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Reasons To Seek Help

The following symptoms usually signal the need for professional help. Only a trained professional can diagnose and determine the treatment needed.

  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren't actually present
  • Suspiciousness or paranoia
  • Strange or grandiose ideas
  • Crippling or excessive anxieties (fears or phobias)
  • Wide mood swings (extreme highs and lows)
  • Prolonged depression and apathy (a sense of hopelessness, loss of pleasure in life, confusion or constant frustration)
  • Marked personality change
  • Compulsive behaviors (i.e., over spending, overeating, excessive exercising)
  • Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Excessive anger or hostility; destructive, abusive, or violent behavior
  • Problems with the law
  • Difficulty with authority
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Difficulty interacting with other people (spouse, parents, children, coworkers, and friends)
  • Denial of obvious problems; strong resistance to receiving help
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Inability to cope with the loss of a loved one
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Preoccupation with physical illness
  • Overall decline in job performance
  • Problems on the job
  • A feeling that you've lost control of your life
  • Inability to cope with problems or daily activities such as school, job or personal needs
  • Sexual problems