Behavioral Health Resources
Seek emergency care if...
If you ever experience thoughts and/or plans to hurt yourself I want you to take these steps to get through these periods as safely as possible:
Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you believe that you are in immediate danger of killing yourself.
If you are not in immediate risk of suicide but are having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), a 24-hour suicide prevention line that can be called from anywhere in the U.S.
What is severe depression?
Clinical depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mental disorder that detrimentally affects the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the sufferer. This is a severe form of depression with symptoms lasting at least two weeks, but symptoms can frequently last for longer periods of time. It commonly includes low mood for the majority of one’s day.
What is suicidal ideation?
Suicidal ideation is the act of thinking about, considering, or planning suicide. For some, suicidal ideation can be fleeting thoughts while for others it can manifest into extensive thoughts and detailed planning.
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes unpredictable mood swings, shifts in energy, and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar will experience very high and very low moods—mania and depression respectively—which are more extreme than the typical ups-and-downs most people experience day-to-day.
What is alcohol abuse?
Alcohol abuse, also known as alcohol use disorder, is a type of substance abuse that refers to a pattern of excess drinking that interferes with a person's day-to-day life. Any alcohol use that puts your health and safety at risk can be categorized as alcohol abuse. Many people with alcohol use disorder don't seek treatment because they don't realize they have a problem.
What is drug abuse?
Drug addiction is a disease that affects a person's brain and makes them unable to control their use of drugs. You can become addicted to both legal and illegal drugs—certain drugs carry higher risks of addiction than others.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Someone who is schizophrenic may interpret reality abnormally and find it challenging to distinguish between what's real and what is not. There is no known cure for schizophrenia but there are treatments that can help.
What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic mental health disorder. A person with OCD will have uncontrollable obsessions, recurring thoughts or fears, that result in compulsions, repetitive urges and behaviors. OCD thoughts are more than just excessive worries or anxieties about problems in your life—rather they are obsessions and compulsions that affect your every day quality of life.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are mental conditions categorized by irregular eating habits and severe anxiety around body image, weight, and shape. There are a number of different types of eating disorders but the underlying commonality is the belief that controlling what you eat is a form of controlling your life. Common eating disorders include bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
What is ADD and ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that causes difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn't include hyperactivity, fidgeting, and/or constant movement. ADHD and ADD can be treated with medication and counseling.
Conditions best treated in-person
Although there are certain mental conditions that can be easily treated online, there are some where being treated in-person is the safest option. If you're exhibiting symptoms of any of the following conditions, it's best to seek in-person care:
Where to find treatment for severe depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (240-485-1001): The ADAA website provides you both general information on how to treat anxiety and depression as well resources to finding therapists, psychiatrists, and support groups.
Talkspace: Talkspace is a company with both a website and an app through which you can connect to therapists right from your phone. They have various plans you can sign up for that may fit your needs.
Betterhelp: Betterhelp is another company that offers online therapy so you can connect with a therapist anywhere. Pricing varies.
Additional resources to get help
Free Clinics: Find clinics offering services for free or nominal costs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Find alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment programs around the country
CDC Resources: Free, confidential sources to help get paired with a trained counselor
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Tips on how to find the mental health professional that's right for you.
In addition to the information above, if you have health insurance, they likely also have great resources for help finding an in-network provider.