Peninsula Mental Health offers comprehensive treatment for:

  • Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, such as Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Mood Disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders, such as Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, such as Gender Identity Disorders, Desire, Arousal and Orgasmic Disorders and Paraphilias
  • Eating Disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Impulse Control Disorders, such as Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Pathological Gambling
  • Adjustment Disorders that often occur as a result of loss or significant change in the quality of life, and are often accompanied by depression, anxiety or disturbance of conduct
  • Personality Disorders, such as Borderline, Histrionic, or Dependent
  • Relational Problems related to parenting, siblings, spouses, or partners and/or family of origin.

When Do You Need to See a Therapist?

Everybody experiences emotions and encounters stressful situations at times, and it is often hard to determine when to seek professional help about the problem.  Recent research suggests that one in five Americans deals with some form of mental illness, but those who could possibly benefit from therapy are often reluctant to seek it.  Do you want to be stronger, healthier, happier, more resilient, more assertive?  Everyone may benefit from therapy at some point in their lives.

There is no need to suffer painful feelings, unbearable anxiety or depression, dysfunctional relationships or out-of-control behaviors.  The personal and relational costs often increase over time if professional help is avoided.  For some, myths persist, such as ‘accepting help is a sign of personal weakness’; ‘only crazy people go to therapy’;’I can’t talk to strangers about my personal problems’; or ‘it’s really embarrassing to be in therapy’.

But therapy doesn’t have to mean lying on a couch and saying whatever comes to mind, or being seen four times a week for intensive psychoanalysis.  Or getting a diagnosis of a mental illness, or getting a prescription for a psychotropic medication.  Sometimes it means just talking to someone about life and how hard it can be.  It can mean bringing a problem to be solved, or a relationship to be revived, or a family in conflict, needing to find harmony.

What are some times that it might be time to make that call?  Research notes the following indicators:

  • All your emotions are intense and problems seem overwhelming.  The intensity may lead to anxiety or panic and there is a tendency to avoid people or places.  Your thinking becomes negative and constrictive and you may “catastrophize” the situation and find no solutions or escape.
  • You have experienced a traumatic event that you can’t stop thinking about.  What constitutes a trauma differs for everyone, but the underlying theme is most often loss: loss by separation, divorce, death; loss of job; loss of safety or security.  Loss of the known.  Responses to trauma range from a debilitating depression to manic behaviors, racing thoughts and/or destructive behaviors.  It’s time for professional help.
  • You find yourself medicating the pain and suffering with increased drinking or drug use.  Numbing feelings by substance abuse is short-term, and that behavior often adds a layer of guilt and remorse to already overwhelming sense of being out of control.
  • Pleasurable activities are noticeably diminished.  You don’t answer your phone or return texts or emails from friends or relatives.  What you once enjoyed doing you aren’t doing anymore.  Life becomes tedious and meaningless and you find yourself trudging through the day, if you can bring yourself to get the day started.  You may consider ending your life.
  • Relationships are strained.  The ones you love the most annoy or irritate you and you are impatient and inconsiderate to them.  You don’t want to communicate and you prefer to be left alone.
  • You are getting negative feedback from your coworkers.  When emotions dictate your actions, job performance often suffers and even the job that you love can become stressful.  You may disconnect socially from friends, lack attention and concentration, and know that you’re just not working up to par.
  • Your friends notice that you are different and they are worried about you.  They may come to you and ask if everything is ok and suggest that you might benefit by seeking professional help.

If any of these experiences are familiar, it may be time to call the professionals at Peninsula Mental Health.