Recognizing Early Signs Of Mental Illness

by - February 13, 2019

I find a lot people like to know what the signs of mental illness are, and how you know if you have it or not etc. Well, it's not easy to tell because obviously you can't go get a physical test done and be diagnosed with something we can't see, and there is really no test that can easily distinguish mental health in patients. There are so many different mental illness's around, and each and every one has its own symptoms and signs, however we can talk about the more common signs of mental illness. Mental illness can be found in children and adults.

Let's start by talking about the symptoms of mental health in children:
- Changes in school performance. Maybe your child started to get lower grades, and is not doing their work or paying attention in class as much as they used to.
- Excessive worry and anxiety. Maybe your child has started to cause a fight to avoid going to bed on school nights, or you have a hard time getting them to get ready to go to school in the mornings.
- Frequent Nightmares. If your child has begun to have frequent nightmares a lot, this could be a sign they have a mental illness.

Signs in adults:
- Excessive worrying or fear.
- Feeling extreme sadness.
- Avoiding friends and any social activities.
- Extreme, uncontrollable mood changes.
- Changes in sleeping habits.
- Changes in sex drive.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- A sudden concern about appearance.
- Unable to follow through with daily plans.

*** Please take note that this post is NOT to be used for self-diagnosing! I am not a professional health care provider, I just post what I know and share it with people who may be looking for resources and any little bits of information. If you believe you may have a mental illness, please consult a doctor and/or a physician***

If you DO have a mental illness,and you are looking for information on helplines and places to go for help, Please take a look at the resources I have posted in my "SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER" post!

Your doctor or physician will help provide you with the proper treatment that best suits your needs following diagnosis!

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