Although society has become more open when it comes to talking about mental health over the past few years, there is still a bit of a stigma attached to seeing a psychiatrist. Some people assume psychiatry is only for "crazy" people, or that psychiatrists are just pill pushers. Neither of these assumptions are true. In fact, it's better to see a psychiatrist as soon as you notice your symptoms in order to help improve your condition. And although psychiatrists do prescribe medication when needed, that's a very small part of their role as mental health care providers.
So, what are the signs that you could benefit from seeing a psychiatrist? Take a look.
You're struggling to manage your emotions.
There is nothing wrong with feeling angry, scared, or sad. But if you are struggling to deal with your emotions or find yourself dealing with them in unhealthy ways, that's a sign you could use some help from a psychiatrist. For example, do you throw things across the room when you're angry, or do you cry uncontrollably for no apparent reason? A psychiatrist can teach you better ways of handling these emotions.
You've been abusing substances.
Whether you've been drinking too much, turning to hard drugs, or smoking excessively, substance abuse is usually a sign of a more serious underlying issue. It could be anything from anxiety, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, to bipolar disorder. A psychiatrist can figure out what's contributing to your problem and help you address it so that you can more effectively wean yourself off of the substances you've been turning to.
Anxiety is interfering with your work or relationships.
Most people deal with some mild anxiety now and then, and this does not necessarily mean anything is wrong with your mental health. But if your anxiety has gotten to the point that it's interfering with your work, relationships, or even hobbies, then it's time to see a psychiatrist. For instance, maybe you feel so anxious about driving your car that you've been late to work for the last 10 days. Maybe cooking makes you so anxious you've been unable to prepare dinner for your family. You don't have to live like this; a psychiatrist can help you work through and manage your anxiety so that your life is easier.
There is nothing shameful about seeking help when you need it. Sometimes, that help needs to come from a psychiatrist. Make an appointment if you can relate to any of the issues described above.Share
7 January 2021
When my daughter began having academic problems in school and acting out, I knew that something wasn’t right. Her teachers wanted me to put her on ADD medications, but I didn’t think that that was the right course for us. I had serious doubts that ADD was what was causing her problems. I took her to several different specialists before discovering that her issues in school were actually do to a visual processing problem. The doctor recommended vision therapy, not medication, to help correct the problem and get her back on track. The exercises are really starting to pay off, and she’s showing great improvement.