When should you get help?
The following symptoms might be signs of an underlying mental health condition:
- thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- frequent or persistent feelings of sadness, anger, fear, worry, or anxiety
- frequent emotional outbursts or mood swings
- confusion or unexplained memory loss
- delusions or hallucinations
- intense fear or anxiety about weight gain
- dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
- unexplained changes in school or work performance
- inability to cope with daily activities or challenges
- withdrawal from social activities or relationships
- defiance of authority, truancy, theft, or vandalism
- substance abuse, including alcoholism or use of illegal drugs
- unexplained physical ailments
If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, get help right away. If you have other symptoms on this list, make an appointment with your doctor. Once they’ve ruled out a physical basis for your symptoms, they may refer you to a mental health specialist and other resources.
How can you get help in an emergency?
Are you making plans to hurt yourself or another person? That’s a mental health emergency. Go to a hospital emergency department or contact your local emergency services right away. Dial 911 for immediate emergency help.