When should I seek professional help?


People generally seek help for mental and emotional problems for three reasons: They notice a significant shift in how they feel about themselves, they become aware of ongoing difficulties in their close personal relationships, or they have chronic problems getting along with people at work.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I been feeling less happy, less confident, or less in control than usual for a period of several weeks or longer?

  • Are emotional problems getting in the way of my work, relationships, or other aspects of my life?

  • Have my own efforts to deal with a problem failed to resolve the situation?

  • Do I feel emotionally "stuck" and helpless to change my behavior or circumstances?

If you answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, seek help from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist.

Therapy can be a tool for change and a source of support when you need it most.

Your treatment may require medication and talk therapy.

This information was obtained from The University of Utah Health Care 2013.