Behavioral Health

Also known as: Psychology, Mental Health,

Finding the help you need

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:

  • You constantly worry
  • You feel trapped
  • You aren't getting any better with self-help
  • You feel as if you can't handle things alone
  • Your feelings are affecting your job, relationships, or sleep or eating habits

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:

  • Feeling unable to cope with your day-to-day problems, work assignments, or usual household activities
  • Being overwhelmed by a deep sense of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness
  • Having extreme mood swings, from high or hyper to down in the dumps
  • Withdrawing from people and normal activities
  • Believing things that are not true or hearing voices that are not there
  • Having thoughts or memories that you can't get out of your head
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Getting very angry or acting violently
  • Having thoughts about suicide or hurting someone else
  • Having a plan of how you would commit suicide

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.

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