More often than not, a mental illness doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere. In most cases, there are small, subtle signs that occur in a person’s behavior or thinking that indicate that the support of mental health services may be necessary before a serious problem develops.
By learning to recognize these signs in yourself or others, you can take appropriate steps to intervene and get help to hopefully reduce the impact of a mental illness.
Some signs can be noticed by both the individual who needs counseling and others. For example, someone with a developing mental health issue might withdraw from their normal social activities. They may begin to perform poorly at school or work, or lose interest in hobbies. They might display other unusual behaviors, or undergo a sudden change in appetite or sleeping habits. Rapid mood shifts may also occur.
Other signs that someone should speak with a mental health services professional may only be detected by the person themselves. For example, heightened feelings of nervousness, increased sensitivity to sensory activities, or even difficulty concentrating can also be connected to a mental health problem.
When several of these symptoms occur at the same time, it is essential to seek counseling and support right away. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to prevent the problem from getting out of hand.