Say the word therapy to ten different people and chances are you’ll get ten different responses, including misconceptions. What isn’t a misconception is our need to talk about difficult emotions and situations, and work through any challenges that have become stumbling blocks. Participating in therapy is not a sign of weakness, rather it shows strength and courage, and willingness to take control of your mental and emotional health. The stigma surrounding mental health and therapy is slowly changing for the better as the importance of true self-care grows. Each person has different motives for going to therapy, some more common than others, which makes it a very personal journey. You, sometimes with the aid of people closest to you, are able to best recognize when something in your mental or emotional well being doesn’t feel right. Some of the most common reasons to seek help might include:
- Experiencing mood swings or having more negative thoughts or moods, reach out. A therapist can help you to pinpoint the reasons behind your thoughts and feelings, and recommend appropriate coping strategies. Likewise, if you’re using a substance as a coping mechanism, a professional can help you to confront and manage what’s going on in your life.
- Withdrawing from the activities and people that used to bring you happiness, it may be a sign of an underlying issue. In therapy, you’ll have the opportunity to explore what’s going on in your life in a confidential and accepting environment.
- Experiencing a disruption in sleeping habits could be a signal that there is something deeper going on. Therapy can be one of the best investments you can make to ensure your current well-being and happiness.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most commonly used psychotherapeutic intervention worldwide, but whatever techniques or treatments you participate in, therapy is a powerful tool that can help decrease emotional suffering and increase psychological well-being. If you’re having thoughts about self-harm or suicide, talking to a professional can help you to sort through harmful thoughts and emotions. Suicide is a totally preventable situation, and a short-term answer not a long-term solution. If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide seek out immediate help.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you throughout your recovery journey. We can help you be a healthier version of yourself. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and help you today!