Mental Illness

Depression and anxiety are two of the most diagnosed conditions today, and they are within a vast list of mental disorders that affect one’s stability. While some experience these conditions worse than others, every human being is prone to some of them at some point in their lives - especially in our overstimulated era. Mental illness can be identified by a dramatic change in one’s behavior and thoughts, which leads to an inability to stick to daily goals and routines. It may be caused environmentally, genetically, biochemically (chemical imbalances in the brain), or all aforementioned. With proper care and treatment from a mental health professional, one can learn to cope with or recover from an emotional disorder.

What are the signs?

The following are potential signs of emotional disturbance:

  • Confused thinking

  • Extremity of mood (highs and lows),

  • Excessive fears,

  • Antisocial tendencies,

  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits,

  • Delusions,

  • Hallucinations,

  • Laziness,

  • Suicidal thoughts,

  • Random physical ailments,

  • Substance abuse.

Self-diagnosis and self-medicating are not recommended. One should not jump to conclusions, especially since there are about 200 classified mental disorders and you cannot be certain which one you are experiencing. These are vast and complex conditions. You are best to consult a mental health professional.

If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center or dial 911 for an emergency operator.