When should I get counseling?

James Smith
James Smith on behalf of MDLIVE

Counseling can be helpful when you have lots of stressors in your life and you have no unbiased person with whom to talk.  Counseling is also recommended if what you want to talk about needs to remain confidential. 

If you notice that your levels of stress, depression, and or anxiety are escalating, then counseling is recommended.  Some indicators are an increase in sleep problems; an increase or decrease in appetite, an increase or decrease in weight, a decrease in your ability to concentrate, a decrease in your ability to motivate yourself, a decrease in enjoyment of leisure activities, and suicidal ideation.


Richard Walsh
Social Work

If you are having symptoms such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with current life stressors. Typically, when these symptoms have been lasting for over 2 weeks or getting worse a professional evaluation can be helpful. The benefit of a counselor is their professional training on assessment and treatment for various mental health issues, information shared in most cases is confidential, and their agenda in therapy is 100% focused on your wellbeing or desired change, unlike family members or friends that may have their own agendas when giving you suggestions. Often family and friends can become overwhelmed when you are having problems, you may feel that you are a burden, or you may want confidentiality to truly address your issues. These are just a few of the reasons for seeking counseling. Utilizing MDLiveCare's e-therapy can be a quick and easy first step to determine if you are appropriate for counseling. Their trained professionals can be accessed easily from your home or office and can assess your mental health needs and provide you with a professional perspective as well as emotional support.

Stephanie Adams
Social Work
When something's not working in your car, you take it to the mechanic. When something's not working in your life situation, you take yourself in to the counselor! A counselor is simply an ordinary person who has received special training in working through life's problems and can give you tools to overcome what you're dealing with! Which means if you're having a struggle and you don't know what to do next, that is the perfect time to seek out a counselor.
Counseling can also be helpful even when something's not necessarily "wrong" - but maybe when you just want something to be more healthy than it is now. This might be your marriage, your career, your relationship with your family, or more. Our job as counselors is to help you with whatever you bring into us.
If you're at the point where you're ready to commit to changing something in your life or about your life, then that's when you should get counseling.

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