Mental Health: When is the Right Time to Seek Help?

Recently, many celebrities and athletes have reached out to share their struggles with them Mental healththe topic is still not discussed as freely as physically wellbeing.

Deeksha Athwani, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund, agreed, saying that this “is based on major misconceptions about mental health, including the fact that therapy is only for people with mental health problems.” insanityor that those who go to therapy are too weak to deal with their problems on their own.”

But why is seeking help stigmatized?

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For those who have never sought professional help with administration Mental health, it can be difficult to take the first step. This is because seeking help for a mental health problem is not regulated territory – “they are not as obvious as physical problems”.

“It’s actually quite normal for persons Having doubts like, ‘Am I making a fuss about a small problem?’, ‘Is this even a real problem?’ or even ‘what would my family/friends think if they knew I was in therapy?’ Other considerations such as misinformation, time pressures and tight finances can also influence the decision to contact a psychologistPsychiatrist, therapist or other expert,” said Debasmita Sinha, psychologist and clinical director of Manah wellbeing.

What are the warning signs?

Sometimes feeling stuck is a normal part of life. But if the feeling persists, you also feel “sad, empty, hopeless, irritable, frustrated, angry for no reason, lose interest or enjoyment in daily activities, and have trouble sleeping, lack of energy, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, restlessness, or… restlessness, poor cognitive abilities healthSelf-blame, suicidal thoughts, unexplained problems like back pain or headaches, then you need to make an appointment with a psychologist,” stressed Dr. Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road.

Other signs of hiding depression could be excessive use of smoking/alcohol or drugs, she added.

“Sometimes your senses can create confusion and make you feel out of touch with reality. You can even have episodes of hallucinations and delusions in psychosis. Don’t neglect these symptoms and talk to one expert who can help you solve the problem,” explained Dr. anand.

The rule of thumb is early detection, as it gives you better chances of managing the problem and also speeding up recovery, even if the problem is not “disruptive enough to interfere with your daily work or professional duties.” “However, they indicate that something is needed attention. Another sign that you must not ignore is the inability to cope with a difficult life event. Seeking professional support at the beginning can cushion the emotional shock and prepare They have to deal with the hardship that comes with these events,” Sinha told

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Some examples of such events include

– the loss of a loved one
– a divorce or the end of a relationship
– a stressful move or a new project
– are exposed to physical or mental attacks
– Disasters or accidents

Why some people delay seeking professional mental health help

According to Sinha, the following are some common doubts people have when they see a Mental health professional, which may delay your treatment process

“I don’t want others to know I’m seeking counseling/therapy”

Social The stigma attached to mental illness is the result of low awareness. Fortunately, this is changing and society is gradually becoming more accepting of the reality Mental health Diseases. Every Indian citizen enjoys the right to good health (including mental health) and the right to access quality mental health services by law. Such services are therefore to be treated with absolute confidentiality patients privacy is not compromised.

“I don’t need an outsider to solve my problems”

If you need surgery or other special treatment treatment, go to a doctor who is trained in this particular condition. Similarly, a mental health professional is trained to engage with the various determinants of Mental healthand could help you to solve your problem systematically and holistically.

Mental health Insecurity is one of the main causes of stress at all levels. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

“I don’t have the time/money for psychological counseling/therapy”

Taking the time to address emotional issues will help you in the long run because it prevents the stress from snowballing, which could prolong further treatment and recovery time. If your budget is holding you back, there are many free or affordable therapy platforms out there.

Why It’s Important to Seek Help

If you have faced traumatic events or have felt emotionally let down for a long time, it is best to proactively seek help from a mental health professional. You could of course talk to a close family member, friend or your GP as a first step if that is convenient for you. However, a trained professional is more likely to be better able to deal with your specific condition as they can help you process the difficult events, understand how they are affecting you and ensure that a healthypotentially difficult experience, Sinha said.

What happens in a therapy setting?

A therapy Session can serve as a soft cushion to lean on in times of extreme need, said Dr. Kedar Tilwe, Specialist in Psychiatry, Fortis Hospital Mulund and Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi.

“A therapy session provides a safe space for a person to talk about their concerns or problems while the therapist offers a listening ear while being empathetic and understandingly validating his thoughts. During a therapy session, a person can talk about their current stressors and how they make them feel therapist uses their expertise to help them manage and manage these issues,” said Dr. Tilwe.

In the first sessions, the patient and psychologist generally, discuss the person’s detailed history, establish a relationship, formulate a diagnosis, and agree on the treatment plan. If needed, a recommendation could be made for a psychological evaluation to better understand a person’s psychological dynamics, and if symptoms are severe, medication could be suggested where appropriate, Athwani said.

“The second phase of the therapy session focuses on gaining better insight into and understanding of the person’s thought process emotions, as well as behavioral exercises, thought experiments and relaxation techniques, depending on the type of therapy. Therapy usually ends when both the client and therapist are satisfied with the person’s ability to manage their mental health issues effectively and healthily, while building support systems that they can rely on in the future,” Athwani added.

Athwani often said a therapy session can help as a “complementary to medication.” “Therapy sessions can help a person deal with feelings and symptoms, and most importantly, change behave Patterns that can contribute to the disease. Depending on the severity of the mental health issue, therapy can be the main line of treatment or used as an adjunct to medication,” she said, listing ways in which this can be done sessions can help.

– Understand your illness
– Define and achieve specific wellness goals
– Overcome fears or insecurities
– Cope with stress
– Understand past traumatic experiences
– Separate your true personality from the mood swings caused by illness
– Identify triggers that may make your symptoms worse
– Improve relationships with family and friends
– Establish a stable, reliable routine
– Develop a crisis management plan
– Understand why certain things bother you and what you can do about it
– Quit destructive habits like drinking, drug use, overspending, etc

Which psychotherapist can help you?

Sinha decodes different types of Mental health professionals according to your wishes

Counseling/Clinical Psychologists

These professionals have at least a master’s degree in psychology. They are trained to recognize mental illnesses, carry out psychometric examinations and treat the illnesses with psychotherapy. Professionals with an MPhil in clinical psychology can also diagnose people.

Orientation Advisor

These are people with degrees in advisory or specific conditions and may provide guidance and advice in areas such as education, marriage or careers. They usually do not identify or diagnose diseases that go beyond their field of knowledge.

Mental Health Social Worker

These individuals have a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Mental health. They provide support and first aid and work as part of communities or social organizations.


These are doctors with an MD or a degree in psychiatry. They are trained to diagnose and prescribe medication to patients. They may or may not be trained in it psychotherapy.


These are clinical or advisory psychologists who have received additional training beyond basic psychotherapy. They usually specialize in one or more forms of psychotherapy.

“All these professionals do not work in isolation. Because patients may need a combination of medication, counseling, or therapy, this is quite common psychiatristPsychologists and psychotherapists to work in close coordination to create the optimal treatment plan for the person,” Sinha said.

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