If the terms like anxiety, stress, mood swings, and depression felt far when you were in high school, chances are they deeply ingrained in your college routine now. Whether it’s because of intense homework overload, family issues, lack of sleep, an academic performance that never seems to progress, homesickness, or all together, emotional distress becomes the new reality.
We are all influenced by different experiences that tend to result in diagnosable mental health conditions. As a rule, we somehow muddle through a difficult situation rather quickly. Sometimes, however, there are very clear signs you should consider connecting with a therapist you trust. Keep reading as we shared some of the key issues that signal it’s time to see a shrink to get back on track. Since we have nothing to do with licensed therapy, we’ve allowed ourselves to add a pinch of humor to make the controversial topic less painful.
1. Relationship mission failed
Is there a Guinness world record for the shortest-lasting relationship ever? You’re sure to beat them. People with mental health conditions may find it hard to start and maintain relationships either social (college, job, etc.) or romantic ones.
2. Personal health crisis
Unless you’re Frankenstein’s bride, it’s totally not OK to have some of your body parts fall off. All the problems like anxiety, depression, and stress can play a part in issues like heart conditions, high blood pressure, headaches, diabetes, etc. Unfortunately, a lot of those may develop into chronic diseases with time.
3. You haven’t socialized for ages
What’s the year now? Who knows.
It seems like you haven’t seen your friends for ages. Slowly pulling away from others and simply shutting down is your current routine. Tip here? Do exactly the contrary! Create a list of those dear to your heart and schedule an activity of togetherness. You’ll thank yourself later.
4. You’re a step away from dropping out
Your career goals do not align with previously chosen career paths. Even though your industry is in its prime, you don’t really care since you feel like you’re majoring in nonsense. You’re bored by the very idea of getting up in the morning and heading to college. After all, there are loads of successful dropouts like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, right?
5. Substance use
The truth is, only Hollywood stories seem to somehow justify substance use and virtuously turn the plot twist to the happily-ever-after scenario. The real thing? All those rewarding and distracting alternatives to pro therapy will take you…nowhere. Literally.
6. Life’s turned into a rollercoaster
Remember that scene where Arthur Fleck (the man Joaquin Phoenix plays in “Joker”) pathologically laughs and cries at the same time? Congrats, you’ve successfully surpassed that insanity level! When emotional ups and downs take over, and exhilaration is replaced by desperation and sadness in a flash, go ahead – see the therapist. Life ain’t like the movies, guys.
7. Food! Food! Food!
When stress kicks in, two camps of people appear – the ones who overeat their negative emotions and those who can’t tolerate even one glance at food. If you’ve noticed overeating or a total absence of appetite, it might be time to talk to an expert. Now, put that hamburger down and nobody gets hurt.
8. Who cares?
Not caring is common in individuals suffering from mental health issues.
9. Loss of interest in physical activities
The reality is that your sofa is not going to disappear, but your slim and fit body is. Losing interest in usual activities like working out can be proof you’re having mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Go get some professional help! On your way to the gym, of course.
10. Nothing else helps
Even spells and that weird help-yourself book recommended by your uncle didn’t. If you feel stuck in the middle of nowhere, and nothing brings you back to normal…well, you know what to do.
Should you seek professional help? That depends. But regardless of your decision, keep in mind that looking for pro help isn’t a sign of a weak person. On the contrary, a huge step that requires courage and determination. A therapist will help you see the roots of your conditions and find the way out. The sooner you live on from your mental health issues, the faster you’ll get back to normal life.