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When to See a Mental Health Provider

It can take courage to reach out for help if you're experiencing symptoms of depression, but seeking help is an important step toward understanding and obtaining relief from those symptoms.

The symptoms of major depressive disorder can have a profound effect on someone's quality of life and ability to function. Treatment from a mental health provider can address these symptoms and help the person return to normal daily functioning.

If you're unsure about seeking help from a mental health provider, start with your primary care provider. They can conduct an exam and determine if any of your symptoms are related to a specific physical health issue. If they suspect or diagnose depression or another mental disorder, they can refer you to a mental health provider they trust for further evaluation and treatment.

In life-threatening situations, it's important to seek help immediately. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of self-harm, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.