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This is a place where you can learn more about me as a pschologist and how I might be of help to you and where you can learn more about mental health. The better informed you are, the better decisions you can make when you’re facing difficulties and challenges.
If you have questions that are not answered here, contact me at DrBobStewart@comcast.net or call Pathways at 970-353-2000.
WHEN TO SEEK HELP
No one can avoid problems, difficulties and concerns in life. Family conflicts, work or school stress, career decisions, relationships, illnesses and injuries, traumatic events, financial struggles – many life events can be challenging and stressful. In spite of these challenges, mentally healthy people enjoy life and feel good about themselves most of the time, feel comfortable with other people, and are able to meet the demands of life. When they have problems they can’t manage, they seek help. Seeking help is an effective way to solve problems. It is a sign of strength and wisdom. But how do you know when help is needed?
No line neatly divides everyday emotions from serious distress that requires professional counseling. Sometimes family, friends or self-help books are enough. Sometimes they are not. In fact, family and friends may be part of the problem rather than the solution, or you may just need a more objective point of view than family or friends can provide. When you have problems in life that are too difficult to handle alone or that continue in spite of help from family, friends or books, it's time to look for a mental health professional, someone who can offer neutral, objective feedback and coaching on how to make changes.
The National Institute of Mental Health says more than one quarter of Americans 18 and older need help dealing with emotions and thoughts and problems that seem too difficult to handle alone. Mental health issues are the leading cause of disabilities for people between the ages of 15 and 44.
The most common forms of mental and emotional distress are feelings of anxiety or depression, but distress can show up in many ways. You may feel stuck, trapped, or unable to change thoughts, feelings, actions, or circumstances you don’t like. You may lose interest in activities, withdraw from other people, stay mostly alone, or have few or no friends. You may worry excessively, feel nervous a lot, have difficulty sleeping, or have intense anxiety or panic attacks. You may dislike yourself, believe you have no worth or value, think you do everything wrong, or doubt you can ever succeed at anything important. You may become so energetic and optimistic at times that your plans are foolish and your efforts are frantic and unproductive. Sometimes your family, friends or co-workers may see changes in you that you don’t notice. Listen to people you trust, and check with a mental health professional when you have doubts about how you’re doing.
You should seek help when:
● your usual problem-solving methods are not working;
● you are still confused or distressed after trying to manage;
● your problem or distress interferes with normal life activities;
● your “solutions” cause more problems than they solve (for example, alcohol, drugs, over- or under-eating)
● you are in a situation that is physically, sexually or emotionally harmful to you.:
● you begin feeling so hopeless or desparate that you think about suicide.
There are times when you should seek help immediately. Call 911 if you or someone you know is:
● planning to commit suicide;
● hearing or seeing unwanted things others don’t hear or see;
● extremely confused, excited or agitated or acting in strange ways;
● planning to hurt someone else;
● unable to take care of basic self needs, such as eating or hygiene.
Many things in life can disrupt your ability to cope. Pay attention to your feelings and to the opinions of those you trust. Ask yourself, “Could I use some help right now?” If the answer is “yes,” call a mental health professional. No one should suffer needlessly.
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Dr. Bob Stewart at Pathways (970) 353-2000
Dr. Bob Stewart at Pathways (970) 353-2000