National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month has begun. September is the month where mental health advocates officially dedicate their time to raise awareness regarding mental health.
We often miss lesser-known mental health signs. Anyone, including friends, family, and doctors, can overlook these symptoms. This can be a result lack of mental health education, stigma or even diagnostic bias. This is the reality for so many people who do not fit written examples of having mental health issues.
So what’s best for a person who has a mental illness?
The key to helping an individual to get help is early detection and intervention. In this manner, the person can be connected to a support system and improve long-term recovery outcomes. Early detection is essential because untreated mental illness can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and, of course, worsening symptoms.
We have listed down below 5 warning signs of mental health issues that people miss:
1 – Lack of Emotion
According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, lack of emotion is also a concern for people with mental illness. Suppressing your emotions may be a defence mechanism for some people. However, blankness and a blatant disregard for yourself, others, and the world around you are signs of mental health illness.
2 – Constant Fatigue
A person with a mental illness may complain of constant fatigue while battling the illness. This often goes unnoticed as many people overwork themselves day in and day out and may also feel constant fatigue. There are several biological, social and, environmental factors that may explain why someone feels tired all the time. However, if someone complains of fatigue for no reason, it is an excellent time to start asking questions.
3 – Perfectionism
Perfectionism may seem to be a personality trait, but it can also be a subtle warning for mental health illness. NAMI says, “People with anxiety disorders or eating disorders, for instance, can become driven by a desire to achieve perfection in all or some areas of their lives: In school, at work, in their physical appearance or eating habit.”
4 – Avoidance
People with panic disorders may frequently avoid certain situations such as a song, a route, a person, or a specific topic that may trigger their panic attacks. Avoidance can also be seen in people with schizophrenia who experience delusions.
5 – Hyperactive Behavior
Any behaviour change has an explanation. You may think that someone showing signs of hyperactive behaviour is just happy or full of energy. However, it may be precisely the opposite in certain circumstances. This may indicate depression and anxiety.
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