I have learned to take  note of the following in someone I care for, as that person may be in mental health distress.


  • Feelings of anxiety, fear or guilt.
  • Feelings of deep sadness.
  • The inability to enjoy things he/she usually like doing
  • A lack of confidence.
  • The inability to do the things done previously.
  • Being overly irritable, angry or aggressive.
  • Lacking energy and extreme tiredness.
  • Feeling too full of energy
  • Swinging between positive and negative feelings


  • Becoming withdrawn.
  • Crying easily and frequently.
  • Suddenly doing badly at school, college or at work.
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Neglecting one’s personal appearance
  • Spending extravagant and unrealistic sums of money.


  • Talking or writing about things that don’t make sense.
  • Thinking about dying, suicide or harming himself/herself.
  • Having frequent negative or worrying thoughts.
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
  • Hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there.
  • Thinking you’re someone else (like a famous person or religious figure) or you have special powers
  • Believing without reason that someone is spying on you, plotting against you, or trying to harm you.
  • Believing you’re being harmed or controlled against your will, for example by TV.


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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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