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With all of the wonderful self-help books and resources available today, sometimes it’s hard to know whether you really need therapy. Maybe the problem that you are experiencing is something that you could take care of on your own. That certainly would be cheaper!

However, there are some instances in which self-help may not be enough. Here’s a list of some of those instances where you might want to seek professional help, especially if you’ve tried the self-help route and it’s not working.

It’s Hard To Smile

If this is happening to you, you know what I mean. Funny things just don’t seem funny anymore. Activities that you once enjoyed don’t seem enticing. You find yourself feeling more like an observer than a participant in life. These are signs that you may be experiencing Depression, which is a real illness. As much as you may want to, you cannot just snap out of depression; it actually requires treatment.

Your Body Is Talking To You

You get frequent, unexplained headaches, stomach-aches, insomnia, or colds that you just can’t shake. If you’ve been to a medical doctor and there doesn’t seem to be a physical explanation for your symptoms, it could be that stress is causing your discomfort. Often, your body will act as a messenger, letting you know that something just isn’t right. At times, the thing that is bothering you may be in your subconscious mind so you may not even be aware of it yet. Even though your conscious mind doesn’t know what’s wrong, your body knows that there is something that needs to be addressed. Listen to your body! It knows more than you may think.

You’ve Been Through A Traumatic Event

Whether you’ve had a car accident, been assaulted, or lost a loved one, experiencing a trauma can do a number on your psyche. Even if you don’t develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you may still experience symptoms such as being unable to stop thinking or dreaming about whatever happened to you. Healing from a trauma is not something that you should do alone. Without professional help, you might repress the emotions associated with the event and avoid thinking about and processing them, which can cause big problems down the road.

You’re Using Substances To Get You Through The Day

I know, I know, lots of people have a drink or a smoke now and again to unwind. But if you can’t get through a day without a couple of drinks or a few hits off the bong, chances are, your usage isn’t purely social. Recreational drug use is supposed to be fun, not mandatory. Often, people with mental illness use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and that’s when it becomes a problem. Going to therapy can help you learn alternative coping skills so that you aren’t left feeling stressed and anxious without a drink or your drug of choice.

Your Friends And/Or Family Are Concerned

If others have commented that you don’t seem to be doing well, or if your relationships are taking a turn for the worse, it’s probably time to see a professional. Sometimes, the people around you are your best chance at seeing yourself honestly. On the other hand, it might be the people around you who are driving you crazy! Either way, getting an objective view from a qualified therapist can help you see clearly, once again.

If you’d like to schedule a free consultation to discuss whether therapy is right for you, contact me. I’m here to help!

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