7 signs you need to see psychologist and how to ready yourself for it

There are times when dealing with challenges is tough, but if you feel bogged down by everything around you, then it’s time you pay attention to these signs.
A woman during a cognitive behavioral therapy session
Therapy can transform your life for the better. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 6 Apr 2021, 06:14 pm IST
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Life is hard, but sometimes it can really take a toll on you! What we essentially mean is the journey is riddled with challenges, and it might get difficult for some people to endure it. For others, their approach to deal with obstacles might not be the best, and that could lead to some long-lasting repercussions in the future. Whatever it is, if you’re going through emotional struggles and are overflowing with anxiety every moment of the day, making it almost impossible to deal with it, then it’s most likely that you’re suffering from a mental health problem. 

Of course, there are several pills available in the market today that might bring down your anxiety, but is that a long-term solution? That’s where a psychologist steps in to help you deal with your challenges. That’s because untreated mental health problems can also lead to the inability to function in your day-to-day life. Moreover, it causes difficulty in relationships, increased risk of health issues, hospitalisation, and even suicide.

But before we get down to the details, how do you really know if you need to seek a psychologist? 

Signs that show you need therapy

There are several signs that will help you understand, if you need to get help or not. 

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Therapy helps you to accept certain areas of your life. Image courtesy: Unsplash
  1. Feeling overwhelmed: This can happen sometimes, and it’s pretty normal. But if you feel like there are too many things to juggle at all times, so much so that you can’t rest at all. Then, it’s time to get some help. That’s because stress can really manifest in the form of various health issues. 
  2. Fatigue: Again, feeling tired or fatigued sometimes is not an issue, but if this is what you feel all the time, then it’s a cause for concern. That’s because fatigue is almost always a by-product of a mental health issue, and in certain people, it can indicate depression. 
  3. Constant feelings of anger and rage: If you get enraged and it carries on for long, then it means there’s some issue! For some, it could lead them to become violent and dangerous. 
  4. Agoraphobia: The term agoraphobia conveys a fear of being in certain places and situations. This could make a person feel trapped. 
  5. Lack of interest: If you find yourself losing interest in daily life, or in everything you enjoyed, it can indicate mental health issues like depression or anxiety. 
  6. Hopelessness: You could feel demotivated from time to time, but if you feel there’s no motivation in anything you do, or you don’t look forward to the future, it’s a sign of depression or any other mental health condition.
  7. Social withdrawal: There are many introverts who prefer spending time on their own, but if you feel troubled being around others or fear being with other people, then it’s time you consider a good psychologist. 
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Your mental health needs your attention too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
How can you ready yourself for therapy?

We understand it isn’t easy to open up before someone you don’t know, and it’s bound to make you a little anxious and nervous. But remember a psychologist is a professional who can help you feel better, guiding you to make certain changes in your life. If you’re committed and focused, you are bound to transform your life! 

First of all, remember that therapy is a space where you can be unapologetically yourself! So, whether you are ashamed of something or feel vulnerable, don’t be afraid to show it. That’s because a psychologist is trained to help you deal with it. Moreover, therapy helps you to accept certain areas of your life, and helps you trigger change in other areas, so that your life becomes much simpler. 

Also, whatever your goals are, make sure to write it down and communicate it to your therapist. You need to be very specific about the problems, challenges and goals that you aim to achieve, so that your purpose is fulfilled. 

Last but not the least, remember therapy is a safe space, where no one is going to judge you for the way you are! You need to believe in this and work towards being a better version of yourself, with the help of your therapist.

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