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 in young children. They will take a detailed family history, write down your child's developmental 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, have your child see his or her healthcare provider. Their 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 take your child to a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or behavioral therapist. If your child goes to school, the school's staff (counselors, school psychologists, and teachers) may become important members of your child's treatment team.