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Signs of Poor Mental Health

By: Breanna Derrick/Junior Writer

There may be “trigger” issues in this article, such as self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and other harmful habits.

With the pandemic, Mental Health Awareness is at an all-time high. Guides on how to identify and help with mental health problems are being developed by organizations all over the world. The warning signs that someone is experiencing mental health problems should never be overlooked. Any depression and anxiety symptoms may be signs of something more serious, such as bipolar disorder.

According to a study, over 77% of workers from all areas of life suffer from mental health problems. It can be difficult for someone to ask for help if they are afraid or fear that someone will judge them. You may refer them to helplines that are secure, accessible, and supported by professionals who are always willing to help.

If someone doesn’t keep up with their personal hygiene, it may be a sign of depression or anxiety, which can lead to sleep problems like insomnia. People who suffer from anxiety can stay up all night thinking (and overthinking) about anything and everything. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you should seek help from a mental health professional.

  • If you see someone suffering from fatigue, try to talk to them. Fatigue may be a symptom of many things, it’s also a sign of poor mental health.
  • Drop-in functioning — An unusual drop in functioning at school, work, or social activities, such as giving up sports, struggling in school, or having trouble completing routine tasks.
  • Excessive drinking and drug use aren’t always caused by mental illness but can be an important symptom of it. People who self-harm are often good at hiding it, but it only takes a more skilled eye to notice. It’s commonly thought that mental illness has no physical manifestations, but that’s not true.
  • Nausea, vomiting, high fever, shivering, and panic attacks are all signs of anxiety and depression. Keep your eyes out for these and don’t ignore them as a stomach bug. Please seek assistance if you find this form of disruptive behavior in someone you know.
  • Disconnectedness — A vague feeling of being cut off from oneself or one’s surroundings; a sense of emptiness.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities. 
  • Confusion in thinking or a lack of focus.

Mental Health Awareness has come a long way in recent years, but there is still a long way to go. People with mental illnesses often believe that they should express themselves on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Don’t just swipe past someone who is sharing troubling details on social media. It’s really easy to do so, but sometimes all someone needs is a kind word to save their life.

If you’d like to learn more about the signs of mental health, click this link. Also, take a look at our own “Ways to Protect Your Mental Health” article on our website. Click the link here.


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