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Admitting to yourself that you aren’t ok is a really tough thing to do. We all go through life asking questions like, how are you?, without really waiting for a response longer than, I’m ok. The problem is, that if you spend all your time telling yourself this too, you could find yourself quickly spiraling out of control, making things much harder to deal with.
Not being ok, is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone goes through hardships at some point during their lives and the key thing is that you identify the problem to be able to start working towards making it better. It might be a simple thing like changing your attitude and getting help with putting things in perspective, or it could be more complex like dealing with an addiction or a mental health issue.
Whatever it is that is making you not feel ok, seek treatment quickly and be willing to accept that something is wrong.
Knowing the Signs
There are lots of signs that you might not be ok that you should watch out for. It might be that you are feeling tired all the time and are unable to motivate yourself to do things. Perhaps you are finding yourself repeating behaviors compulsively throughout the day. Maybe you are turning to drugs or alcohol to try to make yourself feel better without first seeking a doctor’s advice.
Knowing what is normal for you and what is not is crucial to understanding the changes in your behaviors and identifying what is not ok. It might feel daft telling your doctor that you are tired all the time, but this is a common symptom of depression as well as many other conditions and should be treated seriously by everyone. Similarly, compulsions may not seem like a problem, especially if they are mild, but if you are being forced to change your lifestyle to incorporate them, you could be suffering with anxiety.
If you are not behaving normally, see your doctor.
What Happens Next?
Not every mental health issue is treated with drugs, and it may be that you would be better off just seeing a counselor to talk through the problem. It may also be that a lifestyle change could really help. So, if you are feeling very stressed, changing your job might help to reduce that stress and get you back to feeling normal.
In some cases, a residential treatment might help. So, what does Residential Addiction Treatment look like? Put simply, you will live in a treatment center while you get better. This is most often made available to people who have an abusive relationship with alcohol or drugs as they are helped to detox and then guided towards a healthier lifestyle with counseling, holistic therapies, and individual therapies.
Just identifying that something is not ok is the first step to recovery for anyone who feels that they may have a mental health issue or an addiction. There is no shame in admitting that something is wrong and you need help. In fact, it is one of the bravest things you can do.