There are three words more difficult to say to someone aside from “I love you”, and these words are: “I need help.” Admitting you are in need of assistance is more challenging to declare versus a profession of love.
When it comes to asking for help and discussing the need for professional guidance, people often wonder if they truly need to see a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. Ergo, how do you know when it is time to ask for help? If you are experiencing any (or all) of these twelve signs, it is time to ask for help and seek the counsel of a qualified therapist:
1. You’ve given up hope.
2. You are hurting yourself.
3. You’re hurting other people.
4. You can’t feel joy or happiness.
5. You’re ignoring your responsibilities.
6. You are ignoring your friends and family.
7. You’re in a permanent state of despondence.
8. You no longer identify with yourself or your decisions.
9. Your emotional pain has affected your physical health.
10. Your personal and professional relationships are failing.
11. You can’t find the strength to get out of bed or leave your home.
12. You have been in a great deal of emotional pain for a significant amount of time.