6 Signs That Your Close One Is Suffering Through Mental Illness

“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.”

Mental illness is not a serious concern if timely action is taken. All of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles, or injured self-esteem. Attention is called upon when these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms, lasting for long periods of time, preventing us from leading a normal, active life.

If you sense any of the symptoms indicated
below in you or your loved one do not ignore,

Feeling Anxious or Worried

All of us get
worried or stressed from time to time. But anxiety could be the sign of a
mental health illness if extended for long time. Other symptoms of anxiety may
include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headache, restlessness, diarrhoea
or a racing mind. If they’ve also seemed sad or irritable for the last few
weeks or more, lacking in motivation and energy or are teary all the time, they
might be dealing with depression.

Frequent Emotional Outbursts

Everyone has
different moods, but sudden and dramatic changes in mood, such as extreme
distress or anger, can be a symptom of mental illness.

Sleep Problems

we need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Persisting changes to a person’s sleep
patterns could be a symptom of a mental illness. For example, insomnia could be
a sign of anxiety or substance abuse. Sleeping too much or too little could
indicate depression or a sleeping disorder.

Weight or Appetite Changes

Many of us
want to lose a few kilos, but for some people fluctuating weight or rapid
weight loss could be one of the warning signs of a mental illness, such as
depression or an eating disorder.

Substance Abuse

Using substances,
such as alcohol or drugs, to cope with stress can be a sign of, and a
contributor to, mental health issues.

Feeling of Guilt or Failure

like ‘I’m a failure’, ‘It’s my fault’ or ‘I’m worthless’ are all possible signs
of a mental health issue, such as depression. Your friend or loved one may need
help if they’re frequently criticising or blaming themselves. When severe, a
person may express a feeling to hurt or kill themselves. This feeling could
mean the person is suicidal and urgent help is needed. Call Triple zero (000)
for an ambulance immediately.

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The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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