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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 a trauma-related disorder, but seeking help is an important step toward understanding and obtaining relief from those symptoms.

The symptoms of a trauma-related 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 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 or diagnose a trauma-related disorder or another mental disorder, they can refer you to a mental health provider they trust for further evaluation and treatment.