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Watch for the warning signs

It is hard to ask for a mental health screening — so much so, in fact, that some communities in North Carolina are using computers to help people self-screen for mental health and substance abuse issues. But mental health is an unavoidable aspect of overall health, and mental health problems, like any other health problems, should be confronted without shame or reluctance. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has to deal with their own set of stresses which can cause or worsen mental health issues. Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety are all signs that something is wrong. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness is so strong that less than half of those who need to seek help do so.

Alcoholism is one of the most common mental health issues. If you find that drinking a certain amount of alcohol no longer affects you as it did before, if you feel sick when you have gone without a drink for a while, or if you are preoccupied with drinking to the point where you forget about other duties and activities, it may be time to talk to a doctor — especially if you want to drink less but have not been able to do so. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, follows a similar pattern.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide. If someone seems more withdrawn than usual, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden, you should recommend that they seek out a mental health screening. This is even more true if you find yourself dwelling on the subject.

Some of the problems that a doctor may be able to diagnose are eating disorders, alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts, drug problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online medical tests are available, it is better to have the test administered by a mental health professional. Individual may not be able to tell the difference between going through a tough time and suffering from the onset of mental illness, especially if they are trying to self-diagnose. A doctor is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Getting a mental health screening in Matthews, NC

If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness, you will want to find a place as near as possible for diagnosis and treatment. The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.



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