When you are struggling or especially in crisis, you need to reach out to someone who understands your problems and can help you. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you need therapy, or if that is even the right direction for you to reach out for help. There are many directions you can reach toward to find support. And there are several signs that you may need therapy. Knowing more about these topics can help you find someone who understands and can help you when you need it.

Signs you may need to reach out for help:

Changes in sleep schedule

The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is about 8 hours per night. However, some people tend to average anywhere from 7 to 9 hours per night. Other than those who are chronically sleep-deprived, most people know how many hours of sleep per night make them feel their best. If you notice that you have been sleeping several hours more, or less, per day, for over two weeks, then this would qualify as a significant change in your sleep schedule. By itself, it may not indicate that you definitely need therapy, but as part of a larger picture, it could help you understand where you are at in managing your mental health–and whether you need some help to get back to a healthy place.

    Symptoms of depression

    As described above, changes in your sleeping habits could be a symptom of depression, but these changes alone do not indicate depression. Other symptoms of depression include deep feelings of hopelessness, loss of enjoyment in activities that are usually fun or satisfying, and, in extreme cases, thoughts of being “better off dead” or other suicidal ideas. If you ever consider harming yourself or others, please understand that having those thoughts can be a sign of a mental health issue that therapy could help you deal with in a healthy way.

    Ways you can reach out for help:

    Check with your employer’s EAP

    Many employers offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is designed to provide short-term counseling services, work-life support, plus legal and financial guidance to help you and your family handle concerns constructively before they become major issues. These programs typically are confidential, available at no cost, and easy to access for quick intervention. Contact your employer’s Human Resources department or your supervisor for more information on your specific EAP options.

    Contact a mental health professional

    Counseling can be a critical form of support during a time of need. Sometimes, friends, family, peers, or even your own self care simply do not provide the support needed to help you go through difficult situations and come out the other side, ready to move forward in a positive way. Engaging in therapy sessions with a mental health professional can help you find the keys inside yourself to unlock your seemingly immovable problems.

    Contact Chenal Family Therapy for help today!