AUTHOR: AVLEEN KAUR
Identifying a problem is coming half way to solving it and to identify it you need to read the signs. Whenever we talk about any disease, the first thing your doctor asks you is ‘what is going on?’ or ‘how do you feel?’. He links and thus forms a list of possible diseases you may be suffering from, the culprit is spotted once after a few tests are done to eliminate the rest.
Often we all fail to solve the problem because we self diagnose it which 90% of the time a misdiagnosis but we choose to stick to it anyway because we are scared to get professional help. This can turn things for the worse whether is a physical or a mental illness.
With all said and done, what this article does is help you realise you may have a problem if things are not as they ‘normal’. This article will help you understand that it’s okay to ask for professional help if you feel you may be going through some of the symptoms that are listed and taking professional help for them is the right way to deal with them.
Symptoms of mental illness consists mainly of subjective symptoms and behavioura
l symptoms that are observed by others. Some of the basic subjective symptoms that can occur when you are suffering from lifestyle related mental illnesses like depression or stress is that feeling low, constant feeling of guilt, worrying about insignificant things, sleepless nights, panic attacks and a low self esteem. These may be just a days affair or may be prolonged, ranging from months to years.
Panic attacks, loneliness, losing interest in your hobbies, feeling overwhelmed or completely disconnected, over or under eating because of obsessions or under stress situation. Mind you, the obsessions are severe as they may have a drastic effect on the health which becomes an objective symptom, like being under or over weight.
All the subjective symptoms if evident to you and you know there may or may not be an apparent reason to feel that way you need to seek professional help before they become severe. When it comes to severe mental illnesses, these internal symptoms are at the extremes. You may experience an extreme happy and then a rock bottom low all in the same day.
Some of the more severe symptoms of mental illness involve hallucinations, episodes of insomnia, confusion, difficulty in maintaining relationships and being extremely aggressive or possessive about things and people. Objective symptoms of mental illness come into play in such cases, because here the people around the sufferer notice more swaying behaviour than the person actually doing them.
The sufferers in some cases may even forget their own identity and become someone else. They might tell stories that aren’t real but are very real for them. Schizophernia, disassociative identity disorder, bipolar disorder are some of the mental illness which show the above Symptoms of mental illness
Convincing the ones with severe illness can be hard, but if we show compassion and patience we can help them. A Solicitude approach is what is required in each case whether its sickness is acute or not. A low self esteem and feelings of shame can act as an obstruction towards you taking professional help, so be emapthetic for yourself too.
For those who are deeply involved with the patients, they too are requested to take up professional help as constant negativity can impact your mental health too, so take a few breaks and reinforce your positive thoughts as well. You must not ignore these symptoms of mental illness!