Spotting the Warning Signs
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Recognizing the symptoms of mental illness can be challenging. There are more than a dozen different types of mental illness, many of them connected. And the typical warning signs might not be related to mental illness at all but to other factors like family or financial problems or work conflicts and challenges.

If you’re not a medical health professional, don’t try to diagnose, intervene, or confront without getting professional advice first.
Below is a collection of observations made by both mental health professionals and people suffering from various types of mental illness that could be possible signs or indicators:
  • Sad for prolonged periods, or most or all of the time, without any other obvious cause.
  • Lack of interest in anything.
  • Lack of engagement, at work or socially, and appearing constantly withdrawn.
  • Absent or late often, or leaves early often.
  • Poor performance, missed deadlines.
  • Lack of motivation.
  • Anxious, empty, moody.
  • Contributes little.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Always seems negative, doom and gloom in everything, hypercritical.
  • Lacking in self-confidence, critical of themselves, self-worth and esteem issues.
  • Fatigued, lacks energy, constantly napping.
  • Poor judgement.
  • Poor impulse control.
  • Talks about pointlessness, death, suicide.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Disengagement from family and co-workers.
  • Irritable, angry, changes in confidence.