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Anxiety and depression resources

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So you think you or someone you love may suffer from an anxiety disorder or mood disorder. Now what? There is hope for you! You have many options:

  • See your primary care doctor to make sure you are physically healthy and to ask for a referral for mental health care.
  • If your employer (or spouse's employer) has an Employee Assistance Plan, call them.
  • Ask your church. They may be able to refer you to someone who can help.
  • If you have health insurance, call them or visit their website for covered behavioral health specialists.
  • If none of the above will work, try Googling for community mental health services in your area. There are many groups offering help at reduced-cost and sliding-scale fees.
  • If the person who is suffering is someone close to you, above all be there for them, and understand that their behavior is a symptom of a disease. Just as a person with muscular dystrophy has trouble walking, a person with, for example, depression has trouble doing even the simplest tasks, reaching out to others (though they may be desperately lonely), fulfilling their obligations, even getting out of bed (depression is also a sleep disorder).
Where can you turn for help in the meantime? Here are some recommended websites and books:

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