Usually, we perfectly know when to call for a plumber, a doctor or a mechanic. But do we know when it’s the right time to call for a psychologist?
The answer may be a little complicated. However, there are some signs that can help you decide whether if you are in need of help or not:
- Physiological arousal in everyday situations. If you experience high heart rate, sweating, trembling, hyperventilation, unease or discomfort in a situation that shouldn’t trigger these symptoms you probably suffer from anxiety issues. Frequently, this will be accompanied by thoughts of concern. If this is the case, you should see a doctor in order to discard any medical issues and then ask for psychological therapy. Anxiety is one of the most well-known psychological issues and its treatment has a high success rate.
- Sadness, hopelessness and lack of energy. If you are regularly feeling sad, you are not in the mood of doing anything-even what you love doing-, you go out less and less, you don’t want to see anybody and you feel like life is boring and meaningless, it’s very important for you to ask for psychological help. Low mood problems, also known as depression, are frequent and fortunately can be addressed by a clinical psychologist. Due to the nature of the problem, probably it’s going to be a tougher decision to start a therapy; but it’s precisely in those circumstances when it’s crucial to do it. Depression issues are usually accompanied by dangerous thoughts, such as suicidal ones; and that’s another reason why it’s absolutely recommended to do psychological therapy when someone is going through depression.
- Dissatisfaction with social relations. Some people, unfortunately, haven’t learned how to get along with others. These people have no medical problems nor genetic flaws; they just haven’t had the opportunity to develop an adequate level of social skills. However, human beings are tremendously adaptive and they may learn new skills regardless their age. They are not doomed to a lonely life because they didn’t learn how to engage in a conversation when they were younger. A good psychologist will be able to teach you and train you if you have a lack of some social skills through a series of techniques, even addressing the thoughts that may be appearing and that may the reason why you don’t interact with others –things like “they’ll find me boring”, “they’ll think I’m an idiot”, “I’m sure that I’m a burden for them”. If you feel identified with some of these examples, it’s the right time to start a psychological therapy.
To finish with this first round of reasons to start a therapy, we would like to make a comment about frequency. It’s very important to point out that everyone, every one of us, feels nervous sometimes. We also sometimes feel sad or mess things up with friends. It’s completely normal to do and feel like that from time to time. What’s not normal is to feel sadness on a daily basis, of feeling anxiety every morning. The amount of times that something happens to you is a key factor for knowing if it’s something problematic or not; and, if you’re still not sure about it, consider asking us for an appointment and let us help you.