When you’re suffering from a mental illness it may be difficult to admit or even know where to turn. While mental illness is becoming a more discussed topic with options in healthcare to help anyone suffering from mental illness, it still has a long way to go. If you or someone you love thinks they may be suffering from mental illness, but want to know what the signs are before they seek help then you can use this general list of the signs of mental illness to help determine if you or a loved one may suffer from mental illness.
What are the 5 Signs of Mental Illness?
A Personality Change
You or a loved one may be experiencing major personality changes. This would be a major personality change that many people, yourself included, notice happening on a regular basis.
Someone suffering from mental illness may have extreme anger, anxiety or even moodiness in general on a regular basis. They could go from happy to sad to mad rather quickly, without any reason.
Someone suffering from mental illness will often go into isolation, not having any desire to socialize when they previously enjoyed outings with friends or family.
A lack of self-care such as risky behaviors or even taking regular showers can be a sign of mental illness. Someone with a mental illness will stop caring about risks or even proper hygiene.
Someone suffering from mental illness will show frequent signs of feeling overwhelmed or a high sense of hopelessness such as feeling like nothing will ever get back to normal again.
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Many of these signs of mental illness could be a sign of other things as well. Stress is a huge factor in causing some of these same signs of mental illness. The key to learning whether your not you may have a mental illness is to review these signs shared above and take into consideration if you’ve been experiencing any or all of these for a long period of time. Occasionally we have circumstances that can confuse us into thinking we have a mental illness when in reality it’s only an occasional or situational experience causing the signs of mental illness to show up.
Only a healthcare professional who specializes in mental illness can truly diagnose you with a mental illness, so always seek the advice of your doctor if you or a loved one feels that mental illness may be the culprit for some changes in your life.