Spotting a person who has mental health issues is not always easy. If you look at the people around you, it will give you a good idea at the type of people who struggle with it. They are average people who realize that they needed help to overcome an obstacle to reach their goals. They probably have been so good at hiding any issues that they are the ones that you admire for having it all together.
A typical description of life when someone is experiencing mental health issues is: “I felt so lost, like I was drowning. I couldn’t catch my breath and started thinking I was going crazy. I made myself busier and busier hoping no one would notice. I thought of myself as a failure, like I should be doing more, fixing myself. But it just got worse. Finally, I sought therapy and things changed. I was able to stop feeling overwhelmed and felt I was taking back control of my life.”
Most of us can not tell when someone else needs help, therefore, it is on each of us to take a moment to reflect on our own state of mind and determine how we are doing. To help with your self-analysis here are 6 quick questions to ask yourself:
1. Am I having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and/or waking up on time without a physical explanation?
2. Have I been unable to feel happiness, contentment, joy, or love?
3. Have I had trouble connecting with people?
4. Over the last two weeks have I felt worthless, hopeless or guilty?
5. Have I stopped enjoying activities, friends or family?
6. Have I started to tackle multiple goals/activities at once (more than I usually would) or jumped from one interest to another in an attempt to do it all?
If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions, it is time to have a professional mental health check-up so book your appointment today with your psychotherapist. If you do not have one, then it would be an honour to work with you. You can book your appointment today by calling 519-601-4357.
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