Should you call a friend or a therapist if you’re struggling?
When we’re hurting or in trouble, often the first instinct is to pick up the phone and call or text a close friend. But, while friendship can be a powerful means of support when you’re going through a hard time, it’s not a substitute for mental health treatment.
Your friends can be a great source of strength and encouragement, but if you’re experiencing severe mental health symptoms, there is a big difference between the support that a friend and a professional can give. Even if you’re not in crisis mode, talking to a therapist about issues you’re having with friendships can help you learn coping techniques and learn to set boundaries if needed.
If you’re struggling with symptoms that affect your ability to function, consider talking to a therapist. If you’re a close friend of someone who is, encourage them to seek help. Call Serene Health at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to schedule an appointment.