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Identification

Early identification and treatment of symptoms can help prevent difficulties from becoming lasting problems.

Behavioral challenges

Behavioral challenges can make it difficult to cope with daily responsibilities and routines. Problems can range from mild to severe and may involve both thoughts and behavior. While it is common to experience some distress following conflict, stress, and/or traumatic events, if symptoms last more than a few weeks or appear to be getting worse, it could be time to contact your Primary Care Manager (PCM) or other medical professional.

Anxiety

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems?

  • Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
  • Not being able to sleep or control worrying
  • Worrying too much about different things
  • Trouble relaxing
  • Being so restless that it is hard to sit still
  • Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
  • Feeling afraid, as if something awful might happen

If you responded yes to one or more of these problems, you may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. This does not mean that you have anxiety, but it may mean that it is time to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Learn more

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Common displays of ASD include:

  • Struggles relating to and/or lack of interest in other people
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Desires to be alone
  • Struggle understanding people’s feelings or discussing their own feelings
  • Prefers not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
  • Appears unresponsive to others but responds to certain sounds
  • Displays interest in people but has trouble talking, playing or relating to others
  • Repeats or echoes words and phrases (sometimes in place of normal language)
  • Difficulties expressing their needs using typical words or motions
  • Struggles with “pretend” play (e.g., unable to “feed” a doll)
  • Repeats actions over and over again
  • Struggles adapting when routines change
  • Shows unusual reaction to sensory stimuli (e.g., smell, taste, look, feel or sound)

If you recognize these symptoms in yourself (or a loved one), you may be experiencing symptoms of ASD. This does not mean that you have ASD, but it may mean that it is time to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Learn more

Depression

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

  • Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or having little energy
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
  • Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
  • Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself

If you responded yes to one or more of these problems, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression. This does not mean that you have depression, but it may mean that it is time to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Learn more

Substance use

Note: Drug use includes illegal drug use and the use of prescription medications other than prescribed.

Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
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?

If you responded yes to one or more of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of substance abuse.
This does not mean that you have a substance use disorder, but it may mean that it is time
to discuss these symptoms with your doctor.

Suicide

Risk factors, warning signs, and behaviors and actions to be aware of:

  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Increase in alcohol/drug use
  • Isolate/withdraw from family and friends
  • Recent administrative or legal issues (recent arrest)
  • Relationship difficulties (failed or failing relationship)
  • Aggressive behavior including acts of abusive language
  • Preoccupation with death or looking for a way to kill/hurt themselves
  • Talk about being a burden to others or having no reason to live and feeling trapped

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, do not delay in reaching out to this person, or finding someone who will. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.8255. Learn more

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Have you had an experience in your life that was so frightening, horrible or upsetting that in the past month you:

  • Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to
  • Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it
  • Were constantly on guard, watchful or easily startled
  • Felt numb or detached from others, activities or your surroundings

If you responded yes to any of these situations, you may be experiencing symptoms related to trauma and/or PTSD. This does not mean that you have PTSD, but it may be time to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Learn more

NOTE: The type(s) of trauma and experiences of PTSD may sometimes be different for women than men. Learn more

Resources and tools

The following tools are available to support the identification and treatment of behavioral health challenges.

NOTE: Prior authorization may be required for specialty care and services. Available benefits and plans will vary depending on your plan benefit. Learn more about prior authorization requirements by reviewing your TRICARE handbook or by contacting Humana Military.

Prevention

No specific concerns, but interested in finding strategies to stay healthy and strengthen resilience?

Prevention strategies

Identification

Experiencing symptoms that may or may not be causing trouble in your life and want to find out why?

Identify common signs

Treatment

Have a behavioral health diagnosis and want to learn more about the condition or treatment options?

Determine your options

Autism

The Autism Center of Excellence provides accurate and up-to-date information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Get help now

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