SPOTTING A PROBLEM …..
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- Becoming withdrawn.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.