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When to See a Mental Health Provider

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

Symptoms associated with operational stress and military sexual trauma can have a profound effect on someone's quality of life and ability to function. Treatment from a mental health provider can improve 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 a primary care provider. They can conduct a preliminary exam and determine if any of your symptoms are related to a physical health issue. If they suspect that meeting with a mental health provider would be beneficial, they can refer you for further evaluation and treatment.

Service members sometimes worry that their career will suffer or their privacy will be compromised if they seek help from Mental Health. The truth is, the vast majority of people who seek help early receive services that help them avoid the negative behaviors that might damage their careers. You might think of seeking help as a performance enhancement strategy. If you have any questions concerning confidentiality, you are always welcome to contact the Mental Health Clinic to learn more before starting care.