8 Reasons to Seek Psychological Services

Sometimes coming to the decision to seek help can be difficult. You might not feel comfortable reaching out to a psychologist or worry about paying for it. Or you may have some reservations about confronting problems that you've held on to for a while. At Psychology Consultants, Inc., we're here to help.

While some people might think that there's a stigma surrounding mental health issues, we know that taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Below, we have identified some of the top reasons to seek psychological services:

1. You’re not feeling “like yourself” lately

Maybe it’s depression. Maybe you’re anxious about an event or season coming up soon. If you’re feeling like your life has fallen into a routine or that you don’t seem to have a sense of purpose anymore, it might be helpful to talk to someone about it. When you’re no longer enjoying activities you used to enjoy or having a hard time self-motivating, there might be an underlying cause and it might be time to seek psychological services to reconnect with the people you love.

2. You have become dependent on drugs or alcohol

If your using is affecting your finances, your family life or if you find yourself hiding your using from the people you love, it might be time to talk to a psychologist and/or enter a 12-step program. Regain control of your life and break the cycle before it’s too late.

3. You’ve gone through a major life change

Whether you’ve experienced the death of a loved one, a serious breakup or a stressful move, we’re here to help. Conversely, happy events such as marriage or childbirth can also throw you off balance and change your outlook on life. If you’re having trouble adjusting to a major life change, we can help you put together a plan to get back on track.

4. You’ve experienced a traumatic event

Experiencing trauma such as an accident, physical or sexual abuse or neglect can cause major health issues, both physically and mentally. Don’t keep it to yourself—the sooner you talk to someone about it the sooner you can work on healing yourself and learning healthy ways to cope with trauma.

5. You’re having thoughts of suicide/self-harm

This one may seem obvious, but sometimes those who experience thoughts of suicide might think that not even psychological intervention can help them. That’s simply not true. We can help you find solutions that will help you cope with thoughts of hopelessness and harming yourself.

6. Others have expressed concerns about you

Are your close friends or family members telling you that they’re worried about you? Has a trusted confidante expressed concern about you? Sometimes what you’re feeling on the inside projects itself outwards more than you think. Even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong, if someone you love and trust expresses concern, it might be time to talk to a psychologist.

7. An important relationship is in trouble

Whether you’re dealing with child behavioral issues or your marriage is teetering on divorce, we’re here to lend a listening ear and to help you work through your issues in a constructive and healthy manner. If a close relationship is a repeated source of pain, or if you feel like you’ve reached the end of your rope, it’s time to speak to a third party about it.

8. You’ve developed compulsive behavior(s)

Compulsive behaviors are sometimes a sign that your mental health is in trouble. If you find yourself overeating, gambling or exhibiting other compulsive behaviors that have gone beyond your control, you should speak to a psychologist to try to get to the root of the problem.

Though this list isn’t exhaustive, it does cover some of the most common issues and concerns that we treat in our private practice office.  No one knows you better than you know yourself, so if you are experiencing any of the above, know that our trusted psychologists have the tools and resources to help stabilize your mental health.

We provide a broad range of mental health services in order to build healthy relationships with yourself and the people you love. Call us today at 330.764.7916 to regain control of your mental health. If you are unable to reach a provider for an emergent need, please dial 911. You can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.