In today’s new age and fast-paced life, we suffer from many illnesses that are caused by external factors. Personally, and professionally, we all suffer from stress. Stress is a very underrated issue that needs to be taken more seriously. Stress leads to many illnesses, mental and physical, one of which is mental health.
Mental health is a condition that affects all ages and in all phases of life. Many factors have been thoroughly researched as to what leads to mental health. The factors include low self-esteem, psychological trauma, no self-confidence, and, most of all, failures in life. To be tackled, people need to realize that they are depressed or going through mental disturbances.
We go through life behaving as we want, when we want, without actually introspecting ours. If we did, we would be more aware of what mental changes we are going through. It is also not just about us. It is about the people around us. They may be suffering from acute mental health, and they may not know it, neither do their families. In such cases, the person gets worse, which drastically changes his/her life for the worse.
As an average person, how do we realize or identify that someone or self is depressed? We have to know the tell-tale signs or symptoms as we call it medically, to understand it. Let us look at some of the symptoms that show that a person may be suffering from mental health.
Symptoms of mental health and why it is imperial to identify
Let us look at some of the commonly observed areas of our life that get affected when we are not at an optimum level of mental health.
A person may suffer from varying mood swings during the day. It is almost as if your mind and mood are not in your control. You may get highly irritated with something that usually would not be that big a deal. Along with irritancies, anger, aggressiveness, panic, anxiousness, and restlessness also are some moods that you can look out for behavioral changes are best identified by the people around you; like family and friends.
We have a string of tasks that we have to achieve during the day from the time we get up. What happens when you can’t focus on a single one and get it completed? Inability to concentrate and complete a task, doing it incorrectly without realizing and zoning out suddenly during conversations shows signs of being depressed.
Sleep is an essential activity that the body needs for it to rejuvenate and heal. People with mental health suffer from a lack of sleep or excess of it. They can’t sleep through the night and awake at intervals. They tend to either wake too early or sleep way too much.
The symptoms we discussed are all mental health-related. Mental health symptoms are not always mental but also physical. Some of the physical symptoms include increased fatigue and loss of social engagements. People also suffer from backaches, headaches, or sore bodies, which is not related to physical problems, but mental instability is reflected in the body. Some may also have changes in weight and appetite. Either you are gaining weight because you are eating in a haywire way and eating wrong or losing weight because you have a loss of appetite. Not just this, you may experience discomfort in your abdomen or have digestive issues, which are all mental health-related.
Therapy or counseling
Therapy or counseling is one of the most excellent methods to fight off mental health. Go to a certified professional for sessions that include speaking to them at length about your issues. They may recommend some exercises to do in your daily life and change the way you currently handle things. In some severe cases, they may suggest hypnosis if they are not able to put their finger on the cause of your acute mental health.
Therapists have a way of changing negative and demotivating thought patterns and enable you to work through them. Use of powerful tools like meditation and yoga help you seek your inner peace and calm you down.
Mental health, although dangerous, is a curable condition. It needs constant follow up and adhering to remedies as suggested by a physician. Mental health remedies include treatments that are based on how severe your mental health is.
Aside from all of this, seeking help and taking your near and dear ones into confidence is the first step to getting better. People around you help you work through your problems, and once they know why your behavior has changed, they act as enablers to correct it.
The way to be mental health free is first to identify it, admit it, and then fight it!