When Should People Seek Mental Health Treatment?

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When Should People Seek Mental Health Treatment?

11 October 2021
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One of the most fortunate aspects of modern American culture is the widespread acceptance of the need for mental health services. Some folks struggle, though, to determine when it's wise to ask for advice. There are, however, several scenarios where you should strongly consider seeking mental health treatment.

Prolonged Periods of Emotional or Mental Trouble

Understandably, everybody has times when they don't feel emotionally or mentally well. It's okay to feel bad or even depressed. However, you should express concern to a professional if your feelings don't shift after two weeks. Generally, events should come and go in a way that changes your mood over that sort of period. If not, it may be a sign of a more persistent problem that deserves a professional's attention.

Reduced Functionality

Once more, everybody has feelings. Once those feelings get to the point they significantly impair your ability to handle everyday functions, mental health treatment should be an option. For example, someone might have a hard time getting around to cleaning their house. If that feeling persists and gets to the point their house becomes a noticeable mess, though, they should ask for counseling.

Suicidal Ideation

Some feelings can become so intense that people consider suicide. When this happens, it's time to seek help, especially if those feelings reach the point they are thinking about how they might do it. If you know someone who has ideated about suicide, meaning they've expressly discussed an interest in how they would do it, you should encourage them to ask for counsel. The same applies if you have.

Off Your Rhythm

It's easy to feel like mental health treatment is reserved for only the worst of scenarios. However, counseling can help folks who just feel like they're off their rhythm, too. You don't have to wait for things to get worse. If things seem out of sorts in your life and you sense that you can't get them back on track by yourself, it's worth looking into mental health services.


Human existence leads to conflicts. Not everything should feel like a battle, though. If you get the impression you've had an inordinate number of conflicts lately, you should talk with a counselor. That's particularly the case if the conflicts have turned violent or had the potential to do so. Even if you believe you were in the right every time, recurring conflicts are often a simple combination of underlying problems. A professional can help you to identify patterns and try to implement healthier ones.

Reach out to mental health services for more information.