Nothing in this world can torment us as much as our own thoughts. What we think about ourselves and our surroundings, impacts how we act. So it becomes very important to keep our thoughts in check from time to time. But what is life is not a challenge?
Mental distress is very commonly encountered these days as it has become easier to go into negative self-criticism because of the vast availability of resources on social media. Thus, it is very important to monitor one’s thoughts.
Certain signs you should look for in people around you or evaluate yourself to know if you need to take professional help regarding your mental health.
- Drastic Changes in Sleeping Patterns.
Sleep is an integral part of one’s day to day routine. It is important for an individual to get an average of 6-8 hours of sleep to function effectively. Very little or extreme duration of sleeping hours(without the presence of any ailment) is alarming. If you or someone you know is experiencing such drastic changes for a prolonged period of time, one should definitely consult a professional.
- Loss Of Appetite or Extreme Hunger
Another need of the human body is food which is a fuel of our existence. And as for machinery, too low or too much fuel can rupture its functioning, same is with food for the human body. There are multiple food-related disorders that ultimately affect us physically to a greater extent.
- Dramatic Mood Shifts(Very happy and energetic at one time to very low on energy)
Moods are generally dependent on our surroundings and the people around us but if experiencing drastic shifts in moods, from being too happy to be too sad without much of a change in the surroundings is something you should get looked upon by a professional and not take lightly.
- Social Withdrawal.
We are the ‘Social Beings’ because it is a need for us to be a part of a group or a community for security needs and to fulfill our need for belongingness. It is one of the most common symptoms among people experiencing mental health distress that they withdraw themselves from people around them because they feel they will not be understood by their peers.
It is hence very important to keep a check on your near and dear ones if they are constantly looking for reasons to avoid social gatherings and/or interactions.
- Recent Withdrawal From Engagements Which Were Enjoyed in the Past.
Another common symptom is the change in behavioral patterns. One when under psychological distress tends to lose his/her interest in their day-to-day activities or the things they used to find pleasure in doing. The change is generally gradual and such individuals are always making excuses to avoid doing them again.
- Problems With Concentrating or Remembering.
This is a very common symptom that needs to be especially analyzed amongst children to look up for signs of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Amongst adults, restlessness is a very common sign that comes along with anxiety-related disorders and memory impairment can be a sign of Alzheimer’s.
- Reduction or a rapid drop in functioning.
- Over-stimulating situation avoidance.
- Increase in sensitivity towards light, smell, sound, or touch,
- Heightened apathy. Loss of initiative towards any activity.
- Feeling disconnected from your own self and your surroundings. A sense of unreality towards surroundings and self.
- Suspiciousness towards other people and their intentions.
- Uncharacteristic or peculiar behavior.
- Unusual belief about powers of self to understand and influence what is going around you.
- Exaggerated beliefs about self.