When Should I Refer to a Mental Health Professional?

If any of the following persists longer than two weeks:

  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits

Immediate referral is warranted if someone is aggressive, suicidal, is abusing drugs or alcohol, or there has been an extreme change in behavior.