Mental health is an issue that most of us are hesitant to talk about. That’s because we somehow don’t want to be the center of attention. We often get ashamed of being in a situation where there’s a thought of experiencing it all alone. However, what we don’t understand is that mental illness requires awareness and treatment. Knowing the signs and symptoms help in breaking the stigma that surrounds mental health. So without further ado, here are the highlights of some of the behaviors associated with mental health problems.
It’s unrealistic to think that we don’t have anxieties and that we don’t need to defend against them. — Julian P Humphreys Ph.D., PCC
We all encounter varying levels of stress in our day to day lives. Some are due to work and school pressure while others are family or relationship-related matters. But for some people, the feeling of anxiety is extreme. It gets prolonged which makes it difficult for them to carry out a simple task. Sometimes, it even causes panic attacks as well.
In most cases, people with severe anxiety experience reduced concentration and memory loss. There’s also difficulty in making decisions. Sometimes, even a little problem becomes a big deal. It makes them feel irritable and angry.
Most of us experience a roller coaster struggle in our lives. But if the lower mood doesn’t seem to stop and can’t find a way to improve, it could be depression. When we suffer from this mental condition, there’s a tendency of having mixed emotions. These emotions include anxiousness, sadness, guilt, agitation, and hopelessness. Our self-confidence starts to fade, and we begin to think that other people’s negative description of us is correct. We tend to blame and criticize ourselves for being weak and vulnerable. We often neglect responsibilities because we lose interest in everything we do. From there, we allow isolation to take place.
Either due to traumatic experiences—including abuse or extreme neglect—or developmental anomalies, some kids have intense fight, flight, or freeze responses and little ability to self-soothe. — Blake Griffin Edwards, MSMFT, LMFT
Mood disorder such as bipolar condition causes fluctuations in our overall needs. It is a condition where we start to lose the grip of maintaining jobs, school tasks, personal responsibilities, and relationships. In some instances, people often see it as the unwillingness to cooperate on what’s currently essential. It makes us always want to quit because we easily get distracted. Our moods shift from happiness to sadness in an instant. There’s also a tendency to feel pain but sometimes lets us have full energy at the same time.
Schizophrenia is a mental condition that is generally misunderstood by many. It is classified as the most feared mental health illness. That’s due to its adverse effect such as having a split personality where it moves a person away from reality. A person with this type of condition may have delusions about other people or themselves. The symptoms of this condition impact the ability to communicate with others, as well as the many other aspects of everyday lives. They are distracted by a thing that doesn’t mean anything to others. They may stop paying to attention in a conversation because they are thinking about something else.
The traditional view has been that schizophrenia occurs in approximately 1% of people. But it’s now clear that the sort of experiences captured under the label are common in the general population—frequently far less distressing and disruptive, for sure, but essentially the same thing. — Daniel Freeman, Ph.D. and Jason Freeman
These mental conditions can leave unnoticeable signs. But if we pay enough attention to what’s in it, we’ll have the chance to understand it even better.