It can be difficult to ask for help, especially for those of us used to hearing some old adages such as, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” or “Man up.” But on the first session with a counselor, many observe that it is cathartic just to unburden themselves of being alone with the struggles. This paves the way to begin sorting through those struggles continue to feel lighter.
So, when should you seek help? Here are a few basic starting points to consider.
Everyday life has become overwhelming
Work, personal relationships, or self-care are becoming difficult/are impacted
You are struggling with a loss
Preparing for or struggling with a major change
Significant changes in your behavior
You and your counselor have decided a higher level of care is necessary
You and your provider are finding it challenging to balance your psychiatric meds to manage symptoms
You are experiencing suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, hallucinations, self-harm and you do not currently have a counselor or access to one