If you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, or even for a while now, it could be time to check in with a doctor about your mental health. Here are the Top 10 signs you need to connect with a professional:
Feeling Sad And Hopeless
Unrelenting sadness or hopelessness that keeps you from going about your usual routine is the hallmark sign of clinical depression. If it’s prevented you from working, being a responsible parent, or seeing friends, it’s time to check in with your doctor.
You Are Contemplating Suicide
Suicidal thoughts and actions are an indication of major depression and other mood disorders. If you are thinking about suicide, please seek help immediately. Please check our resources section for the suicide prevention hotline in your country.
Impulsive Or Obvious Mood Swings
Some psychiatric disorders involve significant mood fluctuations. The changes may be rapid, as in borderline personality disorder, or occur over several days or weeks, as in bipolar disorder.
Feeling Low Or Constantly Anxious Or Worrying
Anxiety or having irrational fears is a common symptom of many disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder and phobias. Anxiety can be paralyzing, and it can affect your health, sleep and other aspects of daily functioning.
Substance Abuse Or Other Addictions
Unhealthy coping mechanisms can signal the presence of a severe underlying problem. The use of substances to escape can lead to substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Instead of drugs or alcohol, some people rely on sex, gambling or other behaviors that spiral out of control until they negatively impact your life.
You Can’t Shake The Impact Of Past Or Recent Trauma
Trauma can flip your life upside down and take a toll on your psyche. Unwanted images and memories are often imprinted into your brain that makes it impossible to heal and move on. Even unrelated things can trigger these memories and leave you desperate to get rid of them. If this is the case, it’s time to connect with a therapist to help regain your control.
You Have A Troubled Relationship With Food And Eating
A distorted body image (ex. you see yourself as fat when your weight is normal, or you are underweight) is often the beginning of an eating disorder. Eating disorders take a significant amount of time and energy, and more importantly, can lead to long-term health risks or even death.
Anger Management Issues
Significant irritability, hostility, rage and frequent outbursts of anger can signal the presence of a mental health problem. Anger not only drains emotional and physical energy but has a negative impact on health, relationships, and work.
Irrational Fears That Interfere With Your Life
Irrational fears can include the fear that people are watching you or following you, an extreme fear of such animals like dogs or spiders, and fear of situations like flying, or social situations. Irrational fears can become obsessive, leading to persistent and intrusive thoughts that create significant anxiety.
Disrupted Relationships And Opportunities
If you’re noticing an increase in conflict in your life with loved ones or at work, it could be that recurring subconscious behaviors are at play. Check in with your doctor to get a look “under the hood” to ensure that you are making all of your own choices and that it’s not a chemical imbalance or easily treatable disorder that may be pushing people and opportunities away from you.
If any of these behaviors resonate with you, please do contact a mental health professional as soon as possible. If you think you might be at risk of harming yourself or someone else, talk to someone immediately. Please go to a local mental health clinic or the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are feeling suicidal, please find the suicide prevention line number for your specific country in our resources section.
If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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