When to seek help

Seek assistance if you:

  • Experience a marked decline in work/school performance.
  • Have excessive anxiety.
  • Misuse alcohol or drugs.
  • Are unable to cope with demands of daily life.
  • Have irrational fears.
  • Have an obsessive preoccupation with food and fear of becoming obese with no relationship to actual body weight.
  • Experience significant change in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Have persistent physical ailments and complaints.
  • Have suicidal thoughts or urge to hurt others.
  • Engage in self-mutilation, self-destructive, or dangerous behavior.
  • Have a sustained withdrawn mood or behavior.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/15/2012.

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