Have you ever wondered if you have a mental illness?
In this age where so many people suffer from some form of mental health issue, it’s good to be self-aware. Having an awareness of your symptoms is crucial in maintaining a strong psyche. Being conscious of your symptoms helps you catch things before they go so far that they’re hard to work with.
Mental Disorders are one of the fastest growing dis-eases in the U.S. “Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017).” (1)
Have you ever wondered if you suffer from a mental imbalance? Are you having a bout with a situational depression that might take place in response to a life situation or trauma or is it more of a chronic mental illness? Listed below are some well-known mental health issues and how to tell if you have one.
Here Are 5 Common Mental Health Issues and Symptoms
Clinical depression is also called Major Depressive Disorder. It’s a common mental health issue where you have a varying degree of a depressed mood accompanied by a loss of interest in usual activities and the feeling of there being no pleasure in life.
Severe depression involves the entire body, not only the brain so health may feel like it’s “failing.” You may be suffering from depression if you have changes in sleep habits, usually sleeping more, low energy, and low ability to function in life. You’ll notice increased emotional sensitivity, and apathy and may feel disconnected.
Bipolar disorder is a form of depression that involves dramatic shifts in mood including the lowest of depression and the highs of mania or an exaggerated happy mood. The symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are usually ongoing and can be slow or rapid cycling (meaning the speed of mood fluctuations.) They affect every area of your life including your career and relationships.
Bipolar disorder is usually treated with a combination of medications and talk therapy in addition to many alternative therapies)
How do you know if you suffer from bipolar? You’ll have symptoms of depression and can have one or more of the symptoms listed below:
- Extreme irritability
- Exaggerated happy mood
Panic disorder is when you have repeated, and unexpected panic attacks. So, they can feel an overwhelming fear when there is no logical reason or cause. When not in the throes of a panic attack, there is excessive worry in between episodes about when the next attack will come on. Panic attacks can feel like terror, heart palpitations, vertigo, feeling the need to immediately retreat, flushing, or sweating profusely.
You may have Panic Disorder if you have repeated panic attacks, have anxiety in between attacks, and avoid situations where you fear an attack will occur.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety is when anxiety or even panic attacks are triggered by social interaction. Some of the symptoms include excessive blushing, sweating, trembling, palpitations, nausea, and stammering. Some who suffer end up turning to drugs or alcohol to reduce inhibitions.
If you notice yourself turning down social invitations out of fear or apprehension you may be dealing with social anxiety. It becomes problematic if the anxiety attacks paralyze you or make you turn to self-medicating with alcohol or drugs.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder, and it comes on in response to traumatic or life-threatening experiences. Experiences such as the horrors of war, being the victim of sexual assault, accidents, or another traumatic event. Some PTSD symptoms are high anxiety, flashbacks to the traumatic situation, anger, depression, and even physical fatigue or digestive troubles. You may have PTSD if you have a trauma that you relive in your mind that makes you feel in danger or unsafe and notice any of the above symptoms.
These are five of the most common mental health disorders. If you think you might be suffering from a serious mental health issue Find support. NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) is a great place to start for both information and support. (2)
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*Originally published on May 4, 2019.
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