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When to consult a professional?

Navigating through the storms that life sends your way can be taxing. The tumultuous waves can rock your boat and make you doubt your ability to face obstacles. But remember, the sun always comes out again.

You are resilient and have overcome many challenges in the past. You are used to weathering the storms and staying the course, even when the waves come crashing down. That’s what makes it so hard to know when it’s time to seek professional help. What makes this storm different from all the others you’ve been through alone?

It’s important to know that you don’t have to navigate through these storms by yourself, even if you’re capable of doing so. You always have the option. You don’t have to wait until you’re on the verge of sinking to ask for help. Consulting a professional can make your voyage easier and ensure that your vessel stays in good condition.

Now, how do you know if you need help? There is no right or wrong time to seek help. Nonetheless, there may be signs indicating that you’re ready to initiate the therapy consultation process.

It might be time to see a professional if...

  • You constantly feel overwhelmed by what’s going on, your emotions or your responsibilities.

  • Your emotions are intense, and you often feel like you’re going to explode.

  • You feel an emotional void, as if you are disconnected from your deepest emotions.

  • You’ve experienced a significant loss, like the loss of a loved one, a relationship or a job, and you’re finding it hard to cope.

  • You’ve experienced trauma that continues to haunt your thoughts and well-being.

  • Your substance use (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.) is worrying you and affecting your daily life.

  • You’ve noticed that you always get stuck in the same patterns in your relationships, your work or your life in general.

  • You feel the need to talk to someone outside your usual circle and really be heard.

  • Your relationships are fragile, unsatisfying or toxic.

  • You feel that you’re not living the life you want or should be living.

Don’t forget that asking for help is an act of courage and taking responsibility for your well-being. A mental health professional will be able to provide you with expert, sympathetic support to help you weather the storms and regain your balance.


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