Symptoms of Mental Health Disturbances

Young woman expressing depressionAlthough not necessarily indicative of mental disturbance, these actions, or signs of trouble, can sometimes help you identify someone who needs help:

ACTING DIFFERENT THAN USUAL. Can you link this change in behavior to something that has happened recently? Any event, such as the death of a close relative, or even something positive – like a job promotion – can trigger a troublesome emotional reaction.

SEEMS TO BE EXCESSIVELY WITHDRAWN AND DEPRESSED. Are hobbies, friends and relatives ignored suddenly? Is there a feeling that this person has begun to lose self-confidence? Depressive illnesses have many symptoms similar to these.

COMPLAINS OF EPISODES OF EXTREME, ALMOST UNCONTROLLABLE, ANXIETY. Is this anxiety unrelated to any normal concern, such as a child’s illness, a backlog of bills? Anxiety that has no discernible cause is a sign of an emotional difficulty.

BECOMES AGGRESSIVE, RUDE, AND ABUSIVE OVER MINOR INCIDENTS. Are there remarks about groups or individuals “out to get me?” If that last remark was made in all seriousness, and blowups and violent physical behavior occur, there is a strong indication some help may be required.

A CHANGE IN THE PERSON’S HABITS, SUCH AS EATING, SLEEPING OR GROOMING. Suddenly, has the individual almost stopped eating? Conversely, has he or she started eating or drinking a lot in a compulsive manner? Either sleeplessness or too much sleeping can be indicators, if they are done to excess.

Any of these signals, if they continue for any length of time, may call for professional help. Fortunately, early identification of the underlying problems causing the behavior can often make symptoms disappear.
Source – NIMH

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m hopelessly lost sad can’t cope with what’s going on or I cant except change can’t live like this I get stock in bed room for days pee in Cups . Won’t take shower in days afraid of how other would think of me. I avoid family and closed friends it trigger my feelings and emotions I can’t take it anymore I stop talking to anyone who makes me feel what I trying hard not to year has passed I with out them . I can bring my self I call them . I don’t need them it’s better this way but is not . How do I ever supports my self I can’t work I afrid . Hard to talk to others with out my boyfriend help I would be in the streets
    What’s wrong with me why can’t I get right .

  2. I have trouble focusing on what I just read a lot of times don’t understand what I had read

  3. As alarming early signs, this list serves as a good resource to consider visiting a counselor or seek some other type of treatment. Change in habits such as food and sleep habits, I think are strong indicators that something is wrong. However, it’s good to have an expert opinion before you opt for therapy. Dr Lana Ackaway offers some good advice on this:

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