8 Signs You Should See A Therapist

Posted on February 21, 2014

Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you're feeling off it can be hard to know if it's time to see a professional about the problem. And apparently, those who would benefit from some therapeutic intervention are not seeking it enough: While one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, only about 46-65 percent with moderate-to-severe impairment are in treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

And while identifying and managing diagnosable mental illness is a priority in the psychiatric community, psychological help for those without a clear condition to manage can be just as important. Aside from suffering needlessly, those in distress may actually make the problem worse by avoiding professional help.

Here are a few of the signs you can pick up on that indicated you can benefit from therapy:

Everything you feel is intense - "We all get angry and sad, but how intense and how often? Does it impair or significantly change your ability to function?" asks Alvord.

Feeling overcome with anger or sadness on a regular basis could indicate an underlying issue, but there's another intensity to be on the lookout for: catastrophizing.

You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system - "If we're emotionally upset, it can affect our bodies," says Alvord. Research confirms that stress can manifest itself in the form of a wide range of physical ailments, from a chronically upset stomach to headaches, frequent colds or even a diminished sex drive. Reidenberg adds that more unusual complaints like muscle twinges that seem to come out of nowhere (read: not after a big workout) or neck pain can be signs of carried stress or emotional distress.

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Source material from Huffington Post


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