He considered suicide, worried about his uncle’s role in his father’s death, and thought his girlfriend was spying on him.
If Hamlet had tools for his mental health concerns, his story might have ended differently.
While Shakespeare’s famous character faced unique problems, self-doubt is universal and anyone can struggle with anxiety, paranoia or depression.
It can be hard to figure out whether relationship problems or other issues are serious or temporary. If you’re trying to decide whether to take action on a problem, check out the assessments on the After Deployment website and its companion app, LifeArmor. The assessments, which cover a wide range of issues, are an “early-warning system” that an emotional, physical or psychological challenge may require professional help, according to research psychologist David Bradshaw of the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
“It’s a way to get some information and some help before things get worse,” Bradshaw said.