I’ve finished my degree but I am unsure of what exactly to do next. I came across your reply to the question “I’m a psychology student about to graduate and I need help deciding what field I could go into when I graduate. What could I do to help me make a decision?” After reading it, I found out that there was so much for me to try out, I feel like you’ve given me such great guidance. Wise words Teley, thank you so much!
The said question was sent in by Nadia, 21, from West London and was published in the 15th issue of the Rambler.
Early Warning signs of Mental Health Issues
Thank you for writing about mental health. My question is how do I know whether I
need help or not? — Joshua, Kumba
That is a good question. Mental health problems are very common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and some even go on to complete recovery. Many times we are unsure if what we are going through will resolve itself or if we need to seek some help. Below is a quick and dirty check for if you are unsure about whether you or someone you know is living with mental health problems. Experiencing one or more ofthe following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of a problem:
• Eating or sleeping too much or too little
• Pulling away from people and usual activities
• Having low or no energy
• Feeling numb or like nothing matters
• Having unexplained aches and pains
• Feeling helpless or hopeless
• Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
• Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
• Yelling or fighting with family and friends
• Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
• Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
• Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
• Thinking of harming yourself or others
• Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or
Approach your school’s guidance and counseling teacher, pastor, or doctor, or seek out trained counselors. If they are not qualified to help you, they may be able to refer you to just the right person.
–Best of luck with fiding the help you need, Teley.
I am an avid reader of your column. The answers you provide to questions are very detailed and useful. Would love to fid out more about Teley and her work. All the answers have been very helpful and I would love to put them in practice where applicable.
— Thank you, Catherine.
I appreciate your kind words and I am pleased to know that you find answers to other people’s questions applicable to your own life. With regards to my work, it is fair to say that my career is really a mix bag. I dare to say that I am a Jane of many trades (of course that is an exaggeration) but unlike Jack I’m working on mastering a few. So basically I do some teaching spanning from primary to postgraduate level. At primary and secondary level I tutor my own kids. It’s a crazy lifestyle called homeschooling. I cover all subjects (the sciences, Geography, Maths, English) except French, music and swimming lessons. At postgraduate level I teach on a Clinical Counselling programme.
I am currently working on my terminal degree, a professional doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy as part of which I work at the clinical psychology unit of a regional hospital. My work there is varied and interesting. I see clients (I prefer to call them clients rather than patients) suffering from depression, extreme anxiety, alcoholism, trauma and abuse-related issues, workplace bullying and harassment especially sexual harassment, panic attacks, drug abuse issues, self esteem & illness-related emotional issues.
I raise rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens for food and fun and of course I write the Tell it to Teley column. So there you have it. Now you know what’s in that mixed career bag of mine.
—Enjoy your day, Teley