When do you know you need to seek help? For some it’s after a major incident, when when life stretches us so thin we are afraid we may snap in two or break into a million pieces. For others it is when those around us notice a major shift in our behavior Then for others the help comes too late. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Have you experienced a major life change? A major life change includes anything from a new job to a marriage.
2. Do you have a history of mental illness? If you have experienced a bout a depression in the past you are at risk for future bouts if untreated. The same goes for other types of mental illness, anxiety, psychosis, etc…
3. Does anyone in your family have mental illness? People with a first degree relative with a mental illness have a higher chance of also having a mental illness. It’s a little nature and a little nurture.
4. Have you noticed a recent change in your behavior? Have you been crying more lately? Are you angry more often? Maybe you’ve lost a number of friends because of your actions. Keep aware.
Sometimes a shopping trip, a walk, a talk with friends is all you need to elevate and change your mood. Sometimes it’s not enough. This is a pretty serious sounding public announcement from your resident psychologist Cupcakes, but if you are looking or know anyone who is looking for a clinician here is an amazing link. PSYCHOLOGIST TODAY