Mental Health

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

When your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

The American Psychological Association recommends you seek the help of a trained mental health professional if:

  • You constantly worry.

  • You feel trapped.

  • You aren't getting any better with self-help.

  • You feel as if you can't handle things alone.

  • Your feelings are affecting your job, relationships, or sleep or eating habits.

Other reasons to seek help: Someone who knows you well suggests that you go to counseling or you have an untreated problem with substance abuse.

These are only some of the symptoms that may warrant seeking help. You may have others that concern you.

More information on mental health.

Late-Life Depression Quiz

Older adults often suffer from depression needlessly because they fail to recognize its signs or are reluctant to talk with their health care provider about it. In addition, friends and family may think that the symptoms of depression they see in an older person are just a passing mood. Depression, however, is a medical illness. Learn more about depression in the elderly by taking this quiz.

Late Life Depression Quiz

Take the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Quiz

If you notice periods of depression that seem to accompany seasonal changes during the year, you may suffer from SAD. This condition is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression alternating with periods of normal or high mood the rest of the year.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Quiz

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