11. You feel worthless and extremely guilty
Persistent negative thoughts can often hint at deeper psychological and emotional issues. If you are having unreasonable thoughts of worthlessness and often feel guilty for no reason, then you may be suffering from some mental illness. Consistent negative self-talk, having a low self-esteem and self-criticism can be a sign of depression and even lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Make sure to take this warning sign seriously.
12. You have suicidal thoughts
According to a recent report from the Mental Health Foundation, around 10% of adults under the age of 30 have had thoughts of self-injury or have considered suicide. Suicidal thoughts can arise from a number of experiences like trauma, abuse, emotional neglect, loss of a loved one, a significant life event, or even depression. It is believed that about 90% of people who have committed suicide have suffered from some form of mental illness. According to a recent 2018 study, “Most suicides are related to psychiatric disease, with depression, substance use disorders and psychosis being the most relevant risk factors. However, anxiety, personality-, eating-, and trauma-related disorders, as well as organic mental disorders, also contribute.”
So if you are having suicidal thoughts or have considered harming yourself, then you need to reach out to your loved ones or call a suicide prevention helpline immediately. It is highly recommended that you speak with a mental health professional as well. It is possible to recover fully with treatment and support.
Apart from these, there are some other prominent signs of mental illness that you should never ignore, such as –
- Confused & illogical thinking
- Intense fears, worries and anxieties
- Lack of insight
- Abnormal thoughts or delusions
- Seeing or hearing unreal things or hallucinations
- Unexplained multiple physical aches and ailments
- Increased sensitivity
- Changes in sex drive
- Chronic pain in gut
- Unable to manage responsibilities
- Substance abuse
- Defiance of authority, vandalism or criminal behavior
Seek help, because you’re not alone
If you are experiencing some or all of these mental illness signs, then it is important that you speak to a loved one and seek immediate professional help. Early identification and treatment can greatly help you overcome these signs and symptoms.
When coping with mental health issues, talking to a trusted family member or friend can make a huge difference as their support can encourage you to take the necessary steps to overcome your mental illness. So talk to a loved one or call a helpline or speak with a doctor to get the help and treatment you need and deserve. Treatment can enable you to change your thoughts & behaviors and empower you to live a healthier and happier life.
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