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My Mental Health

When to get help

Knowing when to get help either from therapy, support groups, or a medication can be difficult. Life changes, loss, or financial stress — when added to everyday life challenges — can be a trigger for mental health issues. Or you may have had symptoms for a long time for no specific reason.

5 Signs it's time to talk to a health professional about your mental health

  • Your emotions are difficult to control and are affecting your relationships, your work, or sense of well-being.
  • You are struggling to deal with life challenges. This could include feeling like you do not have a solution or are unsure of what to do with a situation—either your own situation or a situation with a loved one.
  • Using alcohol or drugs interferes with your health or emotions. Or you are using substances to “escape” emotional pain or feelings of stress that you are not able to handle well otherwise.
  • You are feeling confused or your emotions seem more intense, and you feel a need to talk to a caring, unbiased person to help sort through difficult choices and feelings.
  • You feel hopeless or like you would rather die than feel the pain of the present.
Consult a professionalwhen making decisions about your mental health.

These are just general guidelines that are not meant to provide a diagnosis or mental health assessment; they do not address all mental health concerns.


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Stress & Anxiety

It’s important to be mindful of your stress and watch out for physical changes.

Hormones are released when you feel stressed repeatedly, and this can result in overeating, fatigue, anxiety, muscle tension/pain, and stomach upset.

If a life event or challenge at work has caused some of these symptoms, it is a good idea to start talking to a professional about how to manage and lower your stress. Learning how to deal with your stress can have benefits for your physical and mental health.

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults

Depression affects 18 million adults

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Antidepressants might help

1 in 10 take antidepressant medication

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It is VERY common to need to seek help or treatment for anxiety and depression. Many adults from all walks of life and professions find that, if they experience anxiety or depression, talking to a health care provider about their options for treatment can result in a better quality of life.

It’s important to talk to your doctor about ongoing anxiety, stress, depression, or negative feelings that stick with you. Keep in mind, it may take time to find the right prescription.

Your doctor may also advise you to make certain lifestyle changes such as exercising, eating healthy, and creating a better sleep routine.


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Grief & Loss

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Grief is a strong and difficult emotion that often takes time to work through. When grief is getting in the way of your quality of life, it is a good idea to seek help to process the loss. There are resources for grief counselors in Amarillo who specialize in the loss of a loved one who can help you in your journey to heal.


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