Wednesday, 6 February 2019

4 Signs Of Mental Health Issues You Should Look Out For


Looking after your mental health is so important, but it’s very difficult if you don’t know that you’ve got an issue in the first place. Mental health issues build up over time and they can creep up on you without you even realising it. That’s why it’s so important that you know what to look out for so you can identify the signs of a problem before it gets out of control and you can do something about it. These are some of the most common symptoms of mental health issues that you should be aware of.


Change in appetite

A breakdown in routine is often one of the first signs that your mental health is deteriorating. If you find that you’re eating more or less than usual for a day or two, that’s not a huge warning sign. But if your eating habits change for an extended period of time, it might be a sign that you’re struggling. In some cases, you might lose your appetite and you won’t be eating as much as you normally would but sometimes, you might find yourself overeating. Sometimes, people use food as a coping mechanism when they’re feeling down. If you notice any significant changes to your eating habits, it’s worth taking a look at your mental health and thinking about whether you’ve noticed any other changes in your life.


Change in sleeping habits


Another big change in routine that people with mental health issues experience is poor sleeping habits. If you’re struggling with anxiety, it can seriously disrupt your sleep because you can’t relax when you’re worrying about things. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing depression, it’s very common to sleep for long periods due to a lack of energy and motivation to get out of bed. If you find that you’re having trouble getting to sleep or you’re tired all of the time even when you’ve been sleeping for a long period, you may need to see somebody about your mental health.





Excessive drinking

Most drug and alcohol abuse issues stem from mental health problems. If people are struggling and they don’t seek professional help, they may start self-medicating instead. When they’re stressed out or anxious about something, having a drink calms them down. Over time, their level of drinking may increase slowly until it becomes a crutch that they rely on to manage their mental health issues. The problem is, alcohol and drugs will make mental health issues worse in the long term. If you find that you’re drinking excessively to make yourself feel better, you should look into staying at an ANA Treatment Centre to get it under control. It’s also important that you seek therapy to deal with the underlying issues that are causing your alcohol or drug use in the first place.



High stress levels

Stress is the leading cause of mental health issues and it’s such a big problem for many of us. If your work and family life are starting to get on top of you and you don’t do anything about it, that’s when it will develop into a more serious problem and you’ll start to see some of the symptoms that we’ve talked about. It’s important that you find ways to reduce stress and talk to your boss if your workload is getting too much.




Most of us will experience some kind of mental health issue at some point in our lives but if you can spot the warning signs early, you can manage it before it gets on top of you.

I've personally struggled with mental health issues for some time, I'm sure you're already aware if you've been following me for a while. I highly recommend seeing your GP and getting some help, whether that's counselling or medication.


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Disclaimer: All images are extracts from Rupi Kaurs books 'Milk and Honey' and 'The Sun and Her Flowers'.

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