How Do I Know if I Need Help?

We all experience times that make us feel sad, happy, frustrated, anxious, confused, and angry. Depending on how long these last, how strong these feelings are, or how we respond, we might need help.

Having a bad day or feeling stress when faced with a tough situation is normal. Divorce, having a baby, the death of a loved one, losing or starting a new job, or having important plans fall apart can create lots of dramatic feelings, but these are normal. We usually can cope with these events and feel better after a time. But feelings that don’t go away, get worse, frighten us, or make us act or abuse substances in dangerous, self-destructive, or odd ways are not normal and need treatment.

Mental illness and addiction are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor parenting. They can happen to people of all ages, races, religions, and income levels. Your behavioral health comes from a recipe made up of your past experiences, what you’ve learned about coping and making choices, and even how chemicals in your brain help you to think and feel. Hormones, nutrition, physical health, drug or alcohol use, medications, and many other “ingredients” also impact how you feel and respond to others. What’s important is recognizing you need to make a positive change in your life.

Call us at 970.347.2120 if you would like to make an appointment.

If you or someone you care about ever feels like hurting him/herself or someone else, always get help immediately. Call 970.347.2120 or 911.

Assess your mental health.*

Do you or someone you love have an addiction problem? Ask yourself these questions: *

  1. Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
  3. During the last year, has a friend or family member ever told you about things you said or did while you were drinking or using drugs that you could not remember?
  4. Is drinking or drug use affecting your job, your performance in school, or your personal relationships?
  5. Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

* These screeners can help you understand what you’re feeling or may indicate a problem, but should never be considered substitutes for talking to a professional who can assess your problems thoroughly and offer appropriate treatment options.

If you experience several of the symptoms on this list for a week or more, you may benefit from our services:

  • Sleeping and/or eating problems
  • Chronic pain or feeling ill for no apparent reason
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs regularly to “feel better”
  • Feelings of hopelessness or being overwhelmed
  • Unusual lack of energy or motivation
  • Intense feelings of stress or restlessness
  • Feeling bored with life and activities
  • Not wanting to be around other people
  • Irritability or anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Worrying constantly about problems

If you experience several of the symptoms on this list

How Do I know if My Young Child Needs Help? Or My Teenager?

Children often express their feelings in different ways than adults. They also think about and understand life and life events differently.

In children, behaviors that suggest a problem that might need treatment include:

  • Sadness that lasts more than a day or two, or gets worse
  • Recurring bad dreams
  • Bed-wetting that reoccurs after potty training has been finished
  • Headache or upset stomach that happens repeatedly, but doesn’t appear related to illness
  • Destroying toys and other items – destruction beyond normal wear-and-tear
  • Tearfulness or expressions of fear that last more than a day or two
  • Excessive clinginess that is new or continual
  • Angry or assaultive behavior – hitting, kicking, or biting
  • Persistent school problems, including truancy, failing subjects, and problems with peers
  • Statements about not wanting to live or efforts to hurt him/herself or others
  • Hurting animals
  • Involvement with law enforcement: stealing, assault, lying, truancy, vandalism
  • Persistently disruptive behavior at school or home with little understanding of consequences
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Not being motivated for school, hobbies, or friends
  • Being very afraid of certain places, people, or things
  • Running away from home or school
  • Problems with learning, including at school or about routines at home
  • Being too grown up or too responsible for his/her age
  • Eating problems, both eating too much and eating too little
  • Persistent conflict with others

Teenagers struggle with a confusing combination of feelings and interests as they feel caught between childhood and adulthood.

Hormones that create changes in moods as well as increased responsibility and expectations can up the stakes at school and home. Teenagers can feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, but may refuse to describe themselves as depressed, stressed-out, angry, or overwhelmed. Often, they express their feelings as behaviors.

Behaviors that suggest that treatment might be helpful for your teenager include:

  • Sadness or moodiness that lasts a week or more
  • Overly sexualized or promiscuous behavior
  • Angry or assaultive behavior
  • Persistent school problems, including truancy, failing subjects, problems with peers
  • Statements about not wanting to live or efforts to hurt him/herself or others
  • Hurting animals or being deliberately mean to younger children or older adults
  • Involvement with law enforcement, including stealing, assault, lying, truancy, or vandalism
  • Disruptive behavior at school, home, or in the community
  • Delinquent behavior, including gang involvement
  • Not being motivated for school, hobbies, or friends
  • Running away from home or school
  • Taking on too much responsibility for his/her age
  • Changes in eating patterns: eating too much or too little; extreme focus on weight
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Repeated lying
  • Persistent conflict with others including adults, family, or peers

Signs your child is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse:

    • Their grades have dropped.
    • You see an increase in inappropriate anger, irritability, or sullenness.
    • They are in a trance-like state.
    • You smell alcohol, gasoline, or cleaning fluids.
    • You notice an increase in the use of room deodorizes, strong-smelling body products, mouthwash, or breath mints.
    • They have developed an “I don’t care” attitude.
    • You find odd paint or stains on their clothing or body.
    • They frequently use eye drops.
    • You find drug-related paraphernalia like pacifiers, glow sticks, lollipops, empty aerosol cans, glue tubes, pipes, rolled up money, razor blades, and more.


At North Range Behavioral Health, we offer therapies designed especially for children and adolescents.
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Call us at 970.347.2120 if you’d like to discuss if your child or teenager needs help.

Could You Help My Family?

No family is perfect, and family dynamics are complicated and bewildering. Sometimes, families may need guidance and new skills to help them through a crisis. Some families want to find ways to calm the constant anger and strife caused by a troubled teenager or parent. North Range Behavioral Health services can help you understand the issues at the heart of family conflict, which is often the first step to healing, but more importantly, our well-trained staff can help you identify and practice skills and approaches that improve family relationships.


Call us at 970.347.2120 if you would like to make an appointment.