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Friday, June 8, 2012

When To Call a Therapist

Reason for making use of the therapy resource

What are some of the reasons a person might look into beginning therapy?  Here are some common experiences that people find they want help with:
  • Difficulty at work
  • Trouble at school
  • Social problems (chronic interpersonal issues or social fears or awkwardness)
  • Family strife
  • Feeling fearful with no apparent reason for it
  • Sleep disorder
  • Anxiety, nervousness, or shakiness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Sense that life is too much of an effort
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Feeling blue 
  • Eating disorder, often in the form of compulsive overeating
Other general causes for the call may have to do with:
  1. how the person views themselves,
  2. how well they may or may not be dealing with their problems
  3. friendships or lack of support/people they can count on
  4. wish to accomplish something and looking for assistance
  5. substance abuse or chemical dependency or a close relationship with one who has this issue
  6. chronic medical condition and how to handle it
By and large, most people come to therapy with anxiety or depression or both and in varying degrees.  Problems in their primary relationship rank up there with one of the most commonly seen problems by therapists.  Generally, just feeling stuck brings people to the therapy office; they have a dilemma and have not been able to solve it with their usual methods.  It may be a pattern, that is, a problem that has come up repeatedly in their life or it may be a new conundrum that they want help with how to figure out a way through.

Some people still think of therapy as being only there for "psychotic" people or the "certifiably insane" or "nutcases" (I have heard all of these descriptive terms from clients who, obviously changed their opinion or, from members of the general public who have not changed their opinion).  The truth is, the people seen in outpatient therapy offices come from all walks of life, sometimes with more severe disorders but, usually, with the ordinary challenges of life that everyone faces.

Do you have any questions about this list?

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes people just want the assistance of an objective person who may help them toward resolution of a problem presenting itself in their life. What a therapist has to offer at such a time is different from a friend or relative. So, it is simply a resource, like an attorney or physician or accountant. It isn't always about a need but often is just a use of professional aid.