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What can I do to help someone who may have a mental health problem?

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First, you notice that something doesn’t seem right. For instance, someone might seem depressed, anxious, see or hear things that aren’t there, abuse drugs, or have other problems with thinking.

Next, get help from a psychiatrist or another mental health expert (such as a psychologist or a clinical social worker). Do this ASAP. Like many other medical conditions, mental illnesses are often easiest to treat when they’re in the early stages.

From: How to Get Help for Mental Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Help for Mental Illnesses.”

American Psychological Association: “Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentiality.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Help for Mental Illnesses.”

American Psychological Association: “Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentiality.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

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