When it comes to managing mental health issues, it's not always easy to admit we need help. While the social stigma of seeing a counselor is changing, some people still think that they'll be labeled "crazy" if they admit they are seeing someone. This can lead to feelings of isolation and embarrassment.

While some cases of anxiety and depression will resolve on their own, not everyone does. In turn, those suffering from mental health issues need to know the signs of when to seek counseling.

Symptoms Persist

Everyone feels anxious or blue from time to time. In fact, it's not uncommon to feel down or stressed without understanding why. You might even feel angry without provocation, which only leads to more unpleasant feelings and turmoil. If symptoms persist or seem to recur and intensify, regardless of reason, the support of an experienced counselor may be in order.

Self-Care Isn't Working

Before seeking outside help, many people do try to help themselves. But according to Karen Whitehead, a professional who provides counseling in Alpharetta, GA, if you find yourself “spinning your wheels” you may need some additional help. However, if all efforts seem to lead you back to the starting point, albeit with feelings of sadness, self-worth issues or anxiety, it's a good idea to see a counselor. Together, you can get to the root of the problem and find out what is causing these feelings.

Family Members Are Concerned

Most people who seek out help have already been told that something just doesn't seem right. Maybe friends and family notice that you're not as upbeat as you used to be. Or, possibly they approached you about your short fuse. Sometimes, it takes the people who love the most to point out that they're worried prior to seeking treatment.

Abusing Alcohol or Drugs

Emotional stressors can lead to even people who never drank in life down the wrong road. Especially if you've gone through something traumatic, the need for the relief drive you to self-medicating.

Unfortunately, this can lead you down a path you never thought you would go. Abusing drugs and alcohol never solves a problem, so if you catch yourself drinking more than usual or experimenting with illicit substances, reach out for support.

Even if you have insight into your feelings, there may come a time when personal introspection isn't enough. Know that it's okay not to be okay, and it's also okay to ask for support. The most important thing is asking for it. Suffering in silence is never the answer.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.