How to Know When to Get Help from a Behavioral Health Professional

Posted by admin on February 2, 2017

Saying the words “I need help” is never easy, whether you feel ready to say them or not. We all experience struggles in life, emotional highs and lows, or other challenges that feel difficult. But, when those struggles and challenges begin to feel insurmountable or unmanageable, it may be time to seek the help of a behavioral health specialist. Just like you feel a sniffle or start to cough at the beginning of a cold, there are warning signs for your emotional and mental health that, when recognized, can help you determine whether or not it is time to seek professional help.


The type and frequency of the help you receive will vary significantly depending on your individual needs. Recognizing certain warning signs can help you determine whether or not you need professional behavioral therapy to better manage your health and life. Many might feel like their problems are not big enough to need behavioral counseling but, in fact, Huffington Post says more people have mental struggles and need counseling than you might think, “Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you’re feeling off it can be hard to know if it’s time to see a professional about the problem. And apparently, those who would benefit from some therapeutic intervention are not seeking it enough: While one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, only about 46-65 percent with moderate-to-severe impairment are in treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”

Are your problems – whatever they might be – stopping your ability to function well in your day-to-day life or hindering your ability to feel good? Do you have intense and sometimes impulsive mood swings? Do you have common feelings of depression such as feeling sad, feeling down, or just feeling “blue” a lot of the time? Do you have excessive worry or anxiety that is sometimes irrational or unexplained? Have you experienced trauma – whether recently or in the past? Have you contemplated suicide? Do you use alcohol or drugs to help you manage any of the things above such as anxiety, sadness or trauma? Do you have excessive or irrational fears that impact your daily life? Have you withdrawn from your social life? Have you experienced changes in your sleep or eating habits? If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, or a combination of these warning signs, you would likely benefit from professional behavioral therapy. In seeking professional behavioral therapy, such as the behavioral therapy offered by Diebold Behavioral Therapy, it is important to know that your concerns and struggles will be met with a listening ear that is free of judgement. No matter how dark things can feel in the moment, there are ways and solutions to help you find the light. We will help our clients learn to process struggles and feelings with a variety of techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as other venting processes. Behavioral therapy may feel like a frightening first step but it will be the first step in learning how to process feelings and manage struggles to live a more fulfilling and happy life.

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