Avoid Neglecting Your Problems And Seek Early Intervention

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You don't hesitate with your physical health, so why aren't you getting mental health checkups too?

Have you ever thought to yourself that something was bothering you, but it has not been enough of an impairment to bother fixing? Imagine that issue you are thinking of being compounded over several years. It is probably much worse now than it was originally, and has become a more difficult problem to solve (if it is even salvageable after years of neglect).

We often go to a doctor to have our medical problems diagnosed and resolved without hesitationand that occurs for many reasons such as not wanting to miss work, to avoid feeling badly, or to prevent one from getting their family sick. So why is our mental, emotional, or relational health different?

Therapy is often seen as a last resort. Unfortunately, when a problem reaches its pinnacle before serious attempts are made to fix it, it may already be too little too late. But seeking the help of a professional early is as important as going to the doctor’s at the first sign of illness; a preventative measure that will help immensely in the long run.

When people come to therapy early on, the problem has not yet overwhelmed them to the point where they have begun acting irrationally (examples of this are having an affair or becoming abusive). Thus, more serious problems may be avoided, and couples can develop a stronger bond than ever before. In fact, couples that have annual "check-ups" on their relationship have stronger partnerships than those who never request the help of a couple’s therapist.

Remember, the longer you wait to seek help for a problem, the harder the issue will be to resolve. So treat your emotional health the same way you would treat your physical health, and act on the problem before it becomes unmanageable. Early intervention leads to happier, healthier relationships! Chat with me about this on twitter.

This article was originally published at philadelphiamft.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.