Mental illness is a concern that impacts the lives of an estimated one out of five adults. This problem is growing even worse among children and teens as they show signs of anxiety, depression, and increased suicidal ideation. As this concern continues to worsen, mental health providers are becoming increasingly concerned with putting resources in the hands of the people who need them the most. At the same time, they encourage people to get educated about the early signs to identify issues early, which leads to assessments, early diagnosis, and proper treatment.
When looking for signs of mental illness, most healthcare providers focus on what is considered to be the top five signs (although there can certainly be more). Next, we will take a look at these individually with details on how to recognize them.
Long-Lasting Depression and Irritability
Beyond just sadness, depression can be deep-rooted and persistent. Common signs of depression may be feelings of hopelessness, lack of interest in activities, unwavering sadness that doesn’t seem to improve. When someone is feeling depressed, they are also likely to become anxious and irritable.
Excessive Fear, Worry, Anxiety
This state could be over circumstances, real or imagined, and while they could happen to anyone going through a crisis, it is always a reason for concern. Signs to look for are when a person says they have racing thoughts, uncontrollable overthinking, difficulty concentrating or disassociated.
Extremely High and Low Moods
Sudden and major shifts in mood can sometimes be a sign of bipolar disorder, substance abuse, major depressive disorder, personality disorder, schizophrenia, or other forms of mental illness. When shifting between moods, a person may become irritable, aggressive, or hostile. It may be difficult for family and friends to understand the cause and effect of sudden mood changes.
Aside from the obvious sign of avoiding people, a patient may also avoid activities that they normally enjoy. This problem has become more difficult to detect since the onset of the pandemic. However, social withdrawal becomes concerning when a person completely isolates and refuses to interact personally or professionally.
Disruptive Changes in Eating or Sleeping
Eating or sleeping too much or too little can also be a sign of mental health issues. Sleep disruption is common among a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression. Eating disruption can sometimes be linked to eating disorders where a person consumes too little or too much food.
Each of these five signs of mental illness is unlikely to present themselves individually, but rather they will intertwine with each other. Eventually, the proper diagnosis can sort out the cause of these problems, and then treatment can begin so that a patient enjoys a better quality of life.
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