You don't need to suffer from a diagnosed mental health problem to benefit from talking therapy:
Sometimes life just gets on top of you!
Perhaps a significant life event has triggered a difficult episode?
Perhaps someone in your family or social circle is suffering and you don't know how to help them?
In the same way that we are all encouraged to check regularly on our physical health, prodding this bit and that to establish whether it needs the attention of a qualified professional, we can adopt a similar approach to our mental health. Sometimes our mental health is affected suddenly, but just as often, we experience a slow and gradual decline; perhaps barely noticing the extent to which we are affected until something triggers a realisation.
One in four people in the UK suffers from mental health issues
There are a few questions we can ask to help ourselves to recognise that perhaps we need to steps to improve our lot, and if we find that circumstances haven't changed after a few weeks and our troubles are starting to affect other areas of our lives, we know we need to seek further help.
Ask yourself these questions...
- Do you feel overwhelmed and that you can't cope?
- Are you sleeping more or less than normal?
- Are you eating more or less than normal?
- Are you losing interest in your social life and the things you usually enjoy?
- Are you disregarding your appearance or personal hygiene?
- Are you irritable or unable to contentrate?
- Do you lack confidence?
If you answered YES to two or more of these questions, you should speak to someone about how you are feeling. If feelings persist, contact a qualified counsellor.