Oftentimes, individuals may feel or have been told that they exhibit signs of either a mental illness or addiction, but do not know where to begin. Discovering a mental illness or uncovering an addiction is best when consulted with a healthcare professional for official diagnosis. Here are several effective ways to determine if someone may need professional help:
- Neglecting obligations – If the person is neglecting obligations or avoiding social activities, especially if the person is typically responsible and sociable, help may be needed.
- Lack of effective coping skills – If the person is harming themselves in unhealthy ways, they may need to reach out for professional support.
- Persistent physical symptoms – If an individual is experiencing constant headaches, digestive problems, or pain that do not go away with regular treatment, the person may want to consult a doctor.
- Extreme behavior – If the person is experiencing extreme highs or lows, such as: an inability to sit still, poor judgment, impulsive/risky behaviors, rushed or slurred speech, depression, isolation, constant feelings of extreme hopelessness, or severe anxiety, that person may need to seek help.
- Initiation of increased drugs or alcohol – If a person is having to drink more or use higher doses of drugs to maintain a high state they should seek out professional help to begin their journey to recovery.
- Lack of self-care – If the individual has completely stopped caring for their personal appearance or hygiene, they may need to speak to a healthcare professional to determine any risk for addiction or mental illness.
- Secrecy – If the person tends to hide something or lie about the seriousness of what they are using, they may need help. Some individuals are in denial of their addiction and may feel that their symptoms are not as severe as they really are.
- Suicidal behavior – If an individual is discussing or seriously thinking about ending their life, they should dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number at 1-800-273-8255. Afterwards, the person should seek out a therapist, support group, and other resources to help them recover.
This list is not exhaustive, and if the person feels that they need professional help, there is nothing wrong with seeking it. So many resources are available and there are plenty of people to provide support. Help is not far away and there is nothing wrong with one reaching out to others for guidance – it’s a courageous, responsible decision to stand up for one’s health and well-being.
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