“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.”
Mental illness is not a serious concern if timely action is taken. All of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles, or injured self-esteem. Attention is called upon when these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms, lasting for long periods of time, preventing us from leading a normal, active life.
If you sense any of the symptoms indicated below in you or your loved one do not ignore,
Feeling Anxious or Worried
All of us get worried or stressed from time to time. But anxiety could be the sign of a mental health illness if extended for long time. Other symptoms of anxiety may include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headache, restlessness, diarrhoea or a racing mind. If they’ve also seemed sad or irritable for the last few weeks or more, lacking in motivation and energy or are teary all the time, they might be dealing with depression.
Frequent Emotional Outbursts
Everyone has different moods, but sudden and dramatic changes in mood, such as extreme distress or anger, can be a symptom of mental illness.
Generally, we need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Persisting changes to a person’s sleep patterns could be a symptom of a mental illness. For example, insomnia could be a sign of anxiety or substance abuse. Sleeping too much or too little could indicate depression or a sleeping disorder.
Weight or Appetite Changes
Many of us want to lose a few kilos, but for some people fluctuating weight or rapid weight loss could be one of the warning signs of a mental illness, such as depression or an eating disorder.
Using substances, such as alcohol or drugs, to cope with stress can be a sign of, and a contributor to, mental health issues.
Feeling of Guilt or Failure
Thoughts like ‘I’m a failure’, ‘It’s my fault’ or ‘I’m worthless’ are all possible signs of a mental health issue, such as depression. Your friend or loved one may need help if they’re frequently criticising or blaming themselves. When severe, a person may express a feeling to hurt or kill themselves. This feeling could mean the person is suicidal and urgent help is needed. Call Triple zero (000) for an ambulance immediately.