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Recognizing a Potential Mental Health Problem

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental HealthEveryone has their good days and their bad days. One day you might feel really happy. Then the next day, something may happen to make you feel sad or discouraged. While being sad once in a while should not be a cause for concern, your mental and emotional health is important. If there is a real problem, it should be dealt with quickly and appropriately. Unfortunately, some people fail to recognize a mental health issue.

If you are unsure if you are suffering from a mental or emotional health issue, consider these five areas where symptoms often manifest themselve.

  1. Mood
  2. Energy
  3. Appetite
  4. Sleep
  5. Sex Drive

These symptoms may be manifest on either end of the spectrum. For example, you may find that you have an abnormal amount of energy, or you could find that you have almost no energy at all. It might be difficult to even get out of bed each day. You may also find yourself eating more than normal, or you might find food has lost its appeal.

Along with experiencing the extremes of these symptoms, it is important to watch for shifts from one extreme to the other. You might go from feeling extremely energetic to feeling excessively tired. If these symptoms are abnormal or interfere with your daily life, you should also be concerned. Unfortunately, people sometimes ignore or deny these symptoms in themselves. A friend or family member may be the one to notice changes in these areas of your mental health. Be willing to listen to others who have expressed concern about your mental health.

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, visit a health care professional right away, especially if any of these symptoms are accompanied by suicidal thoughts. The sooner you deal with your mental or emotional health issue, the sooner you can return to your normal activities.

To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Mental Health section of our blog.


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