Warning Signs of Mental Illness

According to US National Institute of Mental Health – Mental illness are very common more than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Being aware of these early warning signs, may guaranty speedy intervention that may help reduce the severity of an illness.

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Beyond the tale signs of mental illness, take note of the following symptoms in other to be in proper control of your health and that of loved ones:

Changes in sleep.

When you notice repeatedly occurrence of abnormal changes in sleep. Such as difficulty in falling asleep, awakening an hour to several hours earlier than desired in the morning or sleeping for much longer than you used to.

Confused thinking.

Problems with concentration, memory, or logical thought and speech that are hard to explain with suicidal thoughts.

Changes in feelings.

An unusual drop in feelings, especially on what you previously give much attention – such as sports, singing, playing; even difficulty performing familiar tasks.

Appetite and weight changes.

Regular notice of eating disorders and unstable weight loss and gains can all be signs of mental illness.

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Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability).

Feeling sad for a week or more can also be linked to mental illness.

Poor concentration.

A strong indication of depression is when you are no longer able to make decisions.

Low self-esteem.

You feel guilty when depressed, and consequently have the thoughts of failure and losses. A strong indication of mental illness.

Emotional Outbursts.

Getting angry suddenly can be a symptom of mental illness.

Other physical symptoms:

Heart palpitations, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, flushing, hyperventilation, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, sweating, tingling and numbness, choking, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, tremors/shaking.

Further Readings:

James Whitney Hicks: 50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health (Yale University Press Health & Wellness) - ISBN-10: 0300116942.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI, 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
America Psychiatric Association - 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825, Arlington, Va. 22209-3901

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