Mental Illness Warning Signs

Mental disorders are common and widespread among many different types of people. Mental Health America estimates 54 million Americans have some sort of mental disorder every year. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, remember there are lots of resources to help.

What is mental illness?
Mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought or behavior. There are over 200 mental diseases and one in 5 adults experiences a mental condition each year. Many of these illnesses make it difficult to function each day.

What causes mental illness?
There are multiple factors that can influence mental health including genetics, environment and lifestyle. Stress at work or home can make people more likely to develop mental health issues as well as trauma. Drug and alcohol use can also impact mental health.

What are the signs to look for?

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Excessive fears and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping
  • Strong anger
  • Extreme highs and lows
  • Strange thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance use

    For more info and help with mental illness, visit: Mental Health America.

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