I know I have said this a lot and I'll say it again! There is no shame in mental illness!! Honestly I don't even like the word mental illness because it sounds like your crazy and it has such a negative stigma around it . But till I think of a better work , mental illness it is! Wooo!!
im going to share 6 signs to look out for in others and yourself and what you can do to get help .
#1. feeling sad or down ~ things that interested you before start to not interest you . Having no motivation to do daily tasks like work or even showering . You start to feel sadness and have no idea why and you may start to isolate . People might start noticing this or you may be able to hide it well . But it's there !
#2.confused thinking and/or reduced ability to concentrate ~ it may feel like your thoughts are foggy . Hard to concentrate on one thing and the brain just goes into overload and you get overwhelmed. Even the smallest thoughts seem to be hard making you confused . It may become hard to concentrate. Reading a book, watching tv , work, your mind will not be a to just relax and concentrate on the task . You may feel confused a lot .
#3 Mood changes ~ you can go from extreme sadness to extreme happiness . You may feel sad all day for no reason and loose motivation to do anything .
#4 Excessive fears or worries ~ you may start to develop new fears and worries . Things that were once normal are now causing anxiety . Driving for example , you may be worried to drive because you might get into an accident . You may become over protective of loved ones and worry about them .
#5 Withdrawal from friends and family~ you may start to skip get togethers , not wanting to socialize. You may start ignoring phone calls and texts and find yourself making excuses to to socialize with people. The thought of being around people can become overwhelming.
#6 Significant tiredness , low energy and problems sleeping ~ you may find yourself not wanting to get out of bed and napping a lot and still feeling tired . You might not have the usual energy that you once had and find your self feeling lazy . Sleep may become hard . Your mind may race all night or you wake up a lot at night . You can be very tired but not able to actually relax to sleep .
If you have any or all of these symptoms it's time to see your family doctor or a mental health professional. Most mental illnesses don't improve on their own, and if untreated, a mental illness may get worse over time and cause serious problems. And remember there is no shame in getting help!!
Here are some numbers to call ..
310-mentalhealth . They will help with support , information and resources in your area .
1.833.456.4566 suicide hotline