Are You Depressed? 9 Signs of Mental Illness and When to Get Help

Are you depressed? Do you believe you’re displaying signs of mental illness? While the only way to know for sure is to see a mental health professional, the following list contains nine common signs of mental illness and tips for when and how to get help.

9 Signs of Mental Illness

  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Self-harming, planning to, or attempting to take one’s own life
  • Risk-taking behaviors that cause harm to self or others
  • Sudden overwhelming fear, sometimes accompanied by a racing heart, physical pain, or difficulty breathing
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality, or sleeping habits
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating or sitting still
  • Intense worries or fears that interfere with daily activity

When to Get Help

If you have never been diagnosed with a mental illness, the only way to know if you have one is to see a mental healthcare professional. If your symptoms are severe, you should dial 911 or visit the closest emergency room. Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence. Don’t be ashamed to reach out for help.

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One response to “Are You Depressed? 9 Signs of Mental Illness and When to Get Help”

  1. If you’re reading this in the UK, Mind and The Samaritans both have excellent online resources to support and provide information to people going through mental health crisis. A good post and I appreciate the careful and appropriate language used.

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