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When you live with a mental health condition, there may be times when you lose your emotional balance. That can put your health or even your life at risk. It may be hard to know what to do when you're in the midst of a crisis, so it's helpful to think ahead. These steps can help you be ready.
There are many places to turn when you're in a crisis. These are just a few ideas. You may have others. For example, you might contact:
It's a good idea to put these numbers in your phone.
Have you dealt with a mental health crisis before? What happened then? What brought it on? What signs or symptoms did you have?
Then think about what's happening now. What symptoms are you having? Are they like the ones you had before? Are they getting worse? Is there a chance that you could hurt yourself or someone else?
This is also a good time to think about how you got through a previous crisis. What coping strategies helped you? Could you use them this time?
Don't be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help. We all need support from time to time, and there are people who want to help. The sooner you get support, the sooner you'll get through a crisis.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any problems.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral HealthLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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