When is it time to seek counseling?
Everyday stress stemming from work, family, school, finances, or personal struggles can cause an occasional rough day for any of us. Unfortunately, for some people, the stress causing a rough day can create interference in their lives for longer periods - weeks, months, or even years. How do you decide when your rough days are becoming unmanageable? How do you know when it’s time to seek counseling?
To guide your decision, try asking yourself a simple series of questions:
- Is it disrupting my typical sleeping or eating habits?
- Is it impacting my personal relationships?
- Are my problems getting in the way at work or school?
- Am I self-medicating with drugs or alcohol?
If you answer yes to any of the questions, then it may be time for counseling.
You may be thinking that only deeply disturbed people need counseling, or that counseling is not a financially viable option. These are only some of the myths regarding mental health treatment. The truth is everyone can benefit from counseling at some point in their lives.
There are many reasons why someone may seek counseling. Some come for support with feelings of depression or anxiety. Some for help managing experiences related to trauma, death of a loved one, illness, loss of employment, or any event difficult to cope with. Some clients seek counseling shortly after a new marriage, a new baby, or while considering adoption. Children who are having trouble in school due to truancy, ADHD, or behavioral problems experience measurable improvements with counseling.
Therapists work with clients to create individual treatment plans tailored towards client goals. In addition to private counseling sessions, therapists and clients may develop a treatment plan utilizing therapeutic support groups or wellness activities available in their community. If your treatment plan includes medication, you will most likely see a psychiatrist at least once every three months to assess symptom improvement, and make sure the medication is working for you.
It’s important to remember that these struggles and feelings won’t last forever. The success rates for most mental health treatments are higher than those for many medical conditions, making counseling an effective treatment option. The bottom line is that if you’ve been struggling with your emotional health and well-being with little relief for a while, help is available. You could start with your family physician or contact Community Reach Center directly.
May is Mental Health Month – a good time to reflect on ways you can add more meaning to your life. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or other emotional difficulties, help is available through Community Reach Center locations in Thornton, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn and Westminster. Visit us online at www.communityreachcenter.org or call (303) 853-3500, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call Colorado Crisis Services for 24-Hour assistance: (844) 493-8255 (TALK) or dial 911 for emergency assistance.
Founded in 1957, Community Reach Center has outpatient offices in Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton, Brighton and Westminster, and operates three residential-treatment homes. To learn about Community Reach Center or our counseling services, visit www.CommunityReachCenter.org or call (303) 853-3500.