Mental health conditions are common and widespread. And the majority of families are not prepared to cope with learning that their loved one as a mental health problem. However, family, friends, and colleagues can begin to notice small changes or a feeling that there is a problem with how a person is thinking, feeling, or behaving. Learning about developing symptoms and seeking psychiatric healthcare services can help the sufferer cope with and overcome their illness. These services can help treat people who are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
The following are common warning signs that your loved one may need these services:
Everyone experiences anxiety and worry; however, too much of these can indicate an anxiety disorder. This is especially true if these conditions do not go away. If your loved has tried some techniques such as exercise, yoga, and meditation to fight their stress and anxiety, but could find the relief they need, it might be time to seek professional psychiatric treatment.
In general, a person needs 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If your loved one’s sleep patterns are persistently changed, this could mean they have a mental health problem. For instance, insomnia could result from anxiety or substance abuse. Whether your loved one is sleeping too much or too little, they could have depression or a sleeping disorder.
Appetite and Weight Changes
Fluctuating weight or rapid weight loss could be a sign of a mental health problem like depression or an eating disorder. The sufferer tends to lose appetite and they focus too much on the things that have dominated their thinking and feelings.
A lot of those who have mental health disorders abuse alcohol, drugs, and other substances to cope with their mental problem. For example, people with bipolar symptoms may consume alcohol to calm themselves during a manic stage. In some instances, the substance abuse even exacerbates the symptoms of a mental health problem or results in further disorders like addiction.
Withdrawal or Isolation
Some people need more “me-time” to rest, recharge, and center themselves before re-engaging with the world. However, if your loved one is suddenly and regularly disconnecting themselves from family and friends, this could mean they have a mental health issue such as bipolar disorder, depression, or a psychotic disorder. They may need help if they refuse to join in social activities they used to enjoy.
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