Three Signs Of Mental Health Issues That Need To Be AddressedMay 2, 2019 1:48 pm
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and just as important as your physical health, mental health can become a debilitating and life threatening illness. It is important to know the signs of mental health issues and seek professional help before it becomes readily apparent that such help is needed. In order to address these mental health issues, you must first be able to recognize these signs.
It’s not possible to cover all the signs of mental health issues in one post, so we are going to look at three of the most common. If you notice any of these signs it would be a good idea to seek help. However, if these are the signs you are seeing, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to seek help. Mental health issues can manifest themselves in a multitude of ways and that’s why if you’re not feeling like yourself, it is always a good idea to get seen by a professional.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs you will certainly want to get checked out by a professional:
- Social Withdrawal: This sign will manifest itself in different ways in different people. If you or a loved one is typically a fairly outgoing person and they start to pull back from social situations, that could be a sign. If they are generally introverted, this sign might look a little different. The key here is to notice any significant changes in how you or the person you love interacts with others around them. If this deviates from the normal in a dramatic way it may be time to seek professional help.
- Long-lasting sadness or irritability: Sadness doesn’t have to be someone crying in the corner, this can manifest itself by a person just simply moping around or generally not having enthusiasm for anything in their lives. A general disdain toward the day to day and being easily agitated is often a way that this sign manifests itself.
- Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping patterns: If someone you know is having a hard time sleeping all of a sudden or they become a binge eater, this could be a sign of mental health issues that need the be treated by a professional. The reverse could be true too, if someone is sleeping all the time and is having a hard time waking up or they stop eating all together, they should be seen as well.
As was noted above, these are not the ONLY signs of mental health issues, but they are some of the more common ones. If you see a dramatic change in the way someone is acting or behaving this could be the most obvious sign of mental health concerns. Mental health should be treated just like physical health, when there is a sign or symptom a person should be seen by a professional who can help him/her identify the causes and come to some resolution.