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Early warnings are important with mental health problems

(The following is a dramatization.)

Psychological problems have a way of sneaking up on people. They start out within the range of normal behavior, but then veer into more dangerous habits.

Kevin thought it was normal to get drunk every weekend. It was just his way of having fun. Then he began to notice that it was not as much fun as it used to be. He needed more drinks and stronger drinks to get the same effect he had once gotten from a few beers. During the week, he would zone out in class and watch the hands of the clock inch their way towards the moment when he could start drinking again. When he saw what this was doing to his grades, he began to wonder if he needed help. A mental health screening let him know that what he was experiencing was the early stages of alcoholism, but there was still time to recover with relatively little damage to his life or health.

Beth thought it was normal to feel down from time to time, but lately she felt down all the time. The things she used to enjoy — tennis, her favorite TV shows, hanging out with her friends — lately did not give her any pleasure at all. She found herself worrying a lot. Worrying about grades, about money, about her boyfriend, about her weight. She found herself waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep. She felt worthless, and could not say exactly why. It was becoming harder and harder to imagine doing anything to fix any of this. It was the headaches and nausea that made her wonder if she had a medical problem. She went to get a checkup. The doctor she described her symptoms to recommended a mental health screening. There she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression.

Scott thought the listless and withdrawn behavior of his roommate was normal. Then his roommate started talking about feeling trapped. He kept apologizing for everything he did, and claimed he was burdening his family with the money they were spending. When he started talking about suicide, Scott urged him to get a mental health screening.

A number of problems can be diagnosed by mental health screenings. These include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. 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 screenings 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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