5 Signs You Should See a Therapist

Life has many ups and downs that all of us face. Whether it’s work stress, family conflict, life transitions, or the loss of a loved one, difficult times happen to all of us. Most of the time we are able to get through these tough times. We experience painful emotions for a while, seek support from loved ones, and then we slowly start to feel better, returning to our normal routine. However, sometimes things don’t return to normal. Sometimes the disturbing emotions don’t go away. Sometimes we struggle to return to our normal routines. Or sometimes, the conflict or stress doesn’t go away. It’s during these times that we need more support, and when seeing a therapist might be a good idea. Here are some signs that it’s time to see a therapist:

  1. Normal, healthy coping skills are not providing relief from overwhelming emotions

    When we go through a stressful time in life, most times our normal, healthy coping skills are enough to get us through. However, if you notice that these coping skills that normally work are no longer working, then it might be time to see a therapist.

  2. Interpersonal conflict or stress seems to be increasing, not decreasing

    After a stressful situation or time in our life, usually things start to calm down as we find a resolution. However, if the conflict or stress is not decreasing or is getting worse, it might be time to see a therapist.

  3. You’re having an increase in depression or anxiety symptoms

    If we are exposed to stress or overwhelming feelings for too long, we might notice new or worsening anxiety or depression symptoms. This is a sign that the stress from the situation is affecting you at a more severe level, and seeing a therapist could help you identify deeper issues, or ways of resolving the stress and/or conflict.

  4. You’re unable to return to normal functioning at home or work

    Sometimes when we go through periods of stress or transition, our responsibilities and work or home might be affected. This is normal to a certain point. If you notice that you are unable to resume functioning at home or work, then it may be time to see a therapist to help you determine the obstacles to resuming your normal daily activities.

  5. You notice yourself turning to unhealthy outlets for coping

    When stress, conflict, or overwhelmed feelings increase to a certain point, sometimes our normal healthy coping skills are not enough to achieve relief. In this case, sometimes reaching for a substance like alcohol or drugs, or engaging in other unhealthy coping skills might sound appealing. However, this is a sign that you need more support to help you cope with your current situation. If your normal coping skills are not working and you are considering turning to other unhealthy coping skills, it is time to see a therapist to help you work through your circumstances in a healthy way.

    I hope this post is helpful in learning more about the signs that might indicate seeing a therapist would be a good idea. Stay safe and well and reach out anytime!