Adults (Ages 18+)
Remember when you were younger and you thought that being an adult meant that you would have ZERO stress. The freedom to dream like that seems so far away. Reality settles in and the responsibilities of "adulting" -- paying bills, trying to find ways to make ends meet, navigating the dating world and "ghosting", overcoming relationship challenges (long-distance, long-term, etc), being a "good enough" parent, ignoring social pressure and time-frames of a "successful adult", scheduling time to meet with friends before plans are canceled, searching for motivation to "spark your life", replaying embarrassing moments in your mind from a few years ago, not being able to have quiet time to yourself, randomly dealing (and re-experiencing) with the emotional stress of earlier traumas in your life, being a victim of guilt, feeling like you are not good enough, and not being able to reduce your social media usage. Either none, some, or all of these apply to you but let's not beat around the bush -- being an adult is TOUGH work and memes can only do so much.
Life continues to feel very demanding and the pandemic required us to adjust so much. The good news is that you do not have to continue this path alone and you are not alone.
Do I Need Mental Health Support?
Below is a list of things to ask yourself to determine if you would benefit from mental health services. If you answer "yes", It does not mean you are "crazy", it means you are HUMAN. Be honest with yourself.
Are you feeling sad or down? Do you feel like it has been impacting your ability to enjoy things like how you used to?
Are you having a hard time concentrating or organizing your thoughts?
Do you catch yourself going through "a wave of emotions" or having different energy levels that range from extreme happiness, sadness, and/or anxiety?
Do you think about harming yourself or others?
Has your appetite or sleep changed (can be excessive or nonexistent)?
Are you experiencing physical issues that cannot be explained by medical reasons?
Have you withdrawn yourself from friends, family, or your romantic partner?
Do you find that it is difficult to get through the next day?
What are your coping strategies? Are they helpful or do you need a new set of them to work through daily issues?
Has your sex drive changed?
Has someone made a comment about how you have been acting differently lately? If so, when you think about it, do you agree with them?
What does your self-talk sound like? Are you kind to yourself and others or are you extremely punitive towards yourself?