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What to Look For (MH)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

 

A mental illness is a health condition that causes changes in a person’s thinking, mood or behavior. It is sometimes easy to forget that our brain, like all of our other organs, is vulnerable to disease. Mental illness is a health condition just like diabetes or asthma. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer and heart disease combined. One in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and one family in four has a member who is mentally ill and who will require some type of treatment. Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health.

Anyone can have a mental health concern. It is a lot more common than most of us realize. Below are some of the most common symptoms and warning signs you might feel or see in someone else:

    • Depression
    • Withdrawal or preferring isolation from others
    • Significant increase or decrease in sleep or appetite
    • Inability to enjoy activities
    • Tearfulness
    • Feelings of hopelessness
    • Racing thoughts
    • Spending too much money
    • Nervousness or frequent anxiety
    • Inability to focus or concentrate
    • Frightening feelings of being out of control
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Destructive or high-risk behaviors
    • Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there
    • Constant feeling of being watched or that others are against you
    • Change in personal hygiene and/or appearance
    • Use of alcohol or other substances to alter one’s mood
    • Consuming large quantities of alcohol or other substances to achieve intoxication
    • Substance-related legal problems (DUIs, public intoxication, etc.)

 

Children May Show Problems in Different Ways, Such As:

    • Behavior seems to slip back to an earlier developmental phase (ie: bed wetting)
    • Reporting feeling lonely, having few friends
    • Involved in frequent fights
    • Refusing to obey parents/teachers
    • Cannot seem to sit still, having too much energy

 

Lakes Regional Can Help You:

If you, a family member or friend are experiencing these symptoms or others that concern you, we encourage you to seek help from a qualified Mental Health professional. There are solutions that work – no one needs to feel embarrassed that they might have an illness or substance use problem. We are a comprehensive outpatient Mental Health clinic staffed with trained and credentialed psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors, and social workers. Our goal is to provide the highest quality services in a respectful and caring environment focused on the needs of each client.

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Text Box: What to Look For A mental illness is a health condition that causes changes in a person’s thinking, mood or behavior. It is sometimes easy to forget that our brain, like all of our other organs, is vulnerable to disease. Mental illness is a health condition just like diabetes or asthma are health conditions. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer and heart disease combined. One in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and one family in four has a member who is mentally ill and who will require some type of treatment. Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health.

Anyone can have a mental health concern. It is a lot more common than most of us realize. Below are some of the most common symptoms and warning signs you might feel or see in someone else.

·         Depression

·         Withdrawal or preferring isolation from others

·         Significant increase or decrease in sleep or appetite

·         Inability to enjoy activities

·         Tearfulness

·         Feelings of hopelessness

·         Racing thoughts

·         Spending too much money

·         Nervousness or frequent anxiety

·         Inability to focus or concentrate

·         Frightening feelings of being out of control

·         Suicidal thoughts

·         Destructive or high-risk behaviors

·         Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there

·         Constant feeling of being watched or that others are against you

·         Change in personal hygiene and/or appearance

·         Use of alcohol or other substances to alter one’s mood.

·         Consuming large quantities of alcohol or other substances to achieve intoxication

·         Substance-related legal problems (DUIs, public intoxication, etc.)

Children may show problems in different ways, such as:

·         Behavior seems to slip back to an earlier developmental phase (ie: bed wetting)

·         Reporting feeling lonely, having few friends

·         Involved in frequent fights

·         Refusing to obey parents/teachers

·         Cannot seem to sit still, having too much energy