Emotional problems can impact our self perception, interpersonal relationships and cause overall disruption to the most important parts of our life. Positive Wellbeing Psychology is here to support you in managing these symptoms so that you can focus on the most important parts of your life.
Emotional symptoms may include
…to name a few.
How can disproportionate emotional responses impact my day-to-day life?
Emotional symptoms may be positive or not so positive. The symptoms may be triggered and come from within or be a reaction to your environment. Emotional changes can be very normal, temporary responses to a range of events or triggers. This is experienced by all individuals and therefore is a normal human response. We all need this function to protect ourselves from time to time. To shift our mood and therefore result in setting boundaries with certain people or provoke anxiety to consider making a change or getting things done.
Can emotional symptoms indicate a mental health difficulty?
Whilst emotions can serve as a normal and protective function, abnormal emotional symptoms can be associated with several psychiatric conditions including:
> anxiety disorders
> bipolar disorder
> dysthymic disorder
> major depression
> postpartum depression
> seasonal affective disorder
> substance abuse
> personality disorders
> attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Why does it take so long to reach out for support?
It is absolutely normal to experience a little bit of reluctance to seek help for emotional difficulties. This is understandable as it can be difficult to discuss personal and disproportionate emotional responses and/or the impact of these in our personal life. Most individuals with emotional symptoms do not seek assistance from a psychologist but continue to visit their GP. This is a great starting point as your GP can assess your eligibility for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Medicare can provide a rebate for up to 10 sessions per calendar year to start with exploring useful strategies.