(Family Share – Jessie Shepherd)

Most people will not admit to seeing a mental health therapist for various reasons. Whether you tell people or not, it is important to know when it is a good idea to go in. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, you may want to consider seeing a therapist.

1. Stressful environment

There is such a thing as the perfect amount of stress. It is enough stress to keep you motivated but not so much that it leaves you feeling burned out. Usually the big indicators are work and home life suffering. This can include people telling you they are concerned about you or your personal view of the world. Unrelenting stress can lead to exhaustion both physically and mentally. The family unit is especially vulnerable to this because there is generally no other place to release stress. Sometimes just coming together as a family and venting to someone that is not part of your life helps a great deal. Therapists are also great at helping your family build skills to reduce this affect in the future.

2. Physical symptoms

Most of us will experience some form of physical symptoms when life gets too stressful. Grinding your teeth, stomachache and racing heart rate are all examples of this. A therapist can help you and your family notice when this is happening and teach relaxation skills to calm yourself down, along with getting help from others.

3. Rumination

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