The Pros and Cons of Seeing a Psychologist

The Pros and Cons of Seeing a Psychologist

We all have difficulties and problems in our lives. You may wonder if your symptoms are bad enough to see a psychologist. Perhaps you are ready to see a Psychologist but don’t know the downsides. Here are the pros and cons of seeing a psychologist.

One pro of seeing a psychologist is they will listen to your problems without judging. You may not have anyone around that you can talk to about your problems. Or perhaps you have a lot of people around you but you fear that they will judge you. Talking to a psychologist is the perfect way to talk your problems out without fear of being judged.

Another pro of seeing a psychologist is they can diagnose and treat any underlying mental illness that you may have. Psychologists work closely beside Psychiatrists who can prescribe medications that will help you feel better, and alleviate your symptoms.Psychologists provide treatments without medication that will help you will your problems. Without going to a psychologist you may not know the underlying reasons why certain things are happening in your life.

There are a lot of pros when it comes to seeing a psychologist but there are also a lot of cons. One of these cons is that they are often very expensive. Psychologists can charge a lot per hour and their rates vary based on location. If you are strapped for cash and don’t qualify for free or reduced therapy then going to see a psychologist might not be your best option.

Another con to seeing a psychologist is it is very time consuming. If you already have a lot on your plate with work and home life then fitting in sessions with a psychologist might not work for you. Usually Psychologists want to see you at least once a week (sometimes a couple times) and normally for an hour or longer.

Every person must weigh the pros and cons for themselves on whether they should go see a Psychologist. Seeing a professional is right for some but not for others. Using this list of pros and cons you can figure out whether going to see a Psychologist is right for you.

Does sleep keep you sane?


The average adult requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep to ensure they are able to function well the next day whether at work or in school. Sleep helps to revitalize the body but in order to have a great nap, you need to have a steady bed, a good mattress and (preferably in my opinion) a down comforter!
The above combination will help provide your body with the necessary comfort and elevation needed. Below are benefits of sleep to your psychological well being.

Helps to improve your memory

While you sleep, your mind stays busy allowing you to have sweet dreams and in other instances, nightmares. Studies have shown that if you want to learn something and be able to commit it to memory, practice it when sleeping. Be it Spanish or a new tennis swing or a new trick, practicing it while you sleep helps to improve your memory. This process is called consolidation.

Helps to spur creativity

Are you painter, musician, actor, writer or poet? Having a great sleep helps to bring your creative juices to your finger tips. Combination of consolidation that helps to improve your memory and great sleep helps to reorganize and restructure memories and ideas.
This helps to spur creativity and allow an artist to come up with a master piece.

Helps to improve grades

Check out this video on deep sleep improving your intelligence:

Young children and adults who are still studying need to have a great sleep before facing the next day. Why? This is because sleep provides a chance of rest to your mind and body as well. A well rested individual will stay alert and concentrate in their studies during class.
Lack of enough sleep usually results in students napping in class and losing concentration which means important information will fly by. This will reflect poorly in their exams. Next time your are facing your finals, ensure you have a great sleep using goose down pillows to rest your head and your mind will be focused allowing you to pass well.

Helps to sharpen one’s attention

When adults fail to rest well at night, they become sleepy during the next day as opposed to children who usually become hyperactive. This usually results in children being inattentive and impulsive. Sleeping the required 7 to 8 hours helps to sharpen the attention of a child and allow them to grow normally and interact with other children well.

Helps to reduce stress

Stress and sleep go hand in hand therefore depriving yourself the required 8 to 9 hours of sleep will lead to being tired therefore losing attention to what’s happening in the surrounding. Tiredness kicks in which eventually is followed by stress. Stress leads to several complications especially where cardiovascular health is concerned.
To eliminate stress, it is important to rest your head on goose down pillows and ensure you sleep the required 8 hours.


Free Your Mind: The Practice of Using Music To Releive Stress

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The practice of using music to relieve stress is nothing new to us. History shows us several examples of how rulers in ancient times had musicians available to them in court to play for them when they felt the mood. These first stress relievers were called bards or minstrels. Listening to someone play for you is just one way you can use music to help relieve stress.

There have been several studies done on music and stress relief. There is very little doubt that music can be used to positively affect a person’s mind or mood. Different types of music can bring about different reactions. Slow and soothing instrumental music can help a person relax and unwind from a tough day. Music can also be used to induce a positive frame of mind, it just involves playing different music.

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The practice of using music to relieve stress has proven so effective it has expanded into it’s own medical discipline, called music therapy. Many major hospitals and medical centers around the world have devoted at least some of their resources to this type of therapy. They employ musical therapists who use various types of music and musical instruments in an attempt to help emotionally troubled patients break out of their shells. So far the results have been pretty encouraging, there are even new dj mixes by some prominent artists that attempt to use music in this fashion and promote their albums as healing.

So how does it all work? Well the human brain is a pretty complex organ, one we don’t quite fully understand yet. Scientists and researchers theorize that when music is played it may increase the production of endorphins and other chemicals like it in the brain. When these endorphins are present, a person’s mood will improve and their body will relax. This effect has been documented in many of the studies done on using music to relive stress and is pretty much considered to be fact by the experts.

So what kind of music helps relieve stress the best? The answer is pretty much up to the individual. Studies have shown that certain types of music can be more relaxing than other kinds. Many people favor Native American music, others like the sounds of the ancient Celt instruments. Another popular choice involves using the sounds of nature like thunder and falling rain combined with some soft instrumentals.

The choices mentioned above are just suggestions if you are having a hard time relaxing. You don’t have to use those kinds of music if you don’t want to. You should listen to something you like, it can be from any musical genre. People can unwind just as easily with a soothing country song as they can with the sounds of thunder and lightning. Sometimes the emotional impact of the song is just as important as its tempo. A song that takes you to a good place inside your mind can definitely help reduce your stress.

Music can be a very powerful thing. The practice of using music to help relieve stress and solve other emotional problems is beneficial to our society as a whole and should be encouraged wherever possible. Music makes people happy, music makes people sad, it makes people think. That can only be a good thing. Music can help relieve stress, but it can do so much more than that. Give it a shot, turn on your favorite song right now and see how it makes you feel.

Physical Exhibitions of Psychological Stress

It’s quite easy for one to get lost in this driven, workaday world. Thoughts of deadlines, bill payments, and various other situations the average citizen deals with on a regular bases clouds the minds of the first world. This coupled with the plethora of issues facing modern society such as unemployment, the soaring of tuition fees for colleges and universities, and rising living costs results in an increased level of mental stress for the common person. Psychological stress, in shorter terms, is the sensation of pressure or tension, which is surprisingly a naturally occurring phenomenon. Minute amounts of ‘positive’ stress is even considered as healthy, and is said to aid muscular performance, self-motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the surrounding environment.


Despite this, not all stress is considered beneficial, and like most things, an excess amount of it can be dangerous to a man or woman. The human body has little in the way of telling physical and psychological stress apart, which means that the effects of an overdue credit card bill can even mirror what one experiences in a life or death struggle. Considering that the amount of stress exhibited in said scenario is extremely high, for one to face this amount of mental strain on a regular basis is rather troubling.


Thankfully, many of the signs of unusually high amounts of stress are easily discernible. The more obvious symptoms include, but are not limited to: headaches, weight problems, lack of sleep, irregular digestive activity, an increased frequency of colds and other common illnesses, a higher level of blood pressure, and a lower amount of energy. Vaguer warning signs exist as well in the forms of depression, mood swings, and the inability to focus. Of these symptoms, the one that sees the least amount of attention is the grinding of teeth during the night.

teeth grinding

The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism, and is normally not an issue if it does not occur regularly. However, an excess amount of stress can result in an increased amount of teeth grinding during sleep, and if left untreated, tooth damage can occur. High amounts of bruxism can also result in other oral complications, even going so far as to cause permanent hearing damage. The most difficult part about diagnosing bruxism is the fact that it occurs while the subject is unconscious, meaning that without a second party to witness the event, many never realize the issue until it’s too late. Regularly visiting the dentist is critical in maintaining oral health, and is highly recommended if one suspects that they grind their teeth at night.

Being Mindful of Stress

Many of us experience feelings of stress whether at work or in our private life. However not everyone realizes how much of an impact it can have upon their effectiveness at work.

Stress reduces our ability to concentrate and can make our interpersonal relationships with clients and colleagues difficult. It can leave us with a constant feeling of tiredness and perhaps even a desire not to be at work.

This can become a vicious circle where the need to work fuels stress which feeds the need to be away from work which causes feelings on concern and more stress.

Many people turn to their doctor for help with stress hoping that medication with solve the problem. Others turn to solutions such as alcohol.

The former can have side effects such as leaving you lethargic and the latter in the long run only increases the anxiety associated with stress. If neither of these methods work then what is the solution? There are three things that can improve your stress levels when at work and when not at work.

When at work

Having experienced the feeling of stress even travelling to work I know the importance of planning your day. It is best to do this the day before so that you go home each evening with a plan for the following day which hopefully allows you to switch off in the evenings.

Secondly take breaks during your day. Do not stay at your desk or in your office when you get a break. Even if it is just 10 minutes try to get outside, have a brief walk, see if you can find something to take your mind off things for a few moments. People watching is fine, sitting on a bench reading something light is also good. Make sure you have a proper break for lunch and once again do not stay in the work environment.

Any enlightened boss will know that a stressed worker is less effective so talk to them about the cause of your stress. If their is a particular aspect of your work that creates the most stress discuss it with them and see if you can agree a way to lessen you anxiety about the task.

When not at work

If at all possible try and leave work at your workplace even if it means staying a little longer to finish something so that your free time is your time. Exercise is excellent for combatting stress. Walking is absolutely fine and the method that I use. A half hour walk in a local park works wonders. Other people prefer to run, others to play a competitive sport such as squash or badminton. You will feel better because you have left work at the workplace and you have engaged with something different.


Finally try to plan to make effective use of your weekends and free time. Plan something for each weekend. If you just sit at home then your mind will drift back to your problems. Sunday nights are difficult for everyone but even more so if you are stressed. Find yourself a “Sunday evening” activity that will allow you to relax, enjoy the whole weekend and get to sleep. I know I love to bust out my best ping pong paddle and give my son a whooping every week to relieve my stress!

So to recap, plan your days, take regular breaks and leave work at the workplace. When away from work find activities that give you some exercise and allow you to switch off.


Facts About Stress

Life can be beautiful but problems will be a part of our existence. In a perfect world, we want to live problem free, stress free and trouble free. The truth is that problems and how we deal with them plays a major role in every day living. We learn how to deal with each situation.

Stress levels can be measured by how a person handles it. One person can deal with stress much different than the person next to them.

It’s been reported that a problem like financial hardship creates stressful situations in a house hold which leads to arguments and disputes. Couples can feel the tremendous affect and can begin distancing from each other increasing the stress level. The distance and disconnect from your partner or significant other is just another situation added to the first problem of financial hardship. It’s like a domino effect.

Financial hardship can tie into an addition to the family. A new baby at a time when a person is more financially challenged can be extremely stressful.

Kelly Mcgonigals talks about how to make stress your friend here in this video:

Everyday stress can also be caused by not having enough time. This alone creates a stressful situation when a person feels that there’s just not enough time in the day to complete their tasks. Spending more time at work, less time a home, or speeding to get to their destination. This situation again, can add to family stress. Not being able to manage our time can develop into a bigger and more stressful situation.

Coping With Stress

The manner in which people cope with stress can be a stressful situation in itself. It’s been reported that people develop bad eating habits increasing stress levels due to health reasons. Overeating increases weight gain due to this unhealthy habit creating a health risk and adding to stress levels. On the other hand, if a person starves during stressful situations it’s also a health risk.

In a situation where a person spends thousands of hours on the Internet at work and home, an attack on their computer can be devastating. In 2014  a file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems. The cryptowall virus held 5 billion files hostage from computers creating a very stressful situation for those infected. The threat had been out since 2013 but had been overshadowed by CyrptoLocker. People lost money after being asked for ransom money to release files. The ransom ranged anywhere between $100 and $500. This is money that a victim may or may not have.

The day to day stress and the inability to deal with that stress can create mental health problems. A person can develop social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction and even personality disorder. A person struggling with stress can also begin experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship problems and even learning disabilities.