Recognition of Mental Health Concerns

The journey begins when the Black female youth recognizing signs of mental health challenges or decline. You may need help if any of the following experiences describe your situation:

General signs and symptoms that indicate you may need mental health support and should see a physician include:

  • You are finding it difficult to function at work and in relationships.
  • Your thoughts, appetite, sleep patterns, or energy levels are changing.
  • You are losing interest in activities that used to bring you joy.
  • You are struggling to manage your thoughts, feelings, or behavior.
  • You are having trouble focusing on tasks, remembering things or making clear decisions.
  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or suicide ideation.
  • You are experiencing hallucinations or delusions that are affecting your perceptions of reality.
  • You are becoming easily annoyed, angry, or aggressive which is worrying to you and others.

These signs and symptoms can vary widely, and experiencing one or more does not necessarily mean you have a mental health disorder, but seeking professional help can provide clarity and support.

Diagnostic Tools

When diagnosing patients, physicians use tools like the PHQ-9 (PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9)) or GAD General Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) Form. These tests are important to track your mental health patterns over time. Once you receive your results, you can present them to your doctor and consult further steps. For a comprehensive list of diagnostic tools, visit Mental Health Assessment Tools 

Comprehensive List of Diagnostic Tools

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