When to seek medical advice
Are you struggling with your emotions and think you may have a mental health problem? You might want to pay a visit to your doctor if you have the symptoms of mental health illness described above. Your doctor can then determine and refer you to a mental health specialist. Ignoring your situation will only make it worse, a mental disorder won’t improve if left untreated. The symptoms can get worse and eventually cause even more serious problems.
Do you suspect a loved one is struggling with a mental health illness? This can put tremendous strain on family members and friends, and it can be difficult to know what to do. In certain circumstances, it can be quite obvious somebody is struggling with a problem, but you cannot force them to seek help. You should also not form your conclusions or diagnosis. The best you can do is to offer them encouragement and support. Talk to them openly about what is bothering them, ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.
Listen to what they have to say and try not to force an issue, like going to see a doctor. Avoid confrontation and let them make the decision, you can also offer to go with them to show your support. In circumstances where the situation is serious and they are considering harming themselves, it is important to get help immediately. Call a helpline or go to the hospital if necessary.