When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important for them to know they're not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting their loved one seek treatment. Sometimes it can hard to tell if someone is just going through a difficult time or there is a more concerning or life-threatening issue at hand. Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
Inability to Perform Daily Tasks
Inability to perform daily tasks such as bathing, getting dressed, etc. Missing work, missing school, cancelling activities that are usually enjoyable. Concentration issues, or difficulties with time management. Difficulties following through with tasks.
Paranoia, hearing or seeing things that aren't there. Strange beliefs, being defensive, hostile, and aggressive. Hallucinations or delusions.
Stress and Anxiety
Excessive worry, avoiding conflict and stressful situations. Unexplained fears, fears of social situations and panic attacks.
Isolation and over-sleeping, mood swings, and/or angry outbursts. Sudden highs or lows. Yelling or fighting with family, partner, or friends. Sudden fits of crying, emotional over or under reactions. Sleep disturbances or insomnia.
Physical issues that aren't explained by other rationale. Unexplained aches and pains, nightmares, hyperarousal (being jumpy). Trembling or shaking. Stomach aches or gastrointestinal issues. Chronic Migraines or headaches. Memory problems.
Change in Appearance
Weight loss or weight gain, hygiene issues, issues related to food. Cutting or self-harm.