What kinds of mental health symptoms should prompt you to call your doctor and immediately schedule a mental health evaluation?
People often neglect their brains far longer than they would their bodies if they were in a similar state of pain or distress, sometimes because they’re afraid of being labeled “crazy” or of being put on medication. However, the reality is that mental health problems, if left untreated, can cause quite serious havoc, or even danger, to your life.
So if you’re struggling with any mental health symptoms that feel hard to deal with it’s always worth finding a qualified medical professional who can answer your questions and guide you towards mental health treatment centers.
If any of these five mental health symptoms below are occurring in your life then make sure you seek a doctor or find mental health inpatient treatment centers that employ specialized psychological health professionals that can help.
- Suicidal Thoughts
Thoughts about self-harm or suicide, even if they’re “unserious” ramblings or the odd bit of panicked 3 a.m. irrationality are reason enough to talk to a professional as soon as possible. This can indicate serious unhappiness, a trapped feeling, hopelessness, self-punishment, a reaction to severe stress or other factors of mental health that need assessment, quite possibly at available mental health treatment centers.
This can be a difficult one to see when it is happening to you, as our thoughts tend to feel reasonable to us. This is why increased paranoia may first be noticed by friends or family, rather than the person experiencing it. No matter what its roots, paranoia needs to be checked if it’s actively impeding your life and causing you serious fear.
Sometimes medication is to blame, but if there’s no clear reason for you to be seeing, hearing, or otherwise experiencing things that aren’t there, raise this issue with a medical professional who can be found in any number of mental health inpatient treatment centers.
- Compulsions and Fear-Based Behavior
Do you avoid social spaces, particular scenarios, or people or animals due to crippling terror? Do you actively shape your life around avoiding triggering anxiety? Any one of these may indicate that an anxiety issue has gotten slightly out of control and could benefit from professional attention.
- Serious Lack of Motivation
People often believe that depression is all about sadness, but it’s actually a far wider-ranging psychological condition that encompasses a lot of different behaviors and symptoms. We’re not talking about the occasional bout of boredom or lack of forward momentum on a Sunday afternoon; if your lack of motivation is preventing you from living an ordinary life, seeing friends, doing a job or maintaining your own health, then get yourself to a doctor.
In fact, none of these problems are hopeless, no matter how bleak you might feel right now about treatment working for you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from reaching out and talking to someone, preferably in recommended mental health treatment facilities.
There is hope
If you’re experiencing mental health distress but are not able to get to a doctor, contact a mental health hotline, like the National Alliance on Mental illness is at 800-950-6264, Mental Health American is at 800-969-6642, or the Panic Disorder Information Hotline is at 800-64-PANIC. You can also try local hotlines affiliated with medical centers in your area.
And if you have experienced any suicidal or self-harming thoughts, seek help from a helpline, a friend or family member you trust, or a mental health professional immediately.
You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline anytime at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK), or contact the American Society for Suicide Prevention Web site for support (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/).
And remember that treatment, help, and hope are always obtainable.