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Changes in mood or behaviour that are troubling or last longer than two weeks should always prompt an evaluation by a doctor. A family doctor is a good place to start, as he or she can rule out any physical causes for changes in mood or behaviour and refer patients to a mental health professional.
Symptoms can vary with each type of mental illness and each person. The following are some common symptoms to watch for:
Some of these symptoms may be uncomfortable or frightening to talk about, but the sooner help is sought, the better prepared people will be to manage a mental illness. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or others, reach out for assistance. Reaching out reminds us that we are not alone: there are professionals with expertise who can help.