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Frequently Asked Questions 

Mental health issues in the United States are extremely common. Examples of mental illness include anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and addictive behaviors. If you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms, you might find answers to some of your questions below.

Questions About Mental Health

What Causes Mental Health Issues?

Challenges or problems with your mental health can arise from psychological, biological, and social, issues, as well as life events. Examples of these challenges include childhood abuse, trauma, neglect, isolation or loneliness, and experiencing racism, disadvantage, poverty, or debt.

What Should I Do if There is a Crisis or Emergency?

If someone is in danger of hurting themselves or someone else, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. If you're experiencing a mental health crisis and need support now, call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The 988 number connects callers to trained crisis counselors.

Where Can I Go To Find Mental Health Therapy?

Different kinds of therapy are more effective based on the nature of the mental health condition and/or symptoms and the person who has them (for example, children will benefit from a therapist who specializes in children’s mental health). In some cases, a combination of treatments can help.

What Types Of Mental Health Treatments Are There? 

Mental health conditions are often treated with evidence-based solutions, including medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Other types of treatment include Complementary & Alternative Treatments, self-help plans, and peer support.

What Are The Different Types Of Mental Health Professionals?

There are many types of mental health professionals. Finding the right one for you may require some research. Examples of mental health professionals include psychologists, counselors, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians.

Finding Help and Getting Treatment

Where Can I Go To Find A Support Group?

Peer support is a helpful tool that can aid in recovery. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members, and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.

Where Can I Go To Find Inpatient Care? 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, inpatient care can help. Inpatient care can help people stabilize on new medications, adjust to new symptoms, or get the help they need.

What are addiction treatment programs?

An addiction treatment program provides the necessary support for those seeking to end an addiction. There are a wide variety of treatment programs available, ranging from a hospital-level care facility to residential treatment programs.

Source: Mental Health America

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