Updated: May 5, 2021
Great to see you again! I hope you all are doing well, and staying safe.
Today, I'm back with a new topic! The title says "Seek help, but When?"; but, what do you think it could mean?
We already know a little about what Mental Health is and why is it important, from the previous post. If you haven't already read that, go ahead and give it a read at Mental Health, it is a BIG DEAL.
Now, it's time for us to identify when exactly should we ask for help. Well, the answer is simple. You seek help when you are not able to handle your feelings, emotions, and thoughts on your own, and at the same time, are finding it difficult to get on with your day to day life activities. When we have a lot on our mind, and we are not being able to express it or talk about it, we either tend to think about it over and over again or, we just push it back in the "imaginary store room" - we try to forget about it.
When we keep thinking about the same thing over and over again, we tend to ask ourselves a lot of "Wh" questions - "Why did it happen to me?", "How could he/she say such a thing to me?", "What did I do wrong?", "Where have I gone wrong?" and so on. We tend to internalize our thoughts and feelings, and forget to see it from a third person's perceptive. All of these repetitive negative thoughts just don't stop, and we end up drowning ourselves into a bunch of negative feelings such as sadness, anger towards self and others, self pity, and resentment.
Again, when we are pushing these thoughts back to our "imaginary store room", and try to forget about it, we keep on piling it up until we can't handle anymore - finally, leading to an unexpected outburst of pent up feelings.
Ok, let's relate it to a real store room! Every storage space has a limited capacity; so suppose every day you are adding something or the other in the store room. It keeps filling up, until there's no more room left for even a pen to fit. Now, you try to fit in an entire pen-stand in that store room, thus making it over crowded, and shut the door. All of a sudden, something else comes up, which you absolutely need to store it back in the room. The moment you open that door, all the things start overflowing and falls on you! Something quite similar happens with our thoughts and emotions when we try to put it away. One small incident can become a trigger and make you feel overwhelmed. Thus, leading you to feel over-shadowed with the same kind of negative feelings.
When you are surrounded by a cloud of negative feelings, thoughts and emotions, you tend to give up or act out. This ends up affecting even the simplest activities that you do in your day to day lives. When you see THAT happening, that's when you should seek help!
Always remember, that it is ok to feel overwhelmed, and to feel surrounded by negative thoughts, feelings and emotions. When you see you are not able to handle it anymore, then just ask for help.
Also, when I say "help", I mean any help, but primarily, seeking help from a well trained mental health professional. A mental health professional includes - Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
P. S. There's an array of mental health issues that any person can encounter, and it is advised to seek help from a trained professional, the same way you go see a doctor when you have any kind of physical issue.
Hope you found the post informative and helpful!
Please feel free to use the Forum section to ask questions related to mental health, and I'll be happy to help you out.
Till then, take care and stay safe!!