How to Know if You Should Seek Psychological Help

 Going to see a psychologist can be very beneficial. Check out this guide on how to know whether it is time to seek psychological help.

 Are you struggling to get out of bed in the morning after a full night's rest? Maybe it's feeling as though something is wrong but you can't quite place it. 

You try to ignore these and other issues or do your best to work through them, but nothing seems to help. At this point, you may be in need of psychological help. 

Sometimes seeking professional help is the best solution; it doesn't make you weak or 'different.' We're going to discuss when to see a psychologist so you are able to start feeling like yourself again. Keep reading for more information!

High Levels of Stress

Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the brain which is linked to depression, heart disease, and shorter life expectancy. It also can worsen anxiety to the point of not being able to tell the difference between the two. 

While you may be able to identify daily stressors in your life, you may not realize how they affect you as a whole. A psychologist can help you realize what is stressing you, whether you should continue to stress about it, and how to handle that stress.

Someone trained in stress management will help you identify all areas that are causing stress--not just the obvious ones. They will also shed some light on how you can decompress in a healthy manner. 

Feeling Numb, Hopeless, Uninterested

Depression affects everyone differently but it is far more complicated than simply feeling sad. You may tend to sleep & eat more or not at all. You may feel uninterested in doing things that previously brought you joy. 

These feelings aren't something to brush off or ignore. 

Every case is different and may be brought on by the loss of a loved one or relationship, seasonal changes, or hormonal imbalances. Clinicians can help identify the cause, help you through it, or help you obtain necessary medications. 

Psychological Help For Substance Abuse & Addiction

Addiction isn't the same as substance abuse, but they tend to go hand-in-hand. Typically addiction follows substance abuse but addiction can include non-chemical issues like sex, pornography, or gambling.

If you are drinking more than you should, using stimulants, opioids, or even too much caffeine, a visit with a professional might help find the root of the problem. You may be using chemicals or other addictions to self-medicate and help your brain release 'feel-good' hormones. 
 
Eventually, your brain won't create as many of those hormones and you will have to go to more extreme measures to achieve the same feeling as before. By finding the reason you are self-medicating, you can help avoid a dark, vicious cycle of addiction. 

Finding Help

The thought of reaching out for psychological help may send you into a panic or feel as though the psychologist will judge you. They won't! Their job is to help people work through hard times and difficult issues.

If you are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) Otherwise, take time to research clinicians in your area and ask for recommendations if you feel comfortable doing so. 
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