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When your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Mental conditions are real. They can be life-threatening. But they're also common and very treatable. How do you know you need help? As with many physical health problems, change is the key. If you have a marked and persistent change in personality, mood, or eating or sleeping habits, that's a sign something may be going on.
The American Psychological Association recommends you seek the help of a trained mental health professional if:
Other reasons to seek help: Someone who knows you well suggests that you go to counseling or you have an untreated problem with substance abuse.
These are only some of the symptoms that may warrant seeking help. You may have others that concern you:
If you have any of these symptoms, it's better to get treatment sooner than later. These are warning signs that you definitely need help.
If you need help, talk to your primary care provider to receive a referral.