They say that a problem shared is a problem halved, and while some people naturally find it easier to open than others, if you can discuss your feelings, emotions, and your worries in general, this can work wonders on your mental health.

Now, there’s no such thing as a stress-free life, and no matter how blessed you may be, there will be times when life does decide to test you. It is perfectly normal to feel low from time to time and to let things get on top of you, but if you do feel as if you are becoming overwhelmed, speaking to a psychologist can definitely help.

Psychologists are in higher demand now than ever before, and for good reason. Speaking to a psychologist can do wonders for your mental health, but how do you know when/if you need to speak to one?

Here’s a look at 7 warning signs you might need to see a psychologist.


  1. You find it difficult to cope

One of the most obvious signs that you should see a psychologist is when you’re finding it difficult to cope, be it at work, in your relationship, or with your life in general.

We all have different coping mechanisms when it comes to stress, worry, anxiety, depression, and more, but if you find that what normally helps you cope is not longer helping you to cope, it might be time to speak to a psychologist and discuss your troubles and get to the root cause of them.

If you normally find that reading a book or watching a certain TV show helps calm you down and lift your   spirits but find that lately it just isn’t having the same positive effect anymore, speaking to a psychologist could work wonders.


  1. Your symptoms are interfering in your work life

We go to work to earn money, and for many, money worries can lead to poor mental health. In a catch-22 scenario however, people dealing with poor mental health may find it tough to focus and concentrate at work, which in turn can lead to money worries, which can then exasperate poor mental health, and the entire scenario comes full circle.

If you find that your symptoms are interfering in your work, leaving you unable to focus, making mistakes, unable to get motivated, or perhaps to be short tempered with co-workers or customers, there may be a deep underlying reason for this, which is where speaking to a psychologist would help.


  1. You have unexplained medical conditions

Stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues can all manifest themselves in different ways, some of which can be physical.

If you find yourself experiencing medical issues such as hypertension (high blood pressure), a suppressed immune system, headaches, lethargy, or cardiovascular issues, this could be down to poor mental health affecting your body.

Often, you’ll find that speaking to a psychologist will help to not only improve your mental health, but also ease the negative physical side effects associated with poor mental health, which is very important.


  1. You just feel “off”

We all have “off” days where we don’t quite feel ourselves, yet we can’t understand why that is, yet for some people, these “off” days may become more frequent.

If you find yourself feeling this way and just not feeling yourself, and perhaps feeling low or lacking energy or motivation for no clear reason why, there may be some issues bubbling away underneath the surface that would need addressing.

If you do feel this way, getting in touch with a psychologist and booking a few appointments could help you get to the bottom of what’s making you feel this way, and once you know what’s causing it, then you can begin looking at ways of making it right.


  1. Your sleep pattern is disrupted

If you’re usually a pretty good sleeper, but lately you’ve found that your sleeping pattern has changed and been disrupted, there is likely a reason for this.

Whether you’re struggling with insomnia and only manage a few hours each night, or if you’re sleeping more than ever and are sleeping more than is recommended and still feel tired, your mental health will likely be playing a factor and it will also be affected.

If you do feel as if there are issues which need addressing which may be disrupting your regular sleeping pattern, get in contact with trained professionals such as and seek the help of a professional psychologist with the right experience and expertise to help get to the bottom of what’s wrong.


  1. Your weight fluctuates

Often, people experiencing poor mental health will experience fluctuations in their weight. Some people will comfort eat and seek solace in the form of junk food packed full of calories. Others may lose their appetite and will eat considerably less, which means that they may lose weight.

If you find that your weight has fluctuated and that you have either gained weight, or have lost weight, without making a conscious effort to do either, there could be something going on there which may need to be addressed by a psychologist.


  1. You’re using unhealthy coping mechanisms

The sad reality of the matter is that a lot of people who are affected by addiction will use unhealthy and risky ways of coping with underlying mental health issues and/or past traumas.

If you find that you have been drinking alcohol a lot more than usual, or perhaps drinking alone rather than in social situations to “numb the pain”, you may need to seek professional help.

Whether you’re using drugs, non-prescribed medication, cigarettes, junk food, alcohol, or anything else which is detrimental for your health, as a way of coping, you should speak to a psychologist before things begin to spiral out of control further.

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