10 Warning Signs of Mental Illness You Should be Aware of

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Whilst we all live such busy lives, it’s easy to assume that all is well with everyone around us.

You may think that as your nearest and dearest are not complaining about any issues, that all’s fine. In most cases, it would seem a fair assumption.

However, unlike physical illness when a patient is unlikely to hold back from complaining, mental illness is another matter. 

In fact, the very symptoms mental health issues bring, may be those that stop someone suffering from complaining.

For instance, with depression, you’re unlikely to be able to rationally decide to seek help and more likely to withdraw.

Equally, if you are delusional, you may well believe even family and friends are untrustworthy.

Although, we’re told that mental health is equally important to diagnose as physical health, it may actually be more important.

So, how do you keep an eye on those you love and spot any signs of mental illness?

The Baseline

Firstly, although anyone of any age can develop mental disorders, there are certain trigger points.

For example, young men are statistically more susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts.

Equally, young girls often become so aware of their self-image that they’re at more risk of eating disorders.

Additionally, some mental illnesses are hereditary.

10 Warning Signs

However, it is important to recognise that in these difficult times, any friend or family member might just be struggling. As such, here are ten warning signs to look out for:

1. Showing signs of fear or excessive, prolonged worrying.

2. Feelings of overwhelming sadness. For instance, regularly crying

3. Poor concentration and focus. For example, issues with learning at school or college.

4. Greater irritability than normal. Similarly, showing more signs of anger than is usual.

5. Mood swings.

6. Avoiding friends. For example, making excuses not to attend social occasions.

7. Changes in eating. Whilst lack of appetite can be a sign of an eating disorder, it is also indicative of depression.

8. Changes in sex drive.

9. Difficulty in sleeping. Additionally, children having regular nightmares may be a concern.

10. Increased drinking or drug abuse are major signs of an inability to cope.

How to Approach

Whilst with friends you may feel it’s not your business, it’s important to flag any concerns to them.

Alternatively, initially sharing your worries with a mutual friend or relative may well help. 

Mental health is an increasing and serious issue and can be helped by supportive friends and family taking action.

There are many charities and agencies offering support to those with concerns. For example, MIND, NHS Every Mind Matters and Samaritans all offer great support and advice.

To learn more, get in touch with us today.