Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
If you have thoughts of suicide, seek medical care immediately.
The American Psychological Association also advises that you get the help of a trained mental health provider if:
These are only some of the symptoms that call for getting help.
The first person to talk with may be your primary care provider. They will help you determine if your symptoms may be caused by health conditions. If a health condition is not the cause, your provider may be able to suggest a state-licensed mental health provider.
These are the types of professionals who provide mental health services:
A mental health provider will make the diagnosis. They will take a detailed family history and watch current symptoms. Standardized testing may also be done. The mental health provider will then analyze all of the information and if certain diagnostic criteria are met, they will make a diagnosis.
First, you should see your healthcare provider. Your provider will first rule out any health conditions that could be causing the symptoms. If no conditions are found, their provider may advise you to see a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or behavioral therapist.