Mental Health Care: Signs That Indicate You May Need It

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Signs That Indicate You May Need Mental Health Care

There are hundreds of signs and symptoms that reveal that a mental health condition is developing. However, it may be hard to recognize when a mental health care professional is needed.

In general, there are five life aspects that are most likely to identify problems if you are struggling with mental health. They are:

Appetite
Energy
Mood
Sleep habits
Libido (sex drive)

These areas are often highly affected by changes in stress, illness, health, and trauma. Difficulties in any of these aspects can alter a person’s behavior and cognitive, emotional, social, and even physical function.

Next, if you notice changes in any of these areas, evaluate yourself for symptoms of mental illness within these same areas.

Abnormalities. You notice symptoms are very different from how you function normally, or just somehow feel “off.”

Dsyfunctionalities. Changes in these areas are impeding normal functioning in other critical aspects of your life such as work, school, family and personal life, etc.

Extreme and/or rapid shifts. For instance, you may find your energy or mood to be too high or low, or sleeping frequently or not at all. These shifts may also happen quickly, such as from hypersexual behavior to low libido in a short amount of time.

Others say something about it. People in your close circle express concern and your habits or behaviors. Someone those close to us can pick up on things before we actually identify them ourselves.

Finally, if you use drugs or alcohol, look for symptoms of a serious substance abuse problem such as cravings, increasing tolerance, and neglect of primary responsibilities over drug or alcohol use.

Many mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder are exacerbated by substance abuse and vice versa.

If you can identify problems developing in any of the areas listed above, please seek a mental health care provider or addiction treatment center as soon as possible.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

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