People of any age, gender, or economic or social class might suffer from mental health issues. While genes and family history can raise risk, environmental factors, situations, and traumatic experiences from the past can also precipitate the beginning of a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even a two-year-old child can be affected by mental illness. It is necessary to value both physical and psychological wellness equally.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Disease (NAMI), roughly one out of every five adult Americans has a mental illness at some point in their lives, making adequate screening and treatment critical. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness prevents many from seeking help, and they think living with discomfort is preferable to being labelled insane or weak. Many people are taken aback by the prospect of having to take medication for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, withdrawing and isolating oneself is not the solution.
Subtle Signs of a dysfunctional brain
Most mental diseases may now be diagnosed and treated because of tremendous developments in science and technology. However, it is critical to recognise the signs as soon as possible. Psychiatrists frequently rely on patients’ self-reported symptoms to diagnose the underlying problem and recommend a treatment plan. Small symptoms indicate that something is wrong and needs to be corrected immediately, whether it’s long-term sadness or acute self-loathing.
- Suicidal Thoughts Suicidal thoughts or attempts to murder someone for an extended period are signals that a person is genuinely unhappy or imprisoned in a situation. Some people believe that such thoughts will fade away once the situation improves, and they are warning signals of debilitating mental illness.
- It is usually advisable to take a loved one to a psychiatrist for medical advice if they are exhibiting paranoid behaviour. People who have gone through a painful period may develop paranoia. Victims of sexual abuse and veterans of war typically have heightened suspicions.
- Even though they are not being watched or followed, they may feel like they are. Complex mental diseases, such as schizophrenia, can cause paranoid behaviour. Affected people may develop delusional patterns and experience hallucinations.
- Lack of motivation: When a person lacks motivation for an extended period, it is clear that something is bothering them. Severely depressed people may find it difficult to carry on with daily activities, and even getting out of bed appears to be a monumental task. They are not only bored and demotivated, but they are also unconcerned about their looks and attire.
- Periods of manic activity: Periods of manic activity remind you that you have mental illness. Cyclical episodes of mania and depression characterise bipolar disorder. The person is exceedingly chatty and energetic during the manic period. However, they experience a crash shortly afterwards, leaving them exhausted and defenseless.
- Hallucinations: At this point, a person begins to imagine things that do not exist in reality. They may hear voices, have visions, or feel as if insects are crawling around, and it is more common in those with schizophrenia and the elderly.
The Recovery of Health
Almost every problem in life has a solution, no matter how bad a person feels. To seek support and pursue the correct path, all it needs is a little courage and encouragement from loved ones.