If you are having a hard time with your mental health, you are not alone. When you are struggling, it is easy to forget about external resources that are meant to help. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I needed help but finally seeking it was the most beneficial thing I could have done for my anxiety and depression. Here are 10 signs that you should seek professional help for your mental illness:
- If you are having trouble completing your school work.
- If you find it difficult to attend class or work.
- If your relationships with your friends, family, or significant other are changing for the worse and/or you find it difficult to attend social events.
- If you find it hard to complete day-to-day activities like doing the dishes or showering.
- If you notice a change in your appetite or eating habits.
- If people close to you express concern.
- If you no longer enjoy your hobbies.
- If you constantly feel sad although good things are happening.
- If you are turning to drugs or alcohol to feel better.
- If you have thoughts of dying or want to commit suicide.
There are many outlets of professional help. If you are a current college student, try reaching out to the Mental Health Center on your campus. A great resource that I have used to find therapists and psychiatrists off-campus is Psychology Today. If reaching out to get help seems like an insurmountable task (like it seemed to me), ask a friend or family member to help you do research or come wait in the lobby with you for your appointment. If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911.
Remember, you are not your mental illness. You are strong, and you can get through whatever life is handing you right now because it will not last forever.