What are the Signs that Your Mental Health is Falling Apart?
Ever sat by yourself and wondered if you are living just for the sake of it? Or asked yourself, “Am I just surviving?”
We are repeatedly making the unforgivable mistake of compromising our mental well being at the cost of living a better life. Ever wondered, how degraded your mental health would be, 3 years from now on? Okay. Let’s consider 5 years from now. Maybe 10 years?
You would be dehumanized to the point of exhaustion yet seek a better life, better technology, better infrastructure, and more financial and social security. How many of us would even notice our descending mental health? Even if we accidentally did, would we care? Nah!
With so much being said, mental health problems are the world’s leading cause of death.
Welcome to the cruel reality.
Here are some facts about the growing monster nicknamed ‘mental disorders’:
- The lifespan of people with severe mental disorders is shorter compared to the general population (severe mental disorders refer to psychosis, bipolar mood disorder, and moderate-severe depression). (1)
- People with depression have a 1.8 times higher risk of dying due to suicide. Due to the rigid stigma around mental health issues, people with mental problems receive lesser physical health care as compared to the general population.
- The mortality rate of people with bipolar mood disorders ranges from 35% higher to twice as high as the general population.
- There is a 10-25 year life expectancy reduction in patients with severe mental disorders.
Looking at the statistics, it’s easily understandable that mental health is gradually making its place in the list of the world’s leading causes of death.
Now the big question is, are you taking good care of your mental health? You are likely not.
If you notice these 5 signs in you, your mental health might be trying to signal you at something really serious.
5 crucial signs your mental health is falling apart and need to be put together:
1. Disturbances in sleep patterns
Sleep disturbances is often a symptom of more serious mental illnesses. Changes in patterns of sleep often is a cause of mental disorders.
Many mental disorders have sleep disorders as a comorbid symptom. On an estimated scale, 40% of insomnia patients and over 45% of hypersomnia patients have a psychiatric condition.
Many people with degraded mental health report that the sleep they have are not restorative in nature – they do not wake up feeling fresh and energetic. They either find it difficult to fall asleep, get fragmented sleep, or wake up too early. Either way, they get up tired and groggy.
Sleep disturbances indicate that there has been significant changes in brain chemistry. These people spend more time being in the light stages of sleep rather than the deeper and urgently important stage of REM sleep.
If you are not being able to get proper sleep even after trying, you need to review your mental health.
2. Having frequent nightmares
Occasional nightmares are normal and nothing to be worried about unless it’s interfering with your sleep routines.
Sally Baker tells Metro.co.uk how nightmares could be a sign of something troubling underneath the surface.
She says, ‘Dreams and nightmares are one of the ways the subconscious mind processes emotional challenges, so recurring nightmares can be a clue that your mind is struggling to cope with real-life negative emotions or events. The nightmares may even vary with different narratives but if they engender the same feelings on waking from them such as heightened anxiety or feeling of dread you are definitely struggling to process.’
Frequent, repeated nightmares are a loud sign that your mental health is falling apart and in need of attention.
3. Changes in eating patterns
A study indicated that it is important to recognize that the associations between eating patterns and mental health problems may be bidirectional, as mental health problems may promote unhealthy eating.
Dr. Kousoulis says, “Mental health problems often have an impact on appetite; it’s important to note how dramatic or persistent the changes are.”
In depression, it is natural for people to have a reduced appetite. While some people also engage in emotional eating. Sometimes feeling like guzzling food (especially if you are a foodie) or having absolutely no wish to eat after a stressful day is natural. But if you notice a persistent and noticeable change in your feeding pattern you might be running at a higher risk of having mental disorders.