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When Should I See a Therapist?

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We all face struggles at some point in our lives. Often, we can work through them by ourselves or with the help of supportive family and friends.

There may be times, however, when life becomes unmanageable and we need help beyond our usual resources. Therapy may help get life back on track when this occurs.

Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness or desperation and doesn’t mean you will need therapy for the rest of your life. The type of therapy and the length of treatment vary depending on individual needs. Some people find resolution within just a few sessions.

Therapy may be helpful when any of the following conditions become familiar.

  • You’re just not feeling like yourself and feelings of uncontrollable sadness, hopelessness or anger are interfering with your daily activities or causing you to withdraw from family and friends.
  • You’ve begun seeking escape from your feelings through abusive behaviors or substances, despite knowing the negative impact they may have.
  • You’re experiencing overwhelming grief due to the loss of a loved one, losing your job or the end of a meaningful relationship.
  • You’re experiencing a traumatic event such as an accident, illness or having been the victim of crime.

Various therapy options are available including in-person and telehealth services such as virtual visits through MDLIVE®. Virtual visits allow you to connect with a therapist through your phone, smartphone, tablet or computer for non-emergency situations. Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness, but rather an opportunity to get back to your life and the things you love doing.

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