Warning Signs You’re Mentally Sick

Warning signs of a mental illness can be found in this post.

There are different types of mental illnesses and awareness of it can help.

Sometimes the issues you may be facing, may point to a possible mental illness.

Recovery or management is possible with enough effort be it anxiety, depression, or personality disorder.

It’s OK, not to be OK.. As long as you don’t give up

A mental illness can be the reason for any and all of your abnormal behavior.

We never really think it could happen to us untill it actually does.

As strange as it may seem, it is actually a fairly common occurrence where a person doesn’t realise that they may be suffering from a mental illness.

This post covers signs that are common to most mental health issues. If you notice too many of such signs in your own behaviour/lifestyle, it is advisable that you seek help from a professional.

Common Signs of Mental Illness-
1. Sleeplessness or Lack of Restful Sleep
Almost invariably, the first symptom of a mental disturbance will be insomnia or lack of a restful sleep.
When we are subconsciously nurturing a lot of fears, sleep becomes difficult.
As we go to sleep, our brain switches to beta state and your subconscious takes over. All the repressed issues come out to play and will be experienced as internal noise threatening your well-being.
Till you process the said issue, you will continue suffering from abnormal sleep or no sleep at all. It will worsen your mental, emotional and physical health.
Feeling Disconnected
An emotional withdrawal from family and friends and a lack of interest in activities around you is a common symptom of a mental illness.
If you feel disconnected, you should assess your own reasoning for it. You may also feel like there is a distance between you and the rest of the world as if, you’re no longer a part of the general going on around you.

. Binge Behaviour

Bingeing on Netflix, food, alcohol, or sex isn’t normal – what a shock, right!

Every day, there is a new article on what to binge watch as if spending hours watching tv isn’t unhealthy at all!

It’s a classic escapist behavior!

For as long as your senses are engaged in mindless visual and audio stimulus, you don’t have to deal with any ACTUAL issue that may be derailing your life.

Bingeing is abnormal…

Eating a large amount of food floods your body with endorphins, temporarily elevating your mood and tricking you into finding it a suitable solution to the depressed mood.

Sex and alcohol – do too much of it and you’re an addict.

Put a healthy spin on the reckless behavior and you’re an addict in denial.

So, next time you get off the couch after several hours of television and having worked your way through several bags of potato chips, cans of Cola, and a whole cake – welcome the sense of shame overwhelming you and then, ask for help.

Irritability/ Moodiness
While irritability is typical to a few mental illnesses, moodiness is found in the symptom list of most mental issues.
You may notice a general inability to predict your own behavior. You’ll lash out needlessly surprising even yourself.
Later as you go over the scene, you’ll be left feeling confused and disoriented.
Defensive Behaviour
We are always aware of the disturbances going on in our life be it consciously or subconsciously but when you’re not ready to face up to the issue, you avoid anything that might push you into having to deal with it.
This includes the people in your life. If ever anybody questions you about your lack of involvement or any other unusual behaviour, instead of appreciating their concern, you may lash out.
You may also interpret a person’s simple interest in your life as an ambush and accordingly, respond with hostility or by shutting that person out of your life.
Substance Abuse;
During your struggle with anxiety and depression, it may take you a while to realise just how dependent you had become on painkillers and sleeping pills.
A few dangerous incidents that might be resulting from your abuse of the pills will make you realise just how they are eating into your self-control and crippling the functioning of your body.
If you’re taking too many pills, please consult a doctor.
A professional won’t leave you high and dry. He will recommend medication that would actually help you without promoting addict behaviour.
Physiological Symptoms
The following physiological symptoms are indicative of a mental illness –
Lethargy/Low energy levels.
Tremors.
Extreme Sensitivity to external stimuli.
Headaches and dizziness.
Panic Attacks.
Extreme period pain.
Disturbed digestion.
Nausea. And lots more…
Cognitive Deficiencies
Cognition is the processing of information in order to acquire knowledge or actionable information for daily activities. It is a conscious use of mental processes.
In case of a mental illness, a lot of such processes may be impaired.
There is a general lack of attention, inability to process information quickly, communication skills and critical thinking may also be impaired.
Environmental Changes
Our environment is a fairly good reflection of our state of mind.
Take a good, hard look at your environment. Dull colors, inadequate lighting, chaos, and lack of hygiene may signal a depressed mind.
A depressed person suffers from an increased sensitivity to light which may lead to them putting thick curtains on the windows.
All those pictures of people sitting in total darkness – it’s not a dramatisation of the illness. In fact, it’s a fairly good reflection of the actual state of a depressed person’s mind.
Get Help!
You Find Yourself Drowning in Self Torture.
You Prefer Things That Will Cause you Pain.
Exhausting Yourself to Pass out.
Drug abuse may also be a sign. Healthy people don’t recklessly pop pills.

Self-Abuse

While you’re struggling with anxiety, You would often find comfort in drowning your obsessive thinking with extremely aggressive workouts.

You might work out for over 2 hours stopping only after your body would be exhausted enough to simply collapse into sleep.

Sometimes, you might end up getting sick after a prolonged workout session. But as long as your body is in actual physical pain, there was no time to feel the pain from all the obsessive thinking.

Drug abuse might also be a sign. Healthy people don’t pop pills unnecessarily.

Hallucinations and Delusions

If you’re seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there, you should immediately get help. Hallucinations can be a symptom of Schizophrenia or Psychotic depression.

The individual may create an alternate reality to accommodate his/her insecurities, paranoia, manic-depressive episodes.

You may persistently hear whispers reinforcing all the most negative emotions. Please, ask for help!

If admitting to the illness is too much, you can reach out to people anonymously.

There are several helplines available and you don’t even need to give your name. The volunteers will work with whatever information you’re comfortable sharing.

You need to understand that any mental illness works by restructuring your brain.

As we obsess over negative experiences, emotions, and fears – they are reinforced and strengthened.

Depression can completely alter your brain to the extent of shrinking your Hippocampus responsible for regulation of emotions and memory. During a mental illness, because of cognitive impairment, the brain goes into overdrive.

There are factors at play that are completely beyond your understanding. All you need to do is educate yourself on the subject.

This is a clear symptoms of Schizophrenia. Get help as soon as possible please. Stop trying to manage it.
Consider the possibility of a mental illness being the reason for any and all of your abnormal behavior. We never really think it could happen to us until it actually does.
Also, look at your environment and listen to what other people are saying. If a number of people in your life are telling you that something isn’t right, chances are that something really isn’t right.
Proper information can really save you from some very dangerous consequences.

Most importantly, while you may blame yourself for everything going on in your life, it could simply be your brain chemistry leading to the problem.

None of it can be resolved if you don’t ask for help. Also, if you think I’ve missed out on something, please share it in the comments below and help your fellow readers.

This is an area where the more we discuss the better it is for everyone concerned.

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