The need for therapy extends far beyond basic mental health issues. Most are aware that those with depression, eating disorders, and other diagnoses, are strongly encouraged to seek the services of a licensed professional in order to cope and begin healing. However, those without a clear family history or diagnosis may not even know that a therapist may be able to help with the things affecting their lives and relationships.
1. Sudden Mood Swings
Abrupt and unaccountable changes in mood can be attributed to several different factors depending on the person and their situation. Though mood swings are sometimes connected to bipolar disorder, they can also be caused by other issues such as depression, stress, puberty, and pregnancy.
2. Loss of Motivation
Often, patients do not see their own lack of desire or willingness to do the things they normally enjoy. This loss of motivation to carry out everyday tasks, or engage in beloved activities, is usually first spotted by friends and family members who will ask about the change and suggest seeing a therapist to find the cause.
3. Feelings of Isolation
Perhaps you feel alone in a room full of people. It could be that you are going through something and it feels as if no one around you supports you or understands. These feelings are likely if you have been ill, suffered a recent personal or professional setback, or have lost connections with close family and friends after a change in your location.
4. Changes in Sleep Patterns
Depression and anxiety are the two most common reasons why someone’s sleeping patterns will change. Those with depression and a loss of motivation will often find they are sleeping more each day, but do not feel rested upon waking. On the other hand, stress and anxiety will likely cause bouts of insomnia as patients fret and worry over the things that are affecting their lives.
5. Substance Abuse
Substance abuse is not the reason to see a therapist or the problem with which she will help you learn to cope. Instead, therapists seek to find and treat the underlying issues that have led their patients to seek solace in drugs and/or alcohol.
6. Harmful Thoughts
Persistent thoughts of harming yourself or others is a very moral reason to see a therapist. Stress and trauma are two of the biggest causes of sudden harmful thoughts. Patients are less likely to act on these thoughts if they are able to find ways of dealing with the pain or frustration from which they stem.
7. Recent Trauma
Due to the host of ill-effects to which trauma can lead, seeking advice from a professional therapist early on helps patients learn to cope with the event. Patients being treated for a recent trauma are less likely to suffer from the issues often associated with events such as the sudden death of a loved one or the loss of a job.
8. Unexplained Health Changes
Patients who consider themselves to be healthy individuals will often see a therapist if their health seems to suddenly begin to deteriorate. They may find themselves feeling rundown, fluish, or suffering from new skin irritation. Therapy can help find the root causes of these sudden changes in health.
9. Lack of Work Ethic
Closely related to the previously mentioned loss of motivation, a lack of work ethic will show in a patient’s productivity on the job, difficult social interactions with co-workers, and poor feedback from their superiors.
10. Strained Relationships
In this case, the term “relationships” is referring to those which the patient feels the closest. Of course, those closest to patients may include their spouse, children, siblings, parents, old friends, and long-term co-workers. Without a clear indication of a cause for the decline in a relationship, it may be that one or both parties are actually dealing with issues unrelated to the other person.
In conclusion, it doesn’t take a diagnosis or a referral for someone to see a therapist. Doing so is also not a decision to be made by others. However, the ability to recognize that problems have arisen is one step in the right direction on the road to learning why these changes have occurred.