Suffering from any form of mental health issues is ok but ignoring them is not acceptable. You might be reading this article to make yourself believe that you are not mentally ill. Maybe you are not. But what if you are? Why are you ignoring it? Just because you are afraid of being labelled as mentally ill? Ask yourself. Is mental illness a choice? The answer, for sure, is no. Then why not accept it?
Almost 47 million Americans are suffering from some form of mental health issue. You see, you are not alone. But how to know if some form of mental health issue strikes you or not? If yes, which one? Is it a temporary condition that will go away on its own, or do you need some kind of medication or therapy? Keep reading, and you will know it all.
1. Anxiety Disorder
Have you ever woken up in the morning tired and not wanting to open your eyes? Or have you been feeling obnoxious lately for no apparent reason? Look for these patterns carefully. If they persist for long, anxiety disorder is in there. Some common symptoms are:
- Losing interest in daily life routine
- Being over-worried for small things like which dress to choose or how to prepare your breakfast
- Panicking and mood triggers
- Severe heart palpitations
The anxiety disorder can be treated with the help of medications and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCD is the state of mind that involves obsession and compulsion. Do you feel like washing your hands again and again (compulsion) because you think everything around you is dirty (obsession)? Let’s have a look at some other common symptoms.
- Tick movements like continuously blinking eyes, shrugging shoulders, etc
- Unwanted feelings that don’t go away like hate for religion, wanting to harm yourself, or sexual thoughts
- Being in a state of uncertainty and so checking back on things repeatedly like whether you filled the water bottle or not, the door is locked or not, etc.
OCD requires medications and habit reversal training therapies to go away.
3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you have gone through some trauma like a sudden demise, witnessed an accident, or came out of an abusive relationship, you might develop PTSD. Some common symptoms are:
- Flashbacks or nightmares about the traumatic event
- Hopelessness and being hateful to others
- Self-destructive activities like drinking or smoking to forget that event
PTSD fades away if you have a strong will. You can talk to your support circle to get assistance in forgetting the event. If it worsens, take proper medications from your doctor.
4. Eating Disorder
Eating disorders don’t only involve excessive eating but also undereating. As the name suggests, irregularities in eating patterns are termed eating disorders if they persist longer. Some common symptoms are:
- Being over conscious about weight., hence severely restricted food choices
- Preparing separate meals to maintain weight and not eating with family
- Excessive junk eating
- Doing strict dieting and avoiding even the necessary foods
Eating disorders need severe treatment, or they may lead to death. Talk to your nutritionist and get your dietary plan.
This less common but chronic disease causes the loss of touch with the real world. You might have faced the times when you got confused about something being real or imaginary. This state is a schizophrenia state. Look at the more symptoms below:
- Most often, psychotic attacks where the victim loses control of nerves
- The present scene may seem like a mix of sounds and images during the attack
- Some patients have these attacks once in a while, and they lead an everyday life in between, while others may have frequent attacks causing trouble in leading a regular life
Schizophrenia doesn’t go away with time, but regular medications bring the person back to daily life routine.
Mental health disorders may disrupt your everyday activities. Ignoring them costs the peace of your mind. Just get yourself diagnosed and treated at the right time. And yes, be confident; illness is just a part of life, not the whole of it.