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Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses Mental illness is not just one type of disorder or disease. Mental illness refers to hundreds of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. An individual struggling with a mental illness is likely to have difficulty coping with everyday stressors. The inability to cope with daily stressors interferes with their ability to live a balanced life. Family, friends, teachers, co workers, or the individuals themselves start to notice gradually that something is not quite right.

There are many causes of mental illness and these can vary from person to person. There are biological, developmental and environmental causes of mental illness. Life experiences that inflicts excessive stress or trauma can trigger symptoms of mental illness for some and affect the ability to cope with life stressors, while genetic factors may increase the occurrence of mental illness in others.

While the causes of mental illness can vary, it’s important to be aware of early warning signs. By being aware of the early warning signs of mental illness or a decline in your mental health, seek treatment early to prevent the recurrence of symptoms later on.

Early warning signs of mental illness or Decline in your Mental Health:

  • Changes in appetite

  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much

  • Feeling numb or unable to experience emotions

  • Helplessness and hopelessness

  • Severe mood swings

  • Persistent thoughts that you can’t quiet

  • Trouble in your relationships, like increased fighting or yelling

  • Inability to perform everyday tasks

  • Lack of interest in people or activities you love

  • Thinking of harming yourself or others

When Should Treatment Begin?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult a counselor or psychiatrist as soon as possible. This can prevent your illness and your mental health from getting worse or being left untreated.

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