Resources for Mental Health
People will most likely face mental health problems in their lifetime. Occasional sadness, stress, or grief is normal. However, if you are constantly experiencing mental health difficulties, you might need help.
Below are symptoms that may suggest that a person is having a mental health problem:
- Thoughts of self-harm
- Thoughts of hurting others
- Frequent feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, anger, or sadness
- Frequent mood swings
- Sudden memory loss
- Changes in sleeping habits
- A decline in work or school performance
- Withdrawal from relationships or social activities
- Defying authority
- Substance abuse
- Unexplained bodily pains
Where to get help in case of an emergency?
Are you having thoughts of hurting others or yourself? Don’t hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Dial 800-273-8255 and you will get the support you need 24/7.
The Healthcare Providers You Should See
There are several types of healthcare professionals who can diagnose and address mental illness. If you think you need support, see a nurse or primary physician so they can refer you to the healthcare provider you should consult with.
They might suggest that you see one of the healthcare experts listed below.
Therapists can diagnose and remedy mental health illnesses. A therapist can be a clinical counselor, psychoanalysts, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
If your primary physician suspects that you need medication, he/she will most likely suggest that you see a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist often diagnoses and manages conditions like:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
Oftentimes, psychiatrists address the conditions mentioned with medications. Most psychiatrists don’t do counseling. They usually work with other mental healthcare professionals or psychologists to provide counseling.
- Nurse Psychotherapist
Nurse psychotherapists are nurses with advanced degrees. They are well-trained as nurse practitioners or clinical specialists. In several states, nurse specialists are not permitted to prescribe medications, but nurse practitioners are authorized. Often, they combine counseling and medications to treat their patients.
Psychologists generally address mental health issues through counseling and therapy. They can treat conditions, such as anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, relationship problems, or substance abuse.
With the resources available for you, don’t withdraw from asking for help.