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When is self-help not enough?

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. December 21, 2012

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Life is complicated. Sometimes things don't turn out the way you expect and problems arise that you can't solve on your own.

One of these difficult areas is anger management. When you're at risk of injuring yourself or someone else, self-help books and websites are simply not enough. You need to reach out for professional guidance.

Likewise, it's not always possible to tough it out and pull yourself up by your boot straps when dealing with depression and other mental health issues. This is a common misperception. Many of these emotional disorders stem from a biochemical imbalance that can't just be willed away.

The bottom line is clear: The lone ranger — the hero who saves lives in isolation — is a myth of the media. There are times when you need to ask for help to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Dec. 21, 2012