Have you ever questioned whether you or a loved one should be receiving psychiatric treatment or counseling? If so, you are not alone. Many individuals and families have questioned whether psychiatric treatment is necessary in their lives or the life of a loved one. Life is often filled with challenges, difficulties, disappointments, loss, grief, pain (physical and emotional), and unresolved trauma. As a result, counseling or psychiatric treatment should be services we all turn to in times of great need and support. But in the lives of many, there are a host of fears that accompany the thought of pursuing mental health treatment or counseling services. Some prominent fears often include:
The unfortunate reality of these fears is that many individuals and families attempt to avoid psychiatric services for as long as they can. It often takes a major life event, unavoidable behavioral problem, or mental health disability/illness that is difficult to manage to redirect avoidant individuals into treatment services. Parents of children (young children, teens, or adult children) often struggle to encourage their loved one’s into treatment for these very reasons. But parents of children also struggle to determine when a loved one should receive counseling and treatment services. It is often very difficult if not impossible in some cases to determine when mental health treatment should be pursued, especially with very young children (5 and below).
Here are a few ways to determine when you should seek psychiatric services:
It is important to keep in mind that seeking psychiatric treatment doesn’t always have to occur when extreme behavioral, emotional, or psychological problems are evident.
Some individuals who could benefit from counseling include:
Can you think of others who could benefit from counseling or psychiatric services?
Keep in mind that we are all susceptible to life’s stressful ups and downs. No one is exempt. If you know someone who needs or could benefit from wise counsel, click here for the therapist locator engine. If you would prefer religion/spiritual based services, feel free to contact me for referrals at AnchoredInKnowledge.
For frequent excuses used to avoid psychiatric treatment for children and teens, visit my home site at AnchoredInKnowledge.
I wish you the best
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Last reviewed: 7 Aug 2013