MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS

Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Overview

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions. This includes disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

A mental illness can make one miserable and can cause problems in his/her daily life, such as academic performance, work or relationships. In most cases, the symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (counseling). It is important to note that many people have mental health concerns from time to time. However, a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Examples of signs and symptoms include:

• Feeling sad or down

• Confused thinking or inability to concentrate

• Excessive fears or worries,

• Extreme feelings of guilt

• Extreme mood changes of highs and lows

• Withdrawal from friends and activities

• Significant tiredness, low energy

• Sleep disorders (insomnia or hyper somnia)

• Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations

• Inability to cope with daily problems or stress

• Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people

• Alcohol or drug abuse

• Major changes in eating habits

• Sex drive changes

• Excessive anger, hostility or violence

• Suicidal thinking

Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder can manifest as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headache, or other unexplained body aches and pains.

#Break the silence TUESDAY 28TH MAY 2019.