Mental Health: When It’s Time for a Therapist
If your recent “mental health day” has turned into more of a “mental health month,” you might want to transition from self-care to that of a trained therapist. While it can be difficult to determine if your winter blues are the sign of something more serious, a therapist can be a great resource for pretty much everyone who has unanswered questions, needs support, or is facing a challenge at work or home. Therapists can help you cope with everything from romantic relationships to excess worry, from addiction issues to charged emotions.
“Everyone struggles at some point, and those struggles can just be a stumbling block or they can be a sign of something bigger,” said Dr. Jewelia Wagner. “Making the decision to see a therapist is very personal, but it can also be very valuable, giving you the chance to connect with an unbiased professional with training and insight.”
Ultimately, if you have an issue that is distressing you and it is either getting worse or interfering with your day-to-day life, you might want to consider seeing a therapist or seeking professional support. Likewise, if you have unexplained headaches, stomach aches or other physical issues, these may also be a sign of emotional distress.
If you choose to visit with a therapist, you can seek recommendations from friends or family members or talk with your doctor. It is important to find someone who is licensed and to verify coverage from health insurance, if applicable. Consider issues such as specialty, location and availability of appointments. Further, it is completely acceptable to call and gather further information to determine if that person will be a good fit for your particular needs.