Stigma about mental health discourages people from seeking treatment – Bustle discusses nine mental health symptoms to never ignore.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, or struggling with any others, please reach out to someone for help and treatment.
- Suicidal Thoughts: Talk to a professional as quickly as possible if you have had thoughts of suicide or self-harm, even if you think that you have no real intention to kill yourself. The thoughts indicate unhappiness, hopelessness, self-punishment, and more. Reach out for help.
- Paranoia: Your friends or family may notice increased paranoia before you do since they will likely feel reasonable to you. Paranoia can stem from a variety of disorders – schizophrenia, delusional disorder, serious anxiety, etc. – and it can cause intense fear regardless of its roots.
- Hallucinations: Hallucinations signify that the brain’s signaling mechanisms aren’t operating properly. They can occur as voices or visions, and they can be caused by medications, drugs, epilepsy, migraines, etc. Regardless of their cause, they signify that a check-up is in order.
- Serious Lack of Motivation: A major symptom of depression is a lack of motivation to do anything. This can include socializing, getting out of bed, or basic activities such as showering. If you are struggling to live an ordinary life or care for yourself, please go see a professional.
- Behavior Demonstrating Self-Hatred Or Destructiveness: As with paranoia, loved ones may notice this first. Behavior indicating self-hatred or destructiveness includes sabotaging relationships, engaging in self-harm or self-isolation, substance abuse, and more. If this sounds familiar, remember that you deserve to be treated well and seek help from a doctor.
- Manic Periods: These periods often include feelings of invincibility and genius, erratic behavior, and lack of sleep. Someone experiencing a manic episode may do something that needs to be fixed when he or she is more level. If you have experienced this, see a doctor to learn about the episodes and how to manage them.
- Serious Anhedonia: Anhedonia usually indicates depression. It is the clinical term describing complete lack of interest in anything. If you are suddenly abandoning hobbies, social activities, and other events you used to find enjoyable, do not belittle the situation by calling it a “slump” and see a doctor.
- Self-Punishing Thoughts: Telling yourself you don’t deserve something, saying you’re not good enough, and talking down to yourself are classic examples of self-punishing thoughts. These thoughts indicate negative thought patterns, which are difficult to stop. Please talk to a professional about cognitive behavioral therapy to break out of the negativity and be kind to yourself.
- Compulsions And/Or Fear-Based Behavior: This category includes a vast variety of behaviors that indicate anxiety may have gotten out of control. These behaviors could include avoiding situations because of fear; shaping your life to avoid triggering anxiety; ritualistically doing something to make you feel safe, even if it seems irrational; and more. If you are experiencing any of this, or any other concerning behavior, please speak to a professional.
Remember that none of these situations are hopeless and that getting better is possible. Reaching out for help is the first step.