What are the warning signs of a mental health disorder?
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the warning signs below, it could signal a mental health disorder. If any of these sound familiar, reach out to Your Life Iowa for free, confidential support before it goes too far.
- Long-lasting sadness, irritability or anger
- Withdrawing from social activities
- Dramatic changes in sleeping or eating
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
- Feeling excessive fear, worry or anxiety
- Confused thinking, or problems concentrating and learning
- Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
- Changes in sex drive
- Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
- Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality
- Overuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
- Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
- Thinking about suicide
- Inability to carry out daily activities, or handle daily problems and stress
- An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance
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