1. In the last 6 months, have you experienced anxiety, fear, worry that’s out of control, agitation, restlessness, or trouble sleeping? If so, how often have you experienced these types of emotions? If you have been suffering constantly or often, you may want to talk to a therapist or someone you trust to get to the source of these emotions.
2. Have you been experiencing physical and emotional attacks recently? For example, has your heart rate increased or have you started sweating profusely all of a sudden? Have your hands trembled, or have you had trouble breathing? If so, how often have these attacks occurred? If they occur often and severely, you should seek professional treatment to get to the cause of these attacks.
3. Sometimes mental health problems manifest as physical symptoms. Have you experienced hot flashes, cold flashes, stomach issues, dizziness, or chest pain? If so, have these symptoms been severe? If so, you should get a checkup from your physician to rule out physical conditions that could cause these symptoms before checking in with a therapist.
4. Another thing you need to evaluate during your mental health self-evaluation is how often you’ve experienced panic attacks over the last few months. Perhaps these panic attacks are the result of previous trauma that could be overcome with the guidance of a therapist.
5. Finally, ask yourself if your personality or habits have changed recently. For example, over the last few months, have you stopped doing things that you normally would enjoy doing? Have you felt sad more than happy? Have you gained or lost weight? And has your pace changed at all as you move through the day? If so, a therapist could definitely help you get back to being your old self.
After completing a mental health self-evaluation, you may realize that you really do need to talk to a therapist, or you may realize that you are really suffering from something like anxiety that you can treat with an over-the-counter product like Zanaprin. No matter what, asking yourself these questions can be extremely helpful and revealing.