Critical mental disorders very seldom appear “unexpectedly”. More often than not close relatives and friends and often patients themselves identify minute alterations or feelings that there is “something wrong” about their cognitive thinking patterns, internal feelings or behaviours before an actual diagnosable issue progresses into a clear cut case.
Here are some of the early warning signs of a potential mental disorder and where early identification and treatment can serve circumvent the progression and ultimately the severity of dealing with a full blown and diagnosed mental disorder.
- You have abnormal mood swings
- You find it hard to perform normal daily functions
- You are sad, hopeless, listless most of the time
- You worry excessively or feel anxious most of the time
- You have irrational fears that interfere with your life
- You have trouble controlling anger or you harbour a bad temper
- You are continuously distressed by traumatic events of the past
- You have an unusual problem with food and eating
- You abuse alcohol, drugs, medications, or indulge in harmful activities
- You isolate yourself and think of self-harming or suicide
- You withdrawal from friends and family
- You experience a drop in day to day activity
- You have poor concentration and inability to focus on day to day tasks.
- You have a feeling of being disconnected from your life
- You experience exaggerated beliefs about personal abilities
Please note however that you should never self-diagnose. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and they are becoming obstructive to your wellbeing it would be highly recommended that you speak to a psychiatric professional in your area.
The stigmas of seeing therapists have long disappeared in todays society and these professionals are genuinely able to help in a vast range of metal disorders. Sessions with therapists are confidential and seeking early treatment is always a better option.
We always encourage patients to:
- Be evaluated by a qualified mental health care professional.
- Find out more about the mental health disorder, including signs & symptoms.
- Get support and counselling and strategies to deal with day to day stress.
- If the condition escalates, formulate an action plan for more intensive treatment solutions.
Do not ignore the problem. Each persons situation needs to be evaluated with caution and treatment has to be individualised. Family and close friends can also be important support structures to patients suffering from mental health disorders.