We often go to a doctor to have our medical problem’s diagnosed and resolved without hesitation, and that occurs for many reasons such as not wanting to miss work, to avoid feeling badly, or to prevent one from getting their family sick. So why is our mental, emotional, or relational health different?
Therapy is often seen as a last resort. Unfortunately, when a problem reaches its pinnacle before serious attempts are made to fix it, it may already be too little too late. But seeking the help of a professional early on should be seen in the same way as going to the doctor’s at the first sign of illness; a preventative measure that will help immensely in the long run.
When people come to therapy early on, the problem has not yet overwhelmed them to the point where they have begun acting irrationally (examples of this are having an affair or becoming abusive). Thus, more serious problems are avoided, and couple’s can develop a stronger bond than ever before. In fact, couple’s that have annual “check-ups” on their relationship have stronger partnerships than those who never request the help of a couple’s therapist.
Remember, the longer you wait to seek help for a problem, the harder the issue will be to resolve. So treat your emotional health the same way you would treat your physical health, and act on the problem before it becomes unmanageable. Early intervention leads to happier, healthier relationships!
This topic of the week was written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT