Mental Illness: Signs and Symptom


Diseases hit everyone; it is hard to understand why certain things happen. But when it hits you or someone you care about all you can do is stay strong and fight the disease.  Most of us think that mental illness is sporadic and it is something which happens to someone else but, psychological sickness is one of the most common and widespread disorders in the world. It might be difficult to cope when you learn that one of your loved ones mat have a mental disorder, so if you are in a similar position just remember to stand firm and face whatever that is to come.

What do we mean by Mental Illness?

Mental Illness is a disorder which causes disturbance to a person’s thoughts and behavior thus making that person unable to cope up with his/her regular life. There are many forms of mental illness; some of them are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Illness like Bipolar and Schizophrenia may occur out of the blue, and there is no particular reason why it affects an individual. It is always better to spot the symptoms of such illness and take the necessary actions as early as possible.

Mental illness

Mental illness is caused due to various reasons; it may be due to depression, environmental stress, biochemical imbalance in the body, genetic factors, etc. Mental illness is not something which is incurable, but you need to spot the symptoms and give proper treatment when the time is right.

Signs and Symptoms:

It is quite essential to pay attention to the sudden behavioral change of an individual. Learning about these warning signs and taking action at the earliest intervention can reduce the severity of the illness.

The following are some of the symptoms:

  • Recent Social withdrawal: If an individual has been a friendly and jovial person and suddenly losses his/her interest in others, it may be because that person is under depression. The social withdrawal may be due to a stressful event which happened recently to the individual, and it must have affected them in various ways.
  • Unusual dropouts in activities: The individual may drop out of school/college/work or have difficulty in doing something they have been doing all this while.
  • Memory Loss: There might be problems with concentrating and logical thinking or memory.
  • Nervousness: There might be a nervous feeling when the individual does any activity. Sometimes, they may also fear that someone is spying on them or feel suspicious about everything that is happening around them.
  • Mood Swings: The Person might be happy sometimes but suddenly become sad and depressed.
  • Hallucinations: The individuals feel as if they are seeing or hearing something which is not there and has suicidal thoughts.
  • Obsession: Wanting to do something continuously even if they had just completed that particular activity.

If you happen to know anyone with these symptoms, you must not panic and at the same time not deny the warning signs. You may be troubled of what others may think, but you need to accept the situation and seek a professional help as soon as possible.


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