HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide

Section IV–Mental Health Facts

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Reasons to Seek Help

The following are some of the symptoms that usually signal the need for professional counseling.  Only a trained professional can diagnose and determine the treatment needed:

Crippling or excessive anxieties (phobia, fears, panic attacks)

Marked personality change

Prolonged depression and apathy (a sense of hopelessness, loss of pleasure in life, helplessness, confusion, or constant frustration)

Wide mood swings (extreme highs and lows)

Excessive anger or hostility; destructive, abusive, or violent behavior

Abuse of drugs or alcohol

Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns

Thinking or talking about suicide

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 or abuse

Preoccupation with physical illness

Strange or grandiose ideas

Problems on the job

Overall decline in job performance

Difficulty interacting with other people (friends, significant other, parents, children, and co-workers)

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Denial of obvious problems; strong resistance to receiving help

Seeing or hearing things that aren't actually present

Suspiciousness or paranoia

Extreme jealousy

Difficulty with authority

Social withdrawal and isolation

Inability to cope with the loss of a loved one

Problems with the law

Compulsive behaviors (i.e., spending, gambling, overeating)


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