5 common Symptoms of Mental Health issues

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis de Sales

Awareness around Mental health is critical for all & should not be limited for the people diagnosed suffering with some mental illness. Unfortunately, Mental health is the ignored part of overall health and wellbeing of human being, this is generally noticed or attended when the issue becomes severe. Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, geography, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity.

Hence awareness around the topic is very important, below listed are 5 most common symptoms & causes of mental illness.

Symptoms of Mental health issue:

Sleep or appetite changes — Dramatic sleep and appetite changes or decline in personal care. Sleep disorders are potential symptoms of almost every psychiatric illness. About 40% of patients who seek medical help for sleeping problems have a psychiatric condition. Meanwhile, to have a mental health disorder without sleep problems is quite rare: fewer than 20% of mental health patients don’t have sleep problems. To an extent, sleep quality can be a barometer of mental health. For this reason, psychiatrists always inquire about sleep behavior when making a diagnosis.

Sleep disorders often coexist with anxiety and panic disorders, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Problematically, the sleep issues associated with these mental health disorders make it more challenging to manage symptoms and experience the benefits of treatment.

Sudden changes in ones eating habits may be related to mental health issue. People with mental health issues may lose interest to eat or may start eating too much. Both eating too much and not eating enough can be signs of mental illness.

Mood changes

Rapid or dramatic shifts in emotions or depressed feelings. It’s normal to have days where you feel sad or days when you’re overjoyed. As long as your mood changes don’t interfere with your life to an extreme degree, they’re generally considered to be healthy. It’s common to experience a change in mood occasionally or to go through a short period of feeling overjoyed. But if your behavior is unpredictable for a number of days or longer, it may be a sign of something more serious.

On the other hand, you may have a medical condition if you switch from extremely happy to extremely depressed on a regular basis. If you have serious and frequent mood swings, you should see a doctor and consult.

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Apathy / Withdrawal

Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity, Recent social, withdrawal and loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed .Apathy can be defined as an absence or suppression of emotion, feeling, concern or passion.  Further, apathy is an indifference to things generally found to be exciting or moving.

Nervousness / Anxiety

Fear or speciousness of others or a strong nervous feeling. All human beings feel anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. Anxiety Disorder are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:

Panic DisorderYou feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.

Social anxiety disorder – Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.

Specific phobias- You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.                                                                                                                  
Generalized anxiety disorder- You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.

Unusual behavior

Odd, uncharacteristic, peculiar behavior. 
Behavior includes the things we say, the places we go, body language, gestures and movements. The observation of strange behavior depends at least in part upon the perceptions of the observer. For most people, behaviors that are observed as out of the ordinary or strange are a feature of psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and other mental-health conditions. Examples of conditions in which psychosis (altered perception of reality) are present include schizophrenia, delusional disorder, and schizoaffective disorder.

People suffering from psychosis may have an altered perception of reality that often affects their behavior, leading them to act in ways that may be perceived as strange. Problems controlling one’s behavior can also occur as a result of brain damage or disorders. People suffering from dementia may display strange behaviors. Behavioral changes can be accompanied by other psychiatric symptoms or by physical symptoms if they are related to a medical condition.

One or two of these symptoms alone can’t predict a mental illness but may indicate a need for further evaluation. If a person is experiencing several at one time and the symptoms are causing serious problems in the ability to study, work or relate to others, he/she should be seen by a physician or mental health professional. People with suicidal thoughts or intent, or thoughts of harming others, need immediate attention.

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