There is a war going on in Ukraine. It is important to monitor not only your physical safety and the safety of your loved ones, but also your psychological health. In this article, we have listed 10 signs that you or your loved one needs to talk to a psychologist.
And in our other article, you will find 9 platforms that provide free psychological help. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
1. You eat more than usual or have lost your appetite
Psychotrauma knocks us off course, so it can manifest itself in the form of problems with appetite. Some people start eating in order to “eat” their problems. And someone cannot eat at all. If you have a problem with appetite, pay attention to other emotions accompanying this condition: sadness, pessimism, low self-esteem.
2. You are depressed by little things
Increased irritability or, conversely, depression over trifles. For example, a cup broke, and you are in tears, or you start smashing the apartment, shouting at loved ones.
This is a reason to ask for help.
3. You have problems sleeping
You either sleep too much, can’t open your eyes and just want to crawl under the covers, or vice versa — not enough and can’t fall asleep.
Doctors believe that increasing sleep time is a way by which a person with psychotrauma or mental illness escapes from reality. At that time, if the thoughts are too intrusive and repetitive, sleep problems and insomnia may begin.
4. You feel useless, helpless
“I can’t do anything”, “Everything is lost”, “Everything is bad”, “I am not coping well enough with the situation”, “I will not be able to protect myself/family”, “No one will help me”. These thoughts sometimes slip through each of us during this period, but in people with a strong psychological trauma or a progressive mental illness, they become repetitive and prevent them from living normally.
If you feel that it is difficult to fight these thoughts, immediately contact a specialist.
5. You can’t concentrate
When the sirens began to roar and howl in Kyiv, I simply fell into a stupor and could not even pack my bag, because my thoughts simply slipped away. Blurred thinking is normal in stressful situations, while a constant lack of concentration and reduced cognitive abilities is already a reason to consult a doctor. Especially if it is accompanied by difficult thoughts.
6. You are not happy with what used to make you happy
If you can no longer look at your favorite things or do hobbies, even if there is time and opportunity, and at the same time you notice several other points from this article, you should talk about your well-being with a specialist.
7. You have unexpected pains
Psychosomatics causes pain that cannot be quenched in any way, even with painkillers. It is usually accompanied by malaise, problems with the stomach and digestion, and weakness in the legs.
8. You think about death. Often
Obsessive thoughts about dying or self-inflicted death, thinking about what will happen after you die, thinking of ways and coming up with a plan of action are all pretexts immediately ask for help. Do not wait for other symptoms and alarm bells! Contact a psychologist!
9. You are in a panic, anxiety
Feelings of fear and anxiety, panic are signs of anxiety disorder and depression. If you start having panic attacks, you can’t cope with anxiety — this is a reason to seek help.
10. You have no strength
I don’t want to move or do anything, but just lie down and cry, and I don’t even have the strength for tears. This is a sign that you need immediate professional help. A mental injury or disease takes too much strength from the body, which is why you feel this way.
Take care of yourself and believe in the Ukrainian Armed Forces! And also — do not hesitate to ask psychologists for help!