Everyone experiences difficulties from time to time. Whether it’s stressful times at work, strain in a romantic relationship, problems with a family member, or some other trial, no one is exempt from the inevitable struggles of life. Sometimes these struggles include mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or substance use. It’s normal to feel down after a significant challenge in life, but when is it time to consider a mental health treatment plan?

Mental health struggles are not an uncommon experience. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 57.8 million adults in the U.S. (or 22.8% of the population) met the criteria for at least one form of mental illness in 2021.1 While some people believe they can handle their mental health alone, seeking anxiety and depression help may be the best course of action. How do you know if you should seek help for your mental health?

Distress and Interference

Distress and interference are two important ways to identify the extent to which your mental health impacts your life. The American Psychological Association suggests asking yourself two questions when considering whether to seek anxiety and depression help. Firstly, is your mental health problem causing distress? Second, is your mental health problem interfering with your life?

Some examples of distress include:

  • Spending more time thinking about your mental health than you want to
  • Feeling embarrassed about your mental health to the point of withdrawing from others
  • Noticing a reduced quality of life because of your mental health problems

Some examples of interference include:

  • Taking care of your mental health requires considerable time in your day
  • Failing to meet responsibilities at work, school, or home because of your mental health
  • Cutting back on activities or hobbies you enjoy because of your mental health

If you notice any of the things listed above in your life, you might want to think about seeking anxiety and depression help. The more severe the impact, the more you should consider finding a mental health treatment plan. Reaching out for help can feel intimidating, but it is the first step toward taking back control of your mental health and finding relief from your troubling symptoms.

Finding Anxiety and Depression Help

Thankfully, you don’t have to manage your mental health alone. There are plenty of ways to find help for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Mental health treatment is the primary way many forge a path toward hope and healing. Facilities like Steps to Recovery outline each client’s individualized mental health treatment plan.

Asking for help means you’ve likely done all you can to handle the problem yourself. You’ve probably reached a breaking point and aren’t sure where to turn next. That’s where we come in. Steps to Recovery recognizes the fear that often precedes mental health treatment. We know it isn’t easy to reach out, and we’re here to walk alongside you every step of the way.

If you’re ready to ask for help, please call us at 866-488-8684 or submit an online contact form. You can speak with an admissions specialist who will answer your questions and work with you to identify the program that best fits your needs. You never have to handle your mental health alone again—Steps to Recovery is ready to rebuild your life and thrive in recovery.




  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2022). 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  2. American Psychological Association. (2017). How Do I Know if I Need Therapy?.