Sometimes you just need to know the basics. For instance, if you think something is wrong with your mind, your emotional life, and you want to get help for it, where do you even begin?
With today’s knowledge, the steps toward getting a valid mental disorder diagnosis and treatment are fairly simple. Unless otherwise required by your health insurance plan, you should generally start with a mental health professional — either a psychologist or psychiatrist. These are the specialists of mental health, and usually have the greatest knowledge and depth of experience to be able to diagnose you and setup a treatment plan with you that will be most effective.
If you haven’t seen your primary care physician or family doctor in some time, it never hurts to also see them at the same time — to rule out any possible physical causes of your symptoms. This is especially true if you have a health condition or family history of certain health problems (because sometimes physical maladies can mimic mental disorder symptoms).
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