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  • Matt McTeague

Signs to see a counselor

Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions? If you're finding it difficult to focus on school or work because of mental health symptoms, a licensed counselor can help you. Overwhelming stress, lack of energy, and anxiety can all hold you back from living a high quality of life. Therapy can help you learn how to cope with any issues you have been grappling with and find ways to live to your true potential. It can be difficult to pinpoint when it's the right time to see a counselor. Below, we break down some of the indicators that speaking with a counselor can benefit you.

Signs to see a counselor

1) Your sleep schedule has drastically changed

Are you tossing and turning and having sleepless nights? If so, that can be an indicator that you have something unresolved or a problem that is keeping you up at night. Your sleeping patterns speak volumes about your mental health. If you notice that you are having recurring sleepless nights, it may be time to speak with a counselor.

2) Your relationships are impacted

Whether you are grappling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue, they can take a toll on some of the relationships in your life. These symptoms can cause you to withdraw from social interaction or have a hard time managing your emotions, causing strain on the relationships you have in your life.

It's hard to maintain healthy relationships when dealing with anxious thoughts.

3) Your mental health is affecting your physical health

Your mental health can affect your physical state, so if you notice more issues than normal, that is something to be mindful of during the day. Some common physical symptoms are headaches and stomach issues. Anxiety, depression, and emotional distress can cause a host of physical symptoms. It's important to speak with your primary physician first. If there are no physical issues, they may refer you to a therapist.

4) Difficulty in work or school

Do you have a hard time staying on task or managing your responsibilities throughout the day? If that's the case, a counselor can help you determine the root of the issues you are experiencing. If you are feeling burnt out, struggling to manage your emotions, or performing to your standard level, you may be struggling with symptoms of mental health.


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