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How to know when you need help

Psychotherapy is one means for people to resolve problems and enhance their current way of living. Of course, there are other ways to bring about these changes too. Here are some signs that psychotherapy might be of use to you:

  • You have identified things in your life you would like to be different, but don't seem able to make the changes.

  • You are experiencing emotional distress - or intense emotions - and this seems to be getting in the way of you doing the things you want to do (or getting along with others in a way you'd like).

  • Such emotions can include sadness, anger, hopelessness, resentment, worry, panic, confusion, frustration, stress, fear, and feeling overwhelmed.

  • You are arguing with friends or loved ones more than usual.

  • You no longer enjoy the things you used to, and don't have new things that you enjoy to take their place.

  • You are feeling tired, weary, fatigued and emotionally drained.

  • You have many thoughts and feelings that you carry inside of you, but you don't feel comfortable sharing these with others (or you have tried, but others don't seem to understand).

  • You are at risk of losing something important to you such as a person, a job, or an aspect of your identity.

  • You have recently experienced an important loss or change in your life.

  • You do not have a good support network for yourself.

  • It's difficult for you to sleep or eat the way you have when you've felt better.

  • You have been feeling bad for such a long time that it's hard to remember when it didn't feel this way.

  • You have experienced a physical illness and are adjusting to its impact on your life.

  • You are very concerned about someone else's behavior and don't know what to do.

  • You're confused about what you want your future to hold.

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