According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, but only about 46-65 percent of individuals with moderate to severe impairment are in treatment. This low rate is often attributed to the stigma and myths attached to seeing a therapist. In past years, it was generally assumed that only someone with serious mental disorders had reason to see a psychologist. However, anyone can benefit from psychological services that enhance and maintain physical and mental health, and promote honesty and balance in daily life.
Everyone experiences moments of imbalance caused by sadness, stress, grief, conflict, and other realities of life, causing uncertainty about the need to seek professional help. A psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained to identify thought and behavior patterns that stand in the way of a productive, fulfilling life. Below are a few reasons one may want to consult a psychologist.
- Everything you feel is intense.
- You’ve endured trauma, and you can’t stop thinking about it.
- You have unexplained or recurrent aches, a run-down immune system, or other health issues.
- You feel disconnected.
- You’re using a substance to cope.
- Your relationships are strained.
- Your friends or loved ones have told you they’re concerned.
Mental and emotional health are essential components to overall health and wellness. Therapy offers the tools necessary to maintain mental health, just as physicians offer tools to keep you physically healthy. You know yourself; act on your intuition. It’s simply a question of measuring what you can manage. Anything that makes you feel overwhelmed or limits your ability to function is worth exploring with a psychologist.