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Feeling out of whack?

You just don’t feel like yourself, and nothing you do seems to take this great weight off your shoulders. It’s starting to affect your day-to-day life. If this is the case, you may want to consider seeing a therapist or other mental-health professional.

Talking to a professional doesn’t mean you’re crazy or weak. Such concepts are outdated. Just like you would take care of other health conditions, such as diabetes, it’s important to take care of your mental health. And the sooner you seek help, the better.

Is it time to open up?

You might benefit from talking to a therapist if:

  • You’re grieving. Losing someone you love or being diagnosed with a terminal illness can trigger the grieving process. Symptoms can range from numbness to anger to denial to trouble sleeping, and can last for more than two months.
  • You’re depressed. Often intertwined with other mental health conditions, depression can spark feelings of anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness or despair. You may also experience physical problems, such as sleeplessness, appetite changes or more frequent illnesses.
  • You’re feeling anxious or panicky. Maybe you’re constantly worried about your health even though you’re perfectly healthy or you experience panic attacks—sudden feelings such as chest tightness, dizziness or a sense of choking. You might also have phobias, or fears of things like social gatherings.
  • You’re abusing alcohol or drugs. You feel you can’t control the drinking or taking of drugs once you’ve started or you need to drink more to get the same high.
  • You’re consumed by thoughts of death. You may have even contemplated suicide.
  • Your healthcare provider has ruled out all other possible medical problems.