“I’m fine.” It’s the polite response to “How are you?”
But sometimes you’re not as “fine” as you try to convince others—or yourself—to believe.
About one in five American adults—43.8 million people—experience mental illness during any one year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Only 41% of those with a condition have received treatment in the past year. Many more Americans can benefit from professional treatment even though they don’t have prior trauma or a history of mental disorders.
Signs Therapy Can Improve Life Even If You Feel Fine
Therapy is a common treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, from anxiety and depression to PTSD and ADHD. But the symptoms of a condition like depression aren’t the only red flags that suggest you would benefit from working with a therapist. Other symptoms that suggest the need for therapy include:
- Loss of enjoyment in activities you used to love
- Chronic, unexplained physical symptoms, like headaches or body pain
- Sleep problems, like insomnia
- Decreased sex drive
- Lower energy levels
It’s common to think of therapy as a healing tool for traumatic experiences or major life changes, from divorce to the death of a loved one. However, other situations, which on the surface seem less traumatic, may warrant treatment by a therapist.
For example, although culture often views retirement through a positive lens, in reality, it can be a tough life transition. You may experience loss of purpose, or feel the absence of friends and colleagues. Other situations that could impact your emotional well-being include:
- Job loss
- Death of a pet
- Significant transition, such as moving to another state
How Therapy Can Improve Your Life
Our connections with family and friends are often the first to suffer when our emotions become off balance. Regular visits to a therapist can be a powerful asset if you want to make the relationships in your life richer, even if you feel fine on the surface. If you constantly clash with your teenager, a therapist can provide suggestions and resources to help you communicate better with fewer damaging conflicts.
Effective Stress Relief
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but how you cope with it can make a significant difference in your emotional well-being. A therapist will offer the tools and resources to identify stress points and help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. Managing stress in a way that works for you will reduce or eliminate its impact, which includes everything from insomnia to high blood pressure.
Fewer Unhealthy Behaviors
Negative behaviors can interfere with life and take time away from things that genuinely matter to you. Perhaps you’re drinking more alcohol than before or maybe you’ve noticed an increase in gambling or pornography use. Constantly checking Facebook or other social media sites can negatively impact your life, too. Regular visits with a therapist will help pinpoint why you’re developing those behaviors and help you find ways to change, so you can focus on living a healthier life.
Don’t feel “fine.” Feel like the best version of you.
Even if you consider yourself an emotionally “fine” person, you can still benefit from therapy. Take control of your emotional well-being and consult a compassionate, experienced therapist at The Light Program’s Outpatient Counseling and Therapy program.