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10 Signs You Should Consult a Mental Health Professional (Psychologist)

Bamise Adeseun

 

Stress can easily creep up on you like a thief in the night. There are numerous factors that contribute to stress compounding. For some, working long hours can trigger stress, not sleeping at least 8 hours a day for a couple of days, emotional stress and situations as simple as public speaking and fear of the dark. One way you can respond healthily to stressors and make lemonades out of the lemons life throw your way is by working with mental health specialists – Psychologists to work through these emotions and feelings.

Who is a psychologist, and can they assist with mental health conditions?

A psychologist is a mental health professional who uses psychological evaluations and talk therapy to help people learn to better cope with life, relationship issues and mental health conditions. 

Is a Psychologist a Counsellor or Therapist?

A clinical psychologist specializes in mental health conditions while a counselling psychologist addresses emotional, social and physical stressors. Both psychologists use therapy as a tool for mental health wellness.  

Talk to a psychologist today for as low as 3000 a month with Healthconnect24/7

When do you need to speak to a psychologist? 

Often, we experience stressors in our daily activities that may require a visit to a psychologist. We address some of them below, including:  

When Grieving 

– When unregulated emotions become the norm 

– When your head is in the cloud 

– When you’ve repressed emotions 

– Difficulty with Social Interactions 

– When under any form of stress 

– When battling with negative emotions, anxiety and depression

– Dealing with Traumatic Experiences 

– Low Productivity 

– Your physical well-being has gone south

 

When Grieving

Sometimes, life happens, and it leaves you trying to grapple with the pieces. Because we all deal with grief differently, it’s important to find a coping mechanism that works for you when you’re in this boat. Some deal with grief privately, while others like to let out those emotions. In whichever boat you find yourself, you can benefit from visiting a psychologist, because what a psychologist does is help you see the loss from an objective lens. Provide you with a safe space to blow off steam without fear of being judged or blamed, and walk you through those emotions in your head, whether negative or positive. 

When unbridled emotions becomes the norm

If you find yourself in a space where you’re constantly nagging or having outbursts, and you can’t seem to slow down to identify the triggers, it may be high time you take a pause from the hustle and bustle and go visit a psychologist. Because beneath those unregulated emotions, lies a lot of unresolved issues that need to be dealt with, issues a psychologist can help you declutter. 

When your head is in the cloud 

Most times, we need someone with an objective view to help us see things clearly. So, when your head is in the cloud and you can’t seem to put a name to the nuances going on in your head, then it’s high time to visit a psychologist. A psychologist would help you declutter those emotions and help you come to reasonable conclusions, and you can be sure you’d be leaving with a clear head. 

 When you’ve repressed emotions 

We’re social beings, and our emotions are not to be repressed, suppressed, or bottled up; they’re to be let out healthily. However, we may find ourselves in spaces where we’re not able to let out those emotions healthily because perhaps that’s the way we’re wired, or we’re in a hostile or stifled environment, or because our experiences in life have made those emotions repressed. If you find yourself in these spaces, then you might need to speak to a psychologist.

Sometimes, all we need is someone to walk us through the emotions in our heads, and that’s where a psychologist comes in; they walk you through those repressed emotions down to the root course and coping mechanisms you’d need to arm yourself with so you could go home a much better person. 

 You’re battling with negative emotions, anxiety and depression

Negative emotions can range from feeling of loneliness, rejection, self-criticism, jealousy, anger, fear, sadness to suicidal thoughts. Having a bout of these feelings from time to time may not be unusual, however, dwelling on these thoughts often is always where the problem lies, because they can interfere with our ability to function optimally. 

So, it’s important to find coping mechanisms for it such as therapy. Therapy can walk you through not only the coping mechanisms but also, help in identifying the triggers and patterns of negative thinking and emotions.  

Are you struggling with anxious and depressive thoughts persistently? Then therapy might just be what you need. A visit to the psychologist would help you identify and manage the factors that contribute to your anxiety and depression through different psychotherapy approaches. 

Talk to a psychologist today for as low as 3000 a month with Healthconnect24/7

 Difficulty with Social Interactions  

We’re social beings, as reiterated earlier. Everyone, whether you draw energy from being alone or with people, needs a dose of social interaction regularly, so when social interactions have become a bore to you; When you find yourself withdrawing from social interactions you often enjoy or you find yourself turning down the ones initiated by friends just to be by yourself persistently, it’s high time to visit a psychologist. 

  When under any form of stress 

When under mental or emotional stress, ” we turn to things that are rewarding, numbing, distracting, or destructive in order to cope, which explains why substance use and sex are often used as coping mechanisms,” says Dr. Durvasula. So, if you find yourself engaging in activities, you’d normally not enjoy but can’t help but indulge in, then therapy might just be what you need. 

   Dealing with Traumatic Experiences 

Traumatic experiences can leave scars ranging from panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorders to anxiety, depression, etc., and one of the ways its victims can heal from these experiences is by going to therapy. Therapy can walk you through the process of healing rather than doing it alone, which makes the process much easier and better. 

  Low Productivity 

 When you notice low productivity on the job, school, or anywhere you generally exert strength it may be high time to pay a visit to the psychologist, when people are under mental or emotional stress, they tend to have low morale which in turn affects their productivity. A trip to the psychologist’s office might just be the magic touch you need to get your mojo back as being there will expose you to tips on managing stress, and self-regulation strategies you need to arm yourself with. 

  Your physical well-being has gone south 

It’s not unusual to see someone under mental or emotional stress not pay attention to their physical well-being and this is because when you’re stressed, the farthest thing on your mind is your physical health care so oftentimes, when people are under any emotional or mental stress, their physical wellbeing tends to take the backseat, and this is no surprise as “mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression have both direct and indirect effects on our physical health—direct because psychological issues affect the central nervous system, which in turn has an impact on all other health systems (endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, etc.),” says Dr. Durvasula, so it’s important to spot this sign early and prioritize going for therapy. 

 Conclusion 

In whatever spot you’re on your journey to healing, you can be sure help is not far from you, and with HealthConnect247, we take the help further by bringing it closer to you. In the comfort of your home, you can get help right away just by calling our psychologists anytime of the day using our toll-free line 0-8000-432584 or by downloading the Health Connect app on iOS and Android.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Elektrische Installationstechnik May 23, 2024

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    • Bamise Adeseun May 23, 2024

      Thank you!

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