Over the course of your lifetime, major changes will occur. While many will be positive, many more will cause significant stress as you adjust to a ‘new normal’. Examples of major life changes include marriage, moving or buying a new home, divorce, starting a new school or college, a new job, having a child, or the death of a loved one.
On a positive note, challenging life changes can influence personal growth, improve skills or knowledge, make you stronger & more confident and develop greater empathy for others. However, the stress that comes with some of these changes can have negative impacts on your life and in some cases can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleeping issues or dependencies on drugs or alcohol.
If you are experiencing any of these negative effects, the best thing that you can do is to talk to someone - family, friends, and / or a therapist. An accredited Psychotherapist can provide expert help as you navigate major changes and deal with any issues (anxiety, addiction etc.) that have arisen as a result.
IAHIP Psychotherapists are trained to help navigate people through life changes. You can search the IAHIP Psychotherapist Directory for this particular issue or any of the issues that may have developed from these changes.
On the Directory page, simply type the issue into the ‘Areas of Interest’ Box:
For more information on Life Changes, you can access articles from our professional journal - Inside Out. Go to the top left of this website page and enter ‘Life Change’ into the search box.