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Mental Illness

ReachOut fact sheets are written by young people for young people and edited by a mental health professional. Want to discuss the topic in more depth? Visit the ReachOut Forums.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of many psychological reactions you can have to a traumatic event. Learn about the effects of PTSD and the treatment options.

What are suicide warning signs?

People who are suicidal can give some sign that they are thinking about suicide. Learn about these signs and how you can help prevent a suicide.

Mental illness overview

Mental health problems are common in at least one out of every five people. Learn about some of the causes and types of mental health problems and treatment.

Counselors, therapists, and psychologists

Counselors, therapists, and psychologists are licensed mental health professionals who can work with you to find a solution to the problems you're facing.

Paying for mental health services

Learn your options for accessing mental health services based on your insurance or your ability to pay.

Depression: management and treatment options

Overcoming depression will take time, and you'll need to stay strong. Learn about different management and treatment options for depression.


You or someone you know may need to see a psychiatrist. Learn more about how a psychiatrist can help and how to find one.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is frequently used by therapists. Learn more about CBT and the ways it can help.

Individual counseling or therapy

Learn about what happens during an individual counseling session, as well as questions you might like to ask and how to pay for services.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by an uncontrollable worry about everyday situations. Learn about the symptoms and causes and how they can be treated.

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