Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illness is not the same as feeling sad, unhappy or stressed. It refers to a state that causes intense distress and that affects a person’s ability to function over a long period of time. Mental illness does not show up overnight. There are warning signs that you should be aware of because they can be a sign that either you or someone you care about may be developing a mental illness.

Warning Signs of Mental Illness
  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or down
  • Extreme mood swings, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria alternating with periods of feeling down and depressed
  • Change in sleep patterns, frequent complaints of feeling tired, feeling restless
  • Experiencing many or frequent physical symptoms, ie: headaches, fatigue, stomach aches, etc
  • Yelling and fighting with family and friends
  • Withdrawal and avoiding friends and social activities
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Strong feelings of anger or irritability
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Excessive smoking, drinking, or using drugs
  • Thinking of harming yourself or someone else
  • Having persistent thoughts or memories that can’t get out of your head
  • Excessive thoughts about weight gain, food consumption, or body image/ self-esteem tied to appearance