ALEXANDRIA, La. (WNTZ) – In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of mental health. We often prioritize our physical well-being but tend to neglect our emotional and psychological needs. Just as we seek medical help for physical ailments, Beacon Health reminds the public it’s crucial to recognize when we may need guidance from a behavioral health facility or counselor for our mental and emotional well-being.

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for that might indicate it’s time to reach out to a mental health professional:

1. Persistent Sadness or Mood Changes: We all have our ups and downs, but if you find yourself feeling consistently down, hopeless, or irritable for an extended period, it may be a sign of an underlying issue.

2. Excessive Worry or Anxiety: Everyday stress is common, but when anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with your daily life, it’s essential to seek help.

3. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or oversleeping can disrupt your daily routine and maybe a red flag.

4. Appetite or Weight Changes: Significant changes in eating habits or weight unrelated to intentional changes in diet or exercise should not be ignored.

5. Social Withdrawal: Isolating yourself from friends and family or finding it difficult to connect with others could indicate emotional distress.

6. Mental Confusion or Difficulty Concentrating: Difficulty focusing, making decisions, or remembering things may signal an underlying concern.

7. Irritability or Anger: Frequent frustration, agitation, or outbursts of anger can be a manifestation of emotional struggles.

8. Physical Symptoms: Unexplained physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, or unexplained aches and pains that have no clear medical cause may be linked to your mental health.

9. Substance Abuse: Increased use of drugs or alcohol to cope with emotional distress can be a sign that you’re struggling.

10. Changes in Personal Hygiene and Self-Care: Neglecting personal grooming, cleanliness, or self-care routines might indicate that you’re finding it difficult to manage your emotional well-being.

11. Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicide: If you’re experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, it’s crucial to seek immediate professional intervention. Reach out to a mental health crisis line or a healthcare provider.

12. Difficulty Coping with Daily Life: If you find it challenging to manage everyday tasks, work, school, or relationships, it may be time to seek help.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Mental health professionals are here to provide guidance, support, and evidence-based treatments to help you manage your symptoms and improve your well-being. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, consider reaching out to a mental health facility, counselor, therapist, or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns and explore appropriate treatment options.

Prioritizing your mental health is a crucial step toward a healthier, happier you. Don’t hesitate to seek the support you need and deserve. Your well-being is worth it.