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Twenty Signs that You Need to Attend to Your Mental Health!

Blog post written by,

Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS

During the month of May we celebrate mental health awareness and a way to do that is by learning about developing symptoms, or early warning signs of depression, anxiety and other disorders. This will help individuals and families take action and reduce the risk of mental illness. Early intervention can help delay or prevent psychological disorders and increases opportunities for growth and change. This will help build stronger communities and increase global resilience. Please note that if several of the following are occurring, it may useful to follow up with a mental health professional.

  1. Withdrawal — Recent social withdrawal and loss of interest in friends and family. You are isolating and making excuses to avoid important conversations

  2. Changes in performance at school, work or social activities, such as quitting sports, a hobby you used to enjoy, failing in school or work, and difficulty performing familiar tasks

  3. Problems with attention, memory or logical thought and speech that are difficult to explain

  4. Flight of thoughts and ideas that lead you to feeling ashamed or frustrated during interactions with others

  5. Difficulties explaining what you feel often crying when someone raises a concern

  6. Increased sensitivity — Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch; avoidance of situations that might be perceived as over-stimulating. Feeling easily overwhelmed

  7. Loss of motivation and enjoyment of things that were pleasurable in the past

  8. Apathy — Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity - Nothing seems exciting or fun

  9. Feeling disconnected or detached — A vague feeling of being disconnected from yourself and your surroundings, feeling as if experiences are unreal and you feel as if “you were dreaming or in a movie”

  10. Illogical thinking that is not based on facts but more on distorted interpretations of reality — very polarized and catastrophic.

  11. Unusual or exaggerated beliefs about personal powers to understand meanings or influence events

  12. Magical thinking to avoid taking responsibility and making changes but expecting your problems to magically disappear

  13. Nervousness that comes and goes in waves and seems confusing to you to feel this way

  14. Fear or suspiciousness of others or a strong nervous feeling

  15. Unusual behavior – Odd, uncharacteristic, peculiar behavior

  16. Changes in sleep, weight or appetite — Dramatic sleep and appetite changes or decline in personal care

  17. Mood changes — Rapid or dramatic shifts in feelings

  18. Angry outbursts or inappropriate expression of anger

  19. Panic attacks

  20. Fear of being alone or abandoned

Stress is often times a trigger of mental health. Be proactive and tackle stress! Please find below a FREE Online Class on stress management.


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