Should I See a Psychologist?

Your mental health is one of the most important factors in determining the quality of your life. Unfortunately, many people suffer unnecessarily because they fail to seek professional help.

With good mental health you can handle day-to-day events and obstacles, work towards important goals, and function effectively in society. However, even minor mental health problems may affect everyday activities to the extent that you cannot function as you would wish, or are expected to, within your family and community.

Act on your intuition. Chances are you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t feel you should seek help.

A Psychologist can help if:

  • You often feel sad, struggle to find pleasure in life and find it hard to get motivated
  • You are constantly worried, anxious and stressed and this interferes with your enjoyment of life
  • You’re in a relationship that is suffering from a loss of trust, feelings of resentment, repeated arguments or a lack of intimacy
  • You lack self confidence and/or self esteem and this stops you from doing the things you want
  • Your life is ‘out-of-balance’
  • You’re struggling being a parent and find it hard to deal with your child or teenager’s behaviour
  • You feel stuck – have tried to make changes but can’t make any real or lasting progress.

Psychologists at Ahead Psychology provide effective treatments for a range of problems, issues and difficulties.
These include depression, anxiety, panic, stress, grief and loss, sleep, relationship and marriage problems, behavioural issues with children and adolescents, parenting and much more.

If you need help call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 and we will match you with the psychologist who can best help you with your particular issue. Alternatively, or fill in our online booking and enquiry formand we’ll contact you.

Unsure about whether to take the next step and see a Psychologist?

For some people deciding to get help from a psychologist is difficult. Acknowledging that you have a problem, and arriving at the point where you are ready to talk about it, can take time. If you’re unsure about whether you should seek help consider this:

  • You are not alone – emotional, behavioural and interpersonal problems are very common. In fact, around one in five people in Australia experience a mental health problem every year. Almost half of all Australians will experience problems related to their mental health at some time in their life
  • Psychologists help all sorts of people with all sorts of problems, ranging from moderate to severe. Often people seek assistance from a psychologist when they are feeling depressed, stressed, anxious or are having difficulty coping with a particular issue or change in their life or are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. At other times someone may want assistance achieving their goals or improving some aspect of their life such as work and relationships.
  • Ignoring your problems is not a good solution – chances are they won’t ‘just go away’; in fact they often get worse and are harder to deal with the longer they go on. People who receive therapy are more likely to improve.
  • Don’t treat your mental wellbeing as a DIY project. When you have a problem your mental health cannot be managed by telling yourself to “pull yourself together”, “pick yourself up and move on.” or to ‘just snap out of it’.
    If you still feel you can manage it on your own and don’t believe you need professional help ask yourself this…. How long have you been doing it on your own? Why haven’t things changed? How much have you already lost? If it has been more than a few months then it is time to get help.
  • Failure to deal with an issue may mean you risk losing important pieces of your life. Don’t cut yourself off from others or stop doing the things you enjoy and value. Don’t risk the breakdown of the relationships with the people closest to you. Don’t risk losing your job.
  • Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You should seek help if you have emotional, behavioural and interpersonal problems, just like you would if you have cancer, a broken bone or even a sore throat.
  • Getting help is the smart thing to do. Early Intervention can you help you avoid suffering unnecessarily and prevent more serious problems in the future.

If you need help call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 or fill in our online booking and enquiry formand we’ll contact you.

Most problems are more common than you think and are treatable. We can help you get back on track and live the life you want.

Sources

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Begg S, Vos T, Barker B, Stevenson C, Stanley L, Lopez AD, (2007) The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003. PHE 82. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare