Knowing the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses can cause significant problems in an individual’s daily life. Unfortunately, these symptoms are sometimes easy to mask, and are all too frequently written off as someone simply having a “bad day”. Learning the warning signs will help you identify when someone you love — or you yourself — needs mental health services.

Know the Signs

Though each person’s condition is unique, there are a few common signs you can watch out for that indicate the presence of a mental illness. Both adults and children may experience excessive and persistent fear, irritability, or sadness. They may demonstrate changes in behavior, such as avoiding friends, losing interest in hobbies, or having trouble sleeping. 

Faltering performance at school or work, substance abuse, or an altered appetite can also result from mental illness. Despite this, many struggle to identify changes in their thoughts and emotions without outside help. It is essential that you reach out to those who are struggling, while also performing self-evaluations to determine if you need help.

How Can You Find Help?

If you’ve determined that you or a loved one is suffering from a significant mental illness, you shouldn’t just hope that the problem will go away on its own. You must reach out to someone who can help you.

Here at OneEighty, we offer a Crisis Hotline at 330-264-9029 and/or Ohio Crisis Text Line: text 4hope to 741741 to help you or a loved one get connected with mental health services professionals. If immediate help is required, the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 serves as a valuable life-saving resource.

Mental Health Services

If you’ve determined that you need mental health services, your next step is to determine what treatment will work best for your individual situation. For some, this might involve counseling. Others may need medication. By working with