What to Look For, Who Can Help

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Warning signs of mental illness:

* Finding little or no pleasure in life

* Feeling worthless or extremely guilty

* Crying a lot for no particular reason

* Withdrawing from other people

* Experiencing severe anxiety, panic or fear

* Having very low energy

* Losing interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities

* Having too much energy, having trouble concentrating or following through on plans

* Feeling easily irritated or angry

* Experiencing racing thoughts or agitation

* Hearing voices or seeing images that other people do not experience

* Believing that others are plotting against you

* Wanting to harm yourself or someone else

SOURCE: National Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Finding help:

College students who think they or someone they know may be suffering from mental illness should contact their school's counseling center or call the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255. If there is an immediate danger, call 911.

For help finding counseling, Active Minds recommends these Web sites:

* Half of Us. http://www.halfofus.com/FindHelpNow.aspx.

* Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nonprofit group offering education and support. http://www.dbsalliance.org.

* Findcounseling.com, therapist-locator site. http://www.findcounseling.com.

* More info on Active Minds: http://www.activemindsoncampus.org.

-- Michael S. Gerber

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