How to Identify the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

While there continues to be stigma surrounding mental illness, the truth of the matter is that it can affect anyone. One in five adults suffers from mental illness, meaning that millions will require mental health services this year. While mental illness can be harder to identify or diagnose than a physical injury, there are some signs you should watch out for.

Warning Signs

While different forms of mental illness have their own distinct symptoms, there are a few common warning signs that occur in both adults and adolescents. Excessive fear or worry, long-lasting feelings of sadness, extreme mood fluctuations, and confused thinking are all common signs of a mental illness.

Mental illness can also influence a person’s behaviors. Eating and sleeping habits could change. The person may begin avoiding friends and family or stop participating in favorite activities. Mental illness can also be caused by — or contribute to — drug abuse. 

How to Get Help

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Counseling can be provided either in person or by telehealth (counseling through video chat or telephone conversation), and  Physician-provided medicine may be able to control a condition. Contact OneEighty, and our staff will help you take the next important steps on the road to recovery.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) or 911. Don’t wait — your actions could save a life.

Confronting mental illness can seem overwhelming, but please know that you are not alone. At OneEighty, we seek to provide a caring and compassionate environment to ensure successful outcomes for our mental health services (330.264.8498 OneEighty Main Office). *24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 330.264.9029/877.264.9029 (provided by The Counseling Center)