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You feel trapped with no way out or you worry all the

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You feel trapped with no way out, or you worry all the time. Your feelings affect your sleep, eating habits, school work, job performance, or relationships. Your family or friends express concern about your behavior. You are becoming involved with alcohol or other drugs. You are becoming increasingly aggressive, violent, or reckless. On a sheet of paper, explain why some people may find it difficult to seek help for mental and emotional problems. 234 Chapter 9 Mental and Emotional Problems Many sources of help are available to people who have mental health concerns. How would you identify available sources of help and evaluate their appropriateness?
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Are you being advised to try medication or some other remedy? Check first with a health professional. Certain herbs, for example, can be harmful and even life-threatening. What are the qualifications of the authors? Do they have university- based training in mental health? Have they published in professional journals? In books, check the reference section for citations from professional journals. Is the material backed by a nationally known and respected mental health organization? Look for recommendations from organizations such as the American Psychological Association or the National Institute of Mental Health. Is a cost involved? If you are asked online for a credit card number or personal information, use caution and check with a parent or guardian. Choose a self-help book, magazine article, CD, or Web site and evaluate the information using the criteria listed here. Share your findings with the class, and recommend any useful and appropriate sources to the school librarian. A C T I V I T Y Evaluating Sources of Self-Help Thousands of self-help materials are available in print, on tapes and CDs, and online. Many people have benefited from self-help resources, but others have wasted time and money and sometimes risked their health. Use these questions to evaluate self-help materials. Signs That Professional Help Is Needed ome symptoms that are severe enough to require intervention S by a mental health professional include: prolonged sadness for no specific reason; frequent outbursts of anger; overwhelming fear, anxiety, or anger at the world; unexplained change in sleeping or eating habits; and social withdrawal. Of course, if you have any doubt about your mental health, you should always get assistance. Like most forms of sickness, mental disorders may get worse if left untreated. 235 Lesson 3 Getting Help T he first source of help for teens with mental health concerns is a parent or guardian. After discussing the issue, parents and their teens can evaluate the avail- able options and seek help together. HS_HEALTH_U03_C9_L3 12/6/03 9:11 AM Page 235
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236 Chapter 9 Mental and Emotional Problems Methods for Seeking Help Most people tend to wait too long to address critical mental health issues, even though there are many people in their lives who are willing and eager to assist them. Besides parents and guardians,
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