Mental disorders are complex and can be very difficult to handle on your own. Sometimes the causes of our mental illness are complicated by other medical issues, such as chronic pain or disease, and we feel isolated and alone. It may seem like our family doesn’t understand and that society stigmatizes what we are dealing with, making us feel even more alone.

You are not alone.

Approximately one in five people in the U.S. suffer from mental illness, and nearly 50% of people in the U.S. suffer from some form of mental health issue in their lifetime. The most important thing you can do for yourself when you are faced with a mental health issue is to get help, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to go. If you have a trusted friend or family member, talk with them first to see if they have any resources at hand. It is important to address the problem holistically with a combination of therapy and other options like diet and medication if needed.

Here are a few places to get started:

  • WebMD Physician Finder: This can get you started. Use the easy search feature to find therapists and doctors in your area.  The site lists top metropolitan areas in the United States and is divided by specialty.
  • Psychology Today Therapists: Punch in your zip code and get a listing of therapists that includes contact information, a picture, and a brief description of the services they offer. Search results can be narrowed by age, issues, religious orientation, and more.
  • American Holistic Medical Association: Search by city or zip code and find a listing of doctors along with their specialty and any associations they belong to. This site also has a blog and offers advice on how to find a holistic doctor.
  • Good Therapy:  Use the search tool to find therapists who specialize in mental disorders of kids. There are also excellent resources about the types of therapy available and a blog that deals with various mental health topics.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): If alcohol abuse is part of the problem, AA is one way to help you deal with it. Find meetings and get support online.

Some people may find help through their church community or other social support network, but the most important thing to do is to get help. Mental disorders can be treated effectively. It just takes one step forward.

If you struggle with a mental disorder, where do you find help?

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