Sometimes it’s difficult to know just when to seek help with a mental health issue. If you’re sad, is it depression or just a bad day? If you keep going back to check if you locked the door, is it OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or are you just forgetful? Can you go from being happy one minute and then sad the next? Do you have a bipolar disorder or just a mood swing? Knowing when you need help can be confusing.
Depression is a condition that causes sadness for more than two consecutive weeks and disrupts your daily life. If you find it hard to be motivated to get out of bed; if you cry all the time; if you just don’t care about anything, you may be suffering from depression. However, only a doctor can diagnose this illness and get you started on a treatment plan to get you back to enjoying life.
OCD is an illness where you cannot help but repeat a behavior over and over again. A doctor can diagnose and prescribe a treatment program to help manage the disorder. In fact, any time you have a behavior that is consuming your life so you can’t function normally, you should seek the help of a professional in the mental health field.
It is not considered a weakness to suffer from these disorders. And you are not alone. If you are unsure where to start, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rockland County can assist in connecting you to the right resource.
At MHA Rockland, we help people living with mental illness and/or addiction to embrace life and redefine themselves. We also welcome and support families, friends, employers, and colleagues who care about those struggling with these issues. Since opening our doors in 1951, we have touched the lives of more than 50,000 Rockland County residents.
Please visit www.mharockland.org/resources/where-can-i-go-for-help/. There are resources available to help you reframe your illness and define yourself not by your challenges, but by your strengths and passions.