Mental health is becoming a big issue. Several local and international studies have shown that the incidence of mental illness is increasing.

Do almost half of the health personnel suffer from it?

In a study done by Gen Hospital Psychiatry, almost 50% of the physicians did not seek treatment. This, despite feeling that they met the criteria for a mental disorder.

Although multifactorial, the source of this reluctance appears to be closely related to licensing concerns. In addition to the stigma of mental illness within the medical community.

Signs that you need to take care of your mental health

So here are some signs that you need to take care of your mental health.

1. Feeling anxious or worried
We all worry or stress from time to time. But anxiety could be a sign of a mental health disorder if worry is constant and interferes all the time. Other symptoms of anxiety can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headache, sweating, shaking, feeling dizzy, restless, diarrhea, or a racing mind.

2. Feeling depressed or unhappy
Signs of depression include being sad or irritable for the past few weeks or more, lack of motivation and energy, losing interest in a hobby or being tearful all the time.

3. Emotional outbursts
We all have different moods, but sudden and dramatic changes in mood. Like extreme distress or anger, they can be a symptom of mental illness.

4. Sleep problems
Lasting changes in a person’s sleep patterns could be a symptom of a mental health disorder. For instance, insomnia could be a sign of anxiety or substance abuse. Sleeping too much or too little could indicate depression or a sleep disorder.

5. Changes in weight or appetite
For some people, weight fluctuation or rapid weight loss could be one of the warning signs of a mental health disorder. Like depression or an eating disorder.

6. Quiet or withdrawn
Withdrawing from life, especially if it is a major change, could indicate a mental health disorder. If a friend or loved one withdraws regularly, they may have depression, bipolar disorder, a psychotic disorder, or another mental health disorder. Refusing to participate in social activities can be a sign that they need help.

7. Substance abuse
The use of substances to cope, such as el Alcohol or drugs can be a sign of mental health problems. Substance use can also contribute to mental illness.

8. Feeling guilty or worthless
Thoughts like ‘I’m a failure’, ‘It’s my fault’ or ‘I’m worth nothing’ are possible signs of a mental health disorder, such as depression. Your friend or loved one may need help if they criticize or blame themselves frequently. When severe, a person may express a feeling of hurting or killing himself.

9. Changes in behavior or feelings.
A mental health disorder can begin as subtle changes in a person’s feelings, thinking, and behavior. Continuous and significant changes could be a sign that you have or are developing a mental health disorder. If something doesn’t seem “quite right,” it’s important to start the conversation about getting help.

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