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Early warnings are important with mental health problems

When it comes to mental health problems, early detection can save lives. Too 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 to seek professional help do so. But mental health is an unavoidable aspect of overall health, and mental health screenings should be approached without reluctance or shame. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has his or her own variety of stresses which can cause or worsen mental health issues. Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety are all signs of problems with mental health.

Mental health professionals can diagnose a number of 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 administered by a mental health professional. People with no medical or psychological training 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 mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

One of the most common mental health issues is alcoholism. If you find yourself needing to drink more and more — or to drink stronger drinks — in order to get the same effect, 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 other duties and activities, it may be time to talk to a doctor. If you want to drink less but have not been able to do so, you should ask for help. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, follows much the same pattern.

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 If someone seems more withdrawn than usual, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden, you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

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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