You could just be having a bad week. But if the symptoms are severe, or if they go on for a long time you should seek help.
If you are:
- hurting yourself on purpose
- behaving in a very different or unusual way
- seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).
These are more serious symptoms. You should get help right away.
Talking about what's bothering you is a good way to start dealing with a mental health issue.
Find a trusted family or whānau member, friend or health professional who will take time to listen to you.
See your GP (family doctor)
Seeing a GP is a good first step if you’re worried. A GP can help you work out what's happening and how to deal with it.
It can be difficult to bring up mental health issues at an appointment, but remember you’re not alone. In fact, depression is one of the most common illnesses GPs treat.
If needed, a GP can refer you on for further treatment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
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