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Managing mental health is an ongoing process. We all experience ups and downs as a normal part of life, but sometimes certain periods can be tougher to deal with than others. Events and circumstances affect everyone differently and it’s important to recognize and acknowledge this. The support of your community is a beneficial resource to reach out to but not everyone has this. And even if you do have the support of others, they may not be fully able to understand what you are going through. In cases like these, it may be a good idea to seek out an expert to speak with.
The guidance of a licensed therapist can help you navigate obstacles and help with the healing and processing of past events. A therapist can help tackle problems associated with addiction, anxiety, and depression where well-meaning others may dismiss your condition. It can be affirming to connect with someone who understands what you are going through, whether that be the sadness associated with grief, the end of a relationship, PTSD, or the long-term effects of domestic violence or sexual abuse. It is especially important to seek out professional help if clinical issues are suspected- such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder. Therapy with a licensed expert in these clinical areas can vastly improve your quality of life if you are affected by these issues.
Therapy, at its best, is a powerful tool to help navigate the complexities of life. It is an investment in your mental health. The ability to find strategies that harbor resilience and put you in control of your well-being is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself.