It’s not easy to reach out and get help when we’re facing mental health challenges in life. The main reason that it’s so hard actually isn’t because of the stigmas that exist, or because of how we feel others will judge us — though those are still common factors — but that we don’t even know or realise that we are suffering from the kind of problems that warrant professional help.
We hear about other people going to book a online psychotherapy session and we continue to assume that this is something that just happens to other people, but never us. And yet, many of the things others seek treatment for we too might be experiencing in ignorance. If you’re showing any of the following signs, then you might benefit from such professional sessions.
1. Your Irritable with Friends and Loved Ones
Everyone can get into a bad moon on occasion, especially if we’re thirsty, hungry, or overly tired and seem to be encountering difficulty and obstruction in even the simplest of tasks. But what if that mood becomes more of a regular occurrence, and even worse you seem to be always levelling it at the people who love you and care about you the most?
Increased sensitivity, irritability and quickness to anger are all classic signs that you’re going through something for which you might benefit from some professional help. It’s not normal to lose patience so easily, and especially with those who are there supporting and loving you. When it seems that their love and friendship are “getting in the way” of whatever it is you’re trying to think about, then it might be something you can no longer face alone.
2. You’re Struggling to Focus Even on Important Things
When you arrive at work with a mountainous to-do list, do you start working through it methodically, or do you find yourself distracted by social media, WhatsApp conversations, YouTube videos and other menial and meaningless tasks? You’ll spend perhaps an entire morning attending to these things while getting none of the things done that you need.
You might have problems with screen addiction, but you also might just be trying to mask serious stress and anxiety with simple, mundane, easy and effortless tasks that require no thought of application.
3. Your Sleep Patterns are Ruined
When suffering from serious mental health problems, sleep is one of the first and most severely impacted areas of life. Negative impacts on our sleep patterns are frequently linked to elevated levels of anxiety, or feelings of depression. Either we spend half the night or more awake fueled by our many worries, or we spend days trying to hide from problems by sleeping because sleep becomes a form of escape from reality.
Losing a regular sleep pattern has a number of ill effects that no one should have to go through. If therapy sessions can help get you back onto the right track, then you can’t really afford not to try them.
4. Anxiety Occupies Most of Your Daily Thinking
Finally, if you notice that you spend most of your daily thoughts occupied by anxieties, worries, stress about work and other things, then you are probably a good candidate for therapy. We all get a bit anxious at times, but when it’s taking over our daily thinking, there’s something bigger behind it that we have to try and address.
It could be that there are unresolved issues that are festering in our subconscious, or it could be that we are letting procrastination in our work allow us to become too overwhelmed with tasks that then overtake our thoughts. Whatever the cause, a professional can help us start to work it out.