your thing, please check out this amazing guidebook created by Josie to begin your therapy journey.