We're continuing our discussion this week that points to signs indicating when we may need to seek out counseling. Each person is different in their decision to enter a therapists office. However, if you feel nudged after reading our blog this week, please seriously consider making an appointment with a counselor. Your Relationships Are Suffering
Feel distant from your spouse? Hanging up on your sibling? Quitting jobs every few years because you don't like the people you work with? There's endless "relationships" we have in life. Chances are if we're struggling with one relationship, we might be struggling with another one too.
There might also be a theme to the struggle in these relationships. Maybe we feel unheard, ignored, misunderstood, etc... There might also be a message we receive from those in the relationships we're struggling in: these individuals might be telling us we're angry, disengaged, selfish, etc...
You Have Experienced A Trauma or Particular Issue Which is Currently Impacting Your Life/Can't Quit Thinking About
Anytime we experience a traumatic event or anything weighing so heavily on our minds we can't quit thinking about it, it's always helpful to speak to a trusted counselor to process all the feelings involved. I can't tell you how many times we hear someone tell us how helpful it is just to talk through their worries and anxieties of their situation, even though nothing changes about that exact situation.
How do you know if you've experienced trauma? Read our blog on Trauma that describes the definition, signs and symptoms, and recovery.
You No Longer Experience the Same Joy/Zest You Once Felt
Most of us go through cycles of depression or low times in our lives. Generally this can be situational and we feel better once we get through that season of time.
If we realize we're experiencing a loss of joy, happiness or excitement for a period of time that never seems to go away, take notice. When did this first start? Is this connected with an event or loss? Is there an area of life that this feels more directed towards than other areas of life?
It's very important to notice when joy fades. This can be a warning sign of depression.
Again, each person has to come to their own decision to enter counseling. It's a very important decision that cannot be taken lightly. Thank you for reading. Please check back in as we have 6 more signs to share with you.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.