One out of every five American citizens will experience a mental health disorder in one year. A further 50% of the world’s population is already diagnosed with a mental health condition that needs treatment. Every year these numbers are rising, and research indicates that it has everything to do with the modern way of life.
Everyone gets anxious and depressed at some point, but there are cases where those symptoms are causes of a much larger issue that needs to be addressed. These are the top warning signs that someone you know might need help.
As you age, your taste buds change. What you hated eating as a child, you love as an adult. Nowadays, people change their diets for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s to lose weight, lower cholesterol, or just feel better, some changes in appetite are good. The difference comes when those changes in appetite cause eating disorders that can become more serious over time.
Sometimes it isn’t easy to spot when someone changes their diet, but if you notice they have lost or gained a significant amount of weight in a very short time frame, then you need to investigate further. Rapid weight fluctuations are the first signs that something isn’t quite right. It could be from a stressful period, or it can be the first warning sign that someone needs help but is too scared or embarrassed to ask.
At some point or another, everyone fails at something. This is a natural part of human existence, but you need to watch out for it when it becomes part of someone’s personality. Feelings of worthlessness or remorse are normal when they are accompanied by a specific cause.
People who regularly talk themselves down and criticize their behavior are more likely to experience a deep depression. As depression progresses without intervention, it becomes more natural for that person to keep thinking and speaking negatively. When this happens, it is important to get them into an intensive outpatient mental health program to seek emergency professional care. Depression is a silent killer, and people only realize the warning signs when it is too late.
Lack of Attention Span
Yes, this could be as a result of ADHD or a form of anxiety, but it becomes a serious mental health disorder when it affects that person’s ability to make simple decisions and solve everyday solutions. Now and then you will experience brain fog where your mind just isn’t working as well as it should. For someone with a mental health disorder, this becomes more common to the point that they are unable to carry out daily activities and routines.
Signs of confusion when answering a question are also things that you should look out for. It could just indicate a lapse in judgment or memory, or it can also signify that there is something more going on beneath the surface.
Mental health disorders should never be ignored. There are many other warning signs to look out for and each person will be different; however, these three are the most common ones that can be used to help someone that is in need.
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