Taking the First Step

We understand that asking for help can leave you or your loved one feeling vulnerable and confused. NewPoint Behavioral Health Care has many treatment options to fit your life so that you or your loved one does not have to go through this alone.

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well. – Read more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree

When to seek help:

Recognizing symptoms  in children and adolescents raises a unique challenge due to normal developmental changes they are naturally going through.

If your child or adolescent is experiencing any of the following  symptoms please seek help.  It should be noted drug and alcohol abuse can exaggerate or mimic the below symptoms.

  • Trouble concentrating/ failing grades
  • Isolating from friends
  • Seems sad, down
  • Feeling anxious
  • Destruction to property
  • Frequent angry outbursts, sometimes seemingly over nothing
  • Fighting with peers
  • Self harm behaviors
  • Running away
  • Eating disturbances
  • Withdrawn, lack of interest in things that use to make him/her happy
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts ** contact your local crisis center

If you or your loved one is  experiencing  any of the following  symptoms  please seek  help.  It should be noted drug and alcohol abuse can exaggerate or mimic the below symptoms.

Common signs of depression are:

  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Feeling worthless, guilty
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide ** call your closest crisis center
  • Physically feeling weak, lethargic.

Common signs of anxiety are:

  • Excessive worrying, even when things are seemingly okay
  • Feeling like your on edge
  • Increasingly irritable, annoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling that something bad is about to happen
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Unable to make decisions or increasingly second guessing your decision
  • Trouble sleeping or staying a sleep
  • Physically having a racing heart, pounding in chest, tightness or “lump” in throat, dizziness,
  • Sweating or cold hands/feet, shortness in breath ** these symptoms are similar to other serious medical conditions –consult with your doctor
  • Suicidal or homicidal  ** call your closest crisis center

Common signs of a thought disorder are:

  • Delusional thinking- a false belief that is held even when evidence contradicts the belief
  • Paranoia
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Thought blocking
  • Feeling manic- unable to be still
  • Rambling speech, not making sense
  • Not sleeping
  • Flat or blunted affect
  • Feeling suicidal or homicidal towards other ** contact your local crisis center