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.
. 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.
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.
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.
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.