May is Mental Health Month, and we at Backstage Tales believe in the importance of raising awareness and learning to understand mental health. In the past year, there were millions of cases of anxiety and depression, with the majority of people being female. The numbers are extremely high for people working in creative industries.
If you have a mental illness (or believe you have one), a therapist can help. When it comes to online therapy, it’s hard to figure out if you need if you need it or if you don’t. Many want to solve their problems by themselves, and use therapy as a last resort. However, online therapy can be a good solution to many situations, especially those in high-stress and constantly-busy industries. You shouldn’t wait until you hit bottom to let a therapist help you climb all the way to the top. Here are some reasons why you should seek therapy.
You’ve Gone Through a Big Change in Your Life
Life changes can be terrifying, exciting, and even both. You may be in the midst of moving, or are on assignment in a new city for months at a time. You may have just been divorced after a long or stressful marriage, just graduated, have experienced a death in the family – any massive change, work-related or not, a therapist can help you transition as smoothly as possible. Even if you feel like you haven’t been impacted by the change too much, the feeling can hit you when you least expect it.
You Have an Addiction
With any addiction, the first step is to admit you have a problem. If you do that and have considered therapy, you’re doing great! A therapist can help you with your addiction by teaching you ways to fend off urges and help you ease off whatever you’re addicted to. With online therapy, you can talk to a therapist at any time, anywhere, and this can allow you to speak to one if you have the urge to relapse. A therapist can help you continue on the right path.
Also, you don’t have to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. A therapist can help treat addiction to food, gambling, sex, work, or anything else that is consuming your life.
You Have a Mental Illness
For those who are unsure if they have a mental illness, a therapist can make a personal profile of you and determine whether or not you may have one. For those who do have one, a therapist can help you cope. While they can’t cure your mental illness, therapy can help you treat and manage it. If you have an episode, a therapist can help shorten it and allow you to move onto the next step.
You Feel Unmotivated
Motivation drives humanity, and without it, we are in trouble. In high-pressure situations, your motivation contributes immensely to your success. That’s one of the reasons you’ve broken into the industry in the first place – you’re highly motivated! Thankfully, you can increase your motivation by talking to a therapist. There are many reasons why you may not be as motivated or even burnt out, and that’s okay. A therapist can teach you coping techniques to help you get back on track.
You Won’t Stop Fighting With Your Spouse or Family
If you and your spouse or significant other are having problems, online couples therapy can help the two of you resolve your issues before they explode. For dysfunctional families, online family therapy can be the way to keep the family together. Don’t wait until the issues become too big to handle; instead, seek therapy before it’s too late.
These are a few reasons why you should seek online therapy. If you’re still skeptical, talk to an online therapist for a consultation. You can then decide whether or not it’s right for you. Therapy can benefit many, and if you’ve considered it, it may be time to seek a therapist, be it online or offline.
Text: Marie Miguel (Backstage Tales in collaboration with Better Help).