Signs & symptoms of mental illness can plague our minds and our bodies. From all different diagnoses to just symptomatic distinctions. Some of these symptoms range from physical to mental. Below we will discover some of the most important mental health signs and symptoms to look for.
Some Examples of Signs & Symptoms
of Mental Illness Include:
Feeling sad or down
Confused thinking and reduced ability to concentrate
Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
Withdrawal from friends and activities
Detachment from reality/delusional thinking, paranoia, or hallucinations
Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
Major changes in eating habits
Drop-in functioning: An unusual drop in functioning, at school, work, or social activities, such as quitting sports, failing in school, or difficulty performing familiar tasks
Significant tiredness, low energy, or problems sleeping
Increased sensitivity: Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch; avoidance of over-stimulating situations
Apathy: Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity
Nervousness: Fear or suspiciousness of others or a strong nervous feeling
Sex drive changes
Problems with alcohol or drug use
Excessive anger, hostility, or violence
Physical ailments without obvious causes (such as migraines, stomach aches/ulcers, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”, pins and needle sensations)
Muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech
Intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance
Overeating, undereating & vomiting
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Seasonal inhalant allergies
It is crucial to remember that these signs and symptoms can differ based on the specific mental illness and the individual’s unique experiences. It is recommended to consult mental health professionals for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Now that you have an overview of what mental illness is, the different types of mental illness, and some of the signs and symptoms related to illness, you can further look into ways of treating these conditions.
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