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Understanding Mental Health
Mental health conditions may be passed down through the family, or they can occur because of abnormal brain chemistry, substance abuse or in response to traumatic events or an abusive environment. In other words, a mental illness is not the fault of the person who is suffering.
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
- Stress and anxiety
- Substance abuse
Where to Start
Finding help starts with understanding where to begin. There are many people and places that can equip you with the right resources.
Your Health Care Provider
Your health care provider knows you and likely will notice any changes in your mood or personality. They can also rule out possible physical reasons for your symptoms.
Community Mental Health Centers
These organizations give counseling and other services on a sliding fee scale, based on your income.
On-site mental health professionals can provide immediate evaluation and treatment.
Support and Self-Help Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are just two examples of peer and family support groups that meet both online and in person.
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Go to the emergency room or call 911 for temporary help if you are in an immediate state of crisis. There, health care providers will also be able to tell you where and how to get more help.