Sometimes, however, it is not always so obvious that we need help.
As we live with ourselves all day, every day, sometimes the signs of distress can build slowly. As a result it can be difficult to notice that our mental health has deteriorated until we hit crisis point.
Here are some things to look out for that show it might be helpful to seek counselling:
Sleeping too often and difficulty getting up on a morning due to lack of motivation is commonly associated with depression whereas difficulties with sleeping too little, insomnia, or waking up throughout the night is often associated with anxiety.
There are many other reasons for sleep problems however and, as a specialist in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Dr Stuart Sadler (Lead Clinical Psychologist) says that as well as being able to be the result of difficulties in other areas of mental health, sleep problems can also make our mental health worse.
Many people in the UK report experiencing regular sleep issues – the mental and physical effects of which are huge if left untreated.
Lack of sleep is related to problems such as depression, anxiety, day to day stress, low energy and difficulties with motivation, as well as worsening physical pain, and increased risk of heart difficulties and diabetes.
Recent or Unresolved Major Life Events
If life is or has been particularly stressful due to an event such as losing a loved one, becoming redundant, moving house, or recent or past trauma, talking therapies (such as counselling, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)) are proven ways to help deal with the problem.
It can be difficult to know how to deal with a situation until it arises, so you should not feel any sense of guilt or shame at the idea of reaching out for help – as social beings, we are naturally predisposed to seek out others for help and connection however in modern times this has been lost.
The number of sessions of counselling can vary depending on your problem and your goals. However, our experienced counsellors, therapists and psychologists in Newcastle can help you develop skills and strategies to help cope with life’s stresses.
The Biggest Warning Sign
The biggest warning sign that you could benefit from counselling (whether online counselling or counselling in Newcastle Upon Tyne with us) is if you or others notice that your thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours are negatively impacting your daily life.
Think about how you normally think and behave.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress? Are you noticing yourself having difficulties with managing you anger? Perhaps you have noticed your work performance has declined or you find yourself dreading certain events or going to work the next day?
If you are struggling to regulate your emotions and are feeling negative emotions more intensely, or more often than usual, you would benefit from meeting with a therapist or counsellor.
Contact us about Counselling in Newcastle
By catching your problems early, you can minimise the impact they have on your day to day life, and make it easier to deal with difficulties before they spiral.
This can help you to get back to your normal self quicker, and equip you with new coping strategies to prevent problems in the future.
If you would like to speak with one of our team about starting sessions with our counsellors in Newcastle Upon Tyne, please send us a message using the box below or call us on 07966645198 today.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist