5 Signs You Should Start Therapy

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For many people out there, therapy is an intimidating concept. Even hearing the word “therapy” can bring out feelings of nervousness and cause an individual to act out defensively. 

At Evolve Therapy Group, we are here to tell you that there is nothing to fear. Sure, it can seem scary to open yourself up to a new person, but all of our licensed therapists and counselors are ready to listen. 

In this blog, we’ll be discussing 5 signs that often indicate a need for therapy. Continue reading to learn what they are and if you identify with any of them.  

1. Difficulty Regulating Emotions

It’s normal to feel angry or sad at times throughout life, but it’s when you feel these emotions so intensely, and regularly, that you should check in with yourself and ask why.

Did you know that many exhibit anger during periods of depression? It can seem counterintuitive, but someone’s short temper or irritability may just mean they don’t know how to manage their emotions effectively. 

Digging deep and exploring the cause(s) behind such feelings is not always second nature which is why seeking out guidance is so important. Our therapists can help even out erratic spikes of anger or sadness and offer ways to cope when faced with stress.   

2. Recent Loss of a Loved One

Losing someone in your life is never easy. Filling the void seems impossible and positive coping mechanisms sometimes go out the window as the grief sets in. 

Returning to “normal” can be a long and painful process, but one that you do not have to endure alone. Our Grand Rapid therapy office offers both individual therapy as well as group therapy for whenever you are ready. 

Processing loss or emotional trauma in a safe environment is crucial to working through a recent loss. You can trust our therapists and counselors to be by your side providing the support you deserve.   

3. Affected Performance at School or Work

For the most part, keeping what’s happening in your personal life separate from your studies or work is doable. When psychological or emotional issues become too grand, however, your ability to perform can suffer. 

This is due to attention, concentration, memory, and energy all largely being impaired by what’s going on inside your mind. You may have recently scored poorly on your last few assignments or perhaps you lost your chance at a promotion because of inexcusable errors. 

One’s mental health is not to be ignored. It can be a lot of work to regulate your behavior or practice new relaxation methods, but putting in effort equates to positive growth.  

4. Withdrawal from Others

When you’re feeling down or overly anxious, it’s not uncommon for you to retreat from your social circle. It can often seem easier to shut yourself out despite those around you trying to help. 

Unfortunately, this type of behavior does not solve anything and can lead to your situation worsening. If you struggle to communicate your feelings to others, one of our professionals can teach you how to best approach them.

Over time, you will learn how to articulate your emotions in your own words and welcome the support that those closest to you offer.   

5. Decreased Enjoyment of Activities

Developed apathy toward things you used to love or were passionate about is a cause for concern. Oftentimes it can be indicative of depression or increased anxiety.

Feeling disconnected from life naturally leads to less joy experienced while engaging in hobbies, sports, or other activities. Unfortunately, mood disorders don’t care about your interests and can rob you of even the simplest pleasures. 

Talking with one of our therapists can help you uncover the source of your negative emotions and show you how to reconnect with what you love to do. 

Let’s Talk It Out

If you’ve never experienced therapy before, it can be tough to get started. Fortunately, our licensed therapists and counselors in Grand Rapids, MI, are available to speak with you in depth one-on-one or in a group setting. Contact us online to request an appointment or call Evolve Therapy Group today at (616) 309-0737.

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