19 Jun How to know when to see a psychologist during these challenging times?
Warning Signs: When a Psychologist can Help
These are a few reasons why individuals reach out to a skilled psychologist to explore proven strategies that can assist in restoring greater life satisfaction and balance. Some may find it useful to ask yourself the following:
- Have you been feeling flat most days of the week?
- Are you experiencing difficulty getting out of bed in the morning?
- Does everything seem so much harder than it used to?
- Are usually activities that you used to enjoy not so enjoyable now?
- Have the Covid-19 lockdowns left you feeling frustrated, anxious and extremely flat?
Do many people reach out to a psychologist?
It is common to experience changes in mood and motivation at various stages of the life span due to a range of adjustments and new challenges. Due to this, it can be really important to reach out to a local psychologist in Melbourne or your local area to discuss strategies to help manage struggles and stressors.
Research has found that most people will experience a mental health condition at some stage in their life, be it symptoms of anxiety, low mood, insomnia, excessive worry or even persistent fear of failure.
As an ever so frequent result of hearing individuals commonly delaying psychological treatment for some time, we have introduced a completely separate service that allows the individual to complete a preliminary assessment process in the comfort of their own home and device. Our Melbourne psychologists recommend using this service as a first step when not sure about arranging an initial appointment.
When to Consult with a Psychologist?
Almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2009). These symptoms can arise at any stage in life however research has found the onset of mental illness is typically around mid-to-late adolescence (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014).
Australian youth aged 18-24 years old have the highest prevalence of mental illness than any other age group. This may indicate the vulnerable age for individuals experiencing mental health struggles to be starting around 18 to 24 years, however, this does not suggest life difficulties and mental health difficulties do not exist in individuals all across the life span.
Does everyone reach out for support?
Unfortunately, this is not the case due to the stigma surrounding mental. Positive Wellbeing Psychology consists of Melbourne-based psychologists working to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles to better support individuals in restoring greater life satisfaction and balance.
More recent research findings have shown that 54% of people with mental illness do not access any treatment (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014). This suggests that people often hesitate to reach out for help when they most need it which is unfortunate.
How can Positive Wellbeing Psychology help?
You may benefit from a Mini-Mental Health Screener at Positive Wellbeing Psychology, which is designed to assist individuals in better understanding the benefits of seeking psychological support for certain difficulties and concerns.