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Many people don’t see warning signs

Last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. If you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. There is nothing wrong with not knowing about a mental health awareness week. The problem comes when you aren’t aware of problems in your own mental health, or in that of the people closest to you.

Many people ignore warning signs in themselves and others due to the social stigma of mental illness or the fear of expenses they might not be able to meet. Less than half of those who need professional help seek it out. But mental health is an essential part of overall health, and if you are at all worried, mental health screenings should be approached without reluctance or shame. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has his or her own set of stresses which can cause problems or worsen existing issues.

Common problems

One common mental health problem is alcoholism. If you find that the usual amount of alcohol doesn’t get you as drunk as it used to, if you feel sick when you have gone without alcohol for a while, or if you think about drinking to the point where you forget about everything else, it may be time to talk to a doctor. If you want to cut back but haven’t been able to, you should ask for help. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, is much the same as alcoholism.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide in others. If someone seems particularly withdrawn, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden on others, you should suggest that they seek help as soon as possible.  If you find yourself dwelling on the subject of suicide, it is even more important that you get a mental health screening.

Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety can all be signs of problems with mental health. Professionals can diagnose many problems using mental health screenings. These problems include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online tests are available, it is better to have the test done by a mental health professional. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

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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