People with quirky or eccentric personalities may be more interesting or fun to be around, but when their behaviors become too extreme or negatively impact their lives, there may be something else at play, including the possibility of a mental health disorder. In the U.S., about one in five adults, or almost 44 million people exhibit the occurrence of a mental illness every year.
Signs and Behaviors of Mental Health Issues
You may feel that you are unique and different, or even having a personality that is often misunderstood – when do those thoughts change over to questioning if you need to see a psychiatrist? There are certain behaviors and signs that do signal a need to see a mental health practitioner – if you recognize any of the following in yourself it does not mean you are disturbed or crazy, but rather that your life may be able to benefit from an aspect of mental health guidance and treatment.
- Difficulty coping with life on a day to day basis, having irrational fears
- Intense anxiety where every worry is “super-sized” and worst case scenario is expected
- Feeling overcome with sadness, or feeling down or hopeless on a regular basis that affects your ability to function
- Unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system
- Using a substance to cope with daily life; use of alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or other illicit activities to numb emotional pain
- Have impulsive or obvious mood swings
- Cannot shake the impact of recent or past traumatic events
- Thinking about suicide or hurting one self
- Serious anger issues, significant irritability, hostility, rage and frequent outbursts of anger
- Distorted body image along with a highly troubled relationship with food and eating
Help is a Phone Call Away
While the list above does not cover all the mental health issues or concerns a person may have, it does highlight some of the most common behaviors and signs that a comprehensive evaluation by a skilled psychiatrist may provide a diagnosis for. Mental health disorders are treatable. Call for an appointment.