Signs & Symptoms of Mental Illness

15 Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues that Everyone should be Aware about

We all have ups and downs in our life, some more than the others and not always do we need to worry about them but sometimes a rough patch is just a rough patch and sometimes it’s not! Keeping an open eye towards Mental Health is of key importance in our world.  The points mentioned here are a few signs and symptoms of possible mental health problem, and its always better to catch hold off such issues as early as possible.

The events mentioned below can happen to anyone, and a rare occurrence of such incidents is usually not indicative of any illness. Also do not self-diagnose by reading such articles if you feel that something is wrong, consult a Mental health Professional.

This might be a trigger for some, if you feel so, please ask your caregiver to read this instead.

Sleep

Sleeping too much or too little than your usual sleep.

Anger

When you feel strong anger towards things or people but later you realize that your response to the situation was out of proportion, and this happens repeatedly. 

Eating Patterns

Sudden overeating or under eating phases, or random changes in eating timetable.

Rough Patch

 you find yourself making more and more mistakes that you normally wouldn’t, or are going through ‘bad day’ for many days at a stretch where you are finding it hard to accomplish normal day to day tasks

Difficulty in Focusing

This is a common and normal occurrence in most people in short bursts, usually caused by fatigue or stress or hunger or even hormonal changes like during menopause and pregnancy, sometimes it can also be as a side-effect to medication. But it is a particular cause of concern if the degree is high or the duration is long without any specific obvious cause.

Depression or Feeling of Sadness or Consistent Lack of Motivation

Research shows that normal emotional turbulence gets better with time but if you are not able to get away from it or the emotion is heavier than what you would deem appropriate given the situation you are in, could be an indication of an underlying illness
You should especially be careful if the emotions last longer than 2 weeks

Emotional Numbness

Emotional Numbness is described as an emotionless state, feeling isolated or a barrier between you and life in general.  It becomes difficult to engage in conversations or being a part of a group. It can also present itself as if you are living life on auto-pilot.

Social Withdrawal

Some personal time is usually good for your mental health. But if you find yourself consistently cancelling plans of being with others, or make excuses to get away from people, not because you don’t like them but just because you don’t feel like it.

Mood Swings

Normally emotions change every other day or depending upon the situation, but if you find yourself in a swing of mood that is extreme or unwarranted and random, then this needs to be looked at, as this is a common symptom with illnesses like Bipolar Disorder.
These emotions don’t necessarily have to be negative, even unwarranted euphoric emotions can be considered as a sign to keep in check 

Worried Thought Process

If you find yourself worrying about something, well in itself it is normal, but if you can’t stop yourself and it is not a rare occurrence, but rather something that happens on and off without any specific significant cause that could deem the worry appropriate.

Panic Attacks

The panic attack triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response. When this happens without a genuine cause, that is when it becomes a sign of worry. It usually occurs in small bursts or emotions, where you might feel like you are having a heart attack with sweat and tingling in fingers or feel like you might faint. This is one sign that should not be ignored when you have panic attacks (plural), you should visit a Mental Health Professional.

Substance Abuse

Casual consumption of substance is not of worry till you start abusing them

Delusions

Delusions are immovable beliefs that not real or based on reality. These beliefs that could be true but aren’t, they aren’t bizarre, they lie in the realm of reality but are not possible for the person having these thoughts Thoughts like being followed or poisoned or being loved by someone who they hardly even met or even the belief in grandiose.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations, on the other hand, are sensory experiences, that are merely created by your own mind. These experiences could auditory, visual, olfactory (smell), or taste or even sense of touch. 

Self-harm or Suicidal Thoughts

This is a place where you get thoughts of harming your self or even killing yourself. This is one of the serious signs where you should visit a Mental Health Professional. It mostly occurs during years of teenage to being a young adult. The feeling can get overwhelming and might lead to an act of self-harm. After executing the thought, the emotion of guilt or shame might appear, making them feel like they made a mistake but that won’t stop it from happening again. Self-harm is not the same as Suicide Attempt, self-harm is usually an attempt to take charge of the emotions while suicide is an attempt to end it all.


You are not alone, some studies suggest that as many as 20% of the population (USA Statistics) suffer from some form of mental illness. Today there are numerous helplines and Mental Health Professionals readily available to support your needs across the globe. If you feel the need, then you should leave the stigma aside and consult a professional, for mental health is just like body-health, it needs healing just the way the rest of the body needs it.

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