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When to Seek Help from a Professional

 You should get evaluated by a professional if you've had five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms cause such a big change that you can't keep up your usual routine.....
When You're Depressed...
  • You feel sad or cry a lot and it doesn't go away.
  • You feel guilty for no reason; you feel like you're no good; you've lost your confidence.
  • Life seems meaningless or like nothing good is ever going to happen again. You have a negative attitude a lot of the time, or it seems like you have no feelings.
  • You don't feel like doing a lot of the things you used to like - like music, sports, being with friends, going out - and you want to be left alone most of the time.
  • It's hard to make up your mind. You forget lots of things, and it's hard to concentrate.
  • You get irritated often. Little things make you lose your temper; you over-react.
  • Your sleep pattern changes; you start sleeping a lot more or you have trouble falling asleep at night. Or you wake up really early most mornings and can't get back to sleep.
  • Your eating pattern changes; you've lost your appetite or you eat a lot more.
  • You feel restless and tired most of the time.
  • You think about death, or feel like you're dying, or have thoughts about committing suicide.
When You're Manic...
  • You feel high as a kite...like you're "on top of the world."
  • You get unreal ideas about the great things you can do...things that you really can't do.
  • Thoughts go racing through your head, you jump from one subject to another, and you talk a lot.
  • You're a non-stop party, constantly running around.
  • You do too many wild or risky things: with driving, with spending money, with sex, etc.
  • You're so "up" that you don't need much sleep.
  • You're rebellious or irritable and can't get along at home or school, or with your friends.
Talk to Someone
If you are concerned about depression in yourself or a friend, TALK TO SOMEONE about it. There are people who can help you get treatment:
  • a professional at a mental health center or Mental Health Association
  • a trusted family member
  • your family doctor
  • your clergy
  • a school counselor or nurse
  • a social worker
  • a responsible adult
Or, if you don't know where to turn, the telephone directory or information operator should have phone numbers for a local hotline or mental health services or referrals.
Depression & Bi-polar illness can affect people of any age, race, ethnic or economic group.

TIP:  Program emergency numbers into your cell phone!  Include physician, counselor, local mental health hospital unit, Social Worker, Crisis Intervention personnel - so they are easy to access!! 


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