4. You have extreme emotional outbursts
Sudden outbursts of intense anger or distress can be a clear symptom of mental illness. Most of us become angry at times and often feel we are unable to control them. This may be caused by high stress levels and may even lead to anxiety, if left untreated and unresolved. So if you are experiencing frequent angry outbursts, then it can be a cause for concern. It can often be the result of depression, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse and even intermittent explosive disorder. Although we shouldn’t suppress our emotions, including anger, we should be able to control it before it harms others or ourselves.
5. You have trouble sleeping
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults require 7-9 hours of sleep, but not less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours on a daily basis. However, when you find yourself sleeping too much or too little, then it may mean that you are coping with certain mental health issues like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or a sleeping disorder. Around 10-18% of the general population experiences sleeping problems. Sleep deprivation, insomnia, and oversleeping are commonly experienced among people with mental illness. Moreover, about 50% of individuals suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, or ADHD experience hypersomnia or insomnia. So make sure to pay attention to your sleep cycle.
6. You are gaining or losing weight unintentionally
If you are experiencing drastic changes in your appetite or weight, then you need to consider them seriously as they are a prominent sign of mental illness. Rapid weight gain/loss or fluctuating weight can often be a result of an eating disorder, major depression, or some other mental health issues. It can also lead to a loss of interest in eating or it may make you more prone to binge eating as a coping mechanism for your emotional issues. If your change in appetite persists for over 2 weeks, then it is best to seek help. A proper mental health assessment under the supervision of a professional can help you understand any underlying behavioral health issues.
7. You have trouble functioning in daily life
Do you have trouble getting through your day? Has your ability to perform at school or work declined? If you are having difficulties in performing daily activities, family responsibilities, and other social activities, and if there’s a noticeable fall in your performance level, then it may mean that you are coping with a mental illness. According to the Australian Department of Health, the inability to function properly in normal situations and experiencing a rough patch for over 2 weeks can be a sign of anxiety or depression. In fact, loss of interest in activities that you previously enjoyed is one of the most common signs of major depressive disorder.
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8. You isolate yourself
Social withdrawal and isolation is a warning sign of mental illness that you should never ignore. All of us need some “alone time” on a daily basis. However, we also need to socialize and spend time with our family and friends. But when you repeatedly withdraw from social interaction and isolate yourself, then it may hint at some underlying mental health disorder. Being alone for an extended period of time can act as a symptom of depression, bipolar disorder or psychotic disorder. So if you are constantly making excuses to cancel plans or avoid parties & events, or avoiding socializing, then you need to talk about it with someone you trust or see a mental health specialist.
9. You feel disconnected
If you start feeling disconnected from your romantic partner, your family, your friends, or even your surroundings, then it’s time for you to take notice. When you feel detached from everyone and everything around you, feel excessively nervous and become extremely suspicious of your loved ones, then it can be a warning sign of mental illness.
10. Your personality and behavior changes
As mental illness generally develops gradually, it can often bring about subtle changes in our thoughts, beliefs, perspectives, mindset, behavior and even personality. If you realize or if others tell you that you are behaving oddly, then you need to pay attention. Personality changes can be a glaring sign of mental illness and it’s crucial that you speak to someone about it.