Article taken from Women’s Health online 08/03/18 – by Jessica Powell 25 October 2016
New research suggests that patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning. The study found that morning sessions helped patients overcome their panic and anxiety and phobic avoidance better, because this is when levels of cortisol – a naturally occurring hormone – are at their highest, said clinical psychologist Alicia E. Meuret, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
That said, booking your first therapy session comes with its own anxieties. We take a look at when it can help you the most.
Talking treatments can help with a whole range of mental health issues. You could talk about it with friends or family. But maybe the problem that’s taken hold in your head feels too big, or deep, or messy. Maybe it can’t be parcelled into neat sentences that slide off the tongue over a brew. We use therapy as shorthand for talking problems through with a professional. But isn’t serving up the spaghetti contents of your brain to a stranger plain weird? We’ve got your need-to-know covered.
Necessity isn’t everything. ‘Some people find therapy helpful for positive development, almost like coaching,’ notes Registered and Chartered Consultant Counselling Psychologist Dr Carina Eriksen. When it comes to mental health, we don’t have cookie cutter minds, but if you’ve been feeling any of the following, Dr Eriksen suggests you might benefit from talking to a pro…
“I CAN’T COPE WITH EVERYDAY LIFE”
‘Reduced functioning can hint at various psychological difficulties. You might be depressed and lacking motivation or you may be anxious and routine tasks overwhelm you. In addition, drinking or taking drugs to excess could be a sign you’re trying to self-medicate or shut off from a difficult situation.’
“I’M ALWAYS FLYING OFF THE HANDLE”
‘Stress, anxiety or depression, could be at the root.’
“MY FOCUS IS SHOT”
‘Impaired concentration is a common symptom of depression. Other problems can cause this too, such as intrusive or obsessive thoughts, or anxiety.’
“I DON’T ENJOY… WELL… ANYTHING”
‘It can be a warning sign of depression or anxiety if you stop feeling joy across the board.’
“I’M STRUGGLING WITH CHANGE”
‘If you’ve tried to make positive changes in your life – anything from taking up exercise to ridding yourself of a toxic relationship – but can’t stick to them, you may find it beneficial to work through the stumbling blocks with a professional. Therapy can be helpful at any time of big change – whether it’s a new job, moving house, or becoming a parent.’
If you have any questions regarding what therapies to use, and how therapy can help you overcome any issues you may have, call me for an informal discussion – Sophia – 07391295766