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When SelfCare isn't enough
Not all mental health concerns are equal-- some are within our ability to manage, others are not.
Our mental well-being, like our physical health, is on a continuum. We use selfcare to stay healthy and normally function well. There are times when we react to stressors but with support and engaging in good practices, we usually bounce back. But there may be other times when we become "injured"-- loss of a job, loved one, or purpose-- when we need help from a professional. Generally if there's a level of significant functional impairment lasting 3 or more weeks, when mental and emotional concerns are affecting daily life, you might consider getting help.
It's okay to ask for help
Counseling has often been misunderstood. Here are a few facts about the counseling:
More simply-- it is okay to ask for help, others do it, it will likely help, and it won't be forever.
When to consider getting professional help
When to think about professional help? This advice is from the American Psychiatric Association:
Two general guidelines can be helpful when considering whether you or someone you love could benefit from therapy. First, is the problem distressing? And second, is it interfering with some aspect of life?
When thinking about distress, here are some issues to consider:
Link to APA for more information.