Why should I seek professional help?
Have you ever noticed that in life we tend to get regular reminders that no one is guaranteed tomorrow? While sometimes these reminders are uncomfortable or painful, they can also be useful. They can give us fresh perspective. They can give us a more thankful or careful attitude towards the time we have. Take a moment to reflect.
- Are you satisfied with your life and life-priorities?
- Can you enjoy your day-to-day activities?
- Are you are feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or indecisive?
- Can you achieve the goals you have set for yourself?
- Are you maintaining and nurturing important relationships?
- Are you feeling “stuck”?
- Can you “let go” of sadness or irritability?
- Are you in control of your emotions and behaviors?
- Are you living without regrets?
A PSYCHOLOGIST can help if you are concerned about your answers to any of the questions above.
Don’t Settle: Recovery can be Your Reality
- You are not alone. Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer a mental health problem in any given year? We all need to take care of our emotional health.
- Mental health can have a big impact on quality of life. Getting professional help is a smart thing to do. While self-help programs can be beneficial, there is evidence that therapist-guided treatments are more effective than self-help initiatives. Seeking quality advice with a mental health problem is just as important as seeking qualified help with a physical health problem. You should not ignore your emotional wellbeing, just as you should not ignore symptoms of a fever, a broken bone, or cancer.
- Early intervention is the best way to avoid unnecessary suffering and to prevent worsened problems in the future. Sometimes even a short intervention (4-6 sessions) with a skilled and compassionate therapist is all that is needed to resolve a problem or to improve coping.
- If you are still unsure about whether to seek professional help ask yourself the following questions;
- How long has my problem continued?
- How much have I already lost?
- Have I stopped doing the things that I enjoy?
- Am I risking the breakdown of my closest relationships?
- Am I risking the loss of opportunities?
If your problems have lasted for more than a few months or have caused a pattern of distress or interference in your life, then now is the time to seek professional input. Don’t wait.