Many mental illnesses have a lot of symptoms in common, however it is important to understand that each type is different and varies in severity. Unlike physical illness, people are often unaware that they are suffering from mental health issues. And more often than not people are reluctant to accept that they are affected because of the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Some of the below listed symptoms can help you identify if you have mental illnesses:
• Changes in appetite
• Changes in sleeping patterns
• Constant fear and nervousness
• Substance abuse
• Excessive anxiety and increased sensitivity to previously familiar
sights and sounds
• Hearing/feeling strange thoughts and voices
• Issues with concentration that lead to performance issues
• Losing interest in your hobbies or things that you used to
• Mood swings and feeling sad/angry without any reason
• Suicidal thoughts
• Withdrawal or feeling disconnected from reality
Most individuals tend to suffer silently because they fall prey to some of the myths associated with mental health. Some fear being ostracised or judged by their friends and family. Most believe that it is not serious enough to require help and that they will eventually ‘snap’ out of it. And there are many others who don’t believe in treatment of mental illnesses. This kind of false beliefs can be detrimental because if undiagnosed mental illness can often become disruptive and frightening.
Early diagnosis and intervention can minimize symptoms, prevent hospitalization and improve the situation. If you are suffering from mental illness or if you think you are, it is crucial that you get in touch with a doctor, psychiatrist or a counsellor immediately.
If one of your loved ones is suffering, encourage him/her to get a mental health evaluation and seek help from a health care professional.