Minding Your Mental Healthô

 Section I - Mental Health Facts

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Reasons to Seek Help

The following are some of the symptoms that usually signal the need for professional counseling. Only a trained professional can diagnose and determine the treatment needed.

bullet Crippling or excessive anxieties (phobias, fears, panic attacks)
bullet Marked personality change
bullet Prolonged depression and apathy (a sense of hopelessness, loss of pleasure in life, helplessness, confusion, or constant frustration)
bullet Wide mood swings (extreme highs and lows)
bullet Excessive anger or hostility; destructive, abusive, or violent behavior
bullet Abuse of drugs or alcohol
bullet Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
bullet Thinking or talking about suicide
bullet A feeling that youíve lost control of your life
bullet Inability to cope with problems or daily activities, such as school, job, or personal needs
bullet Sexual problems or abuse
bullet Preoccupation with physical illness
bullet Strange or grandiose ideas
bullet Problems on the job
bullet Overall decline in job performance
bullet Difficulty interacting with other people (friends, significant other, parents, children, and co-workers)
bullet Post-traumatic stress disorder
bullet Denial of obvious problems; strong resistance to receiving help
bullet Seeing or hearing things that arenít actually present
bullet Suspiciousness or paranoia
bullet Extreme jealousy
bullet Difficulty with authority
bullet Social withdrawal and isolation
bullet Inability to cope with the loss of a loved one
bullet Problems with the law
bullet Compulsive behaviors (i.e., spending, gambling, overeating)


Reasons to Seek Help

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