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Signs and Symptoms in Mental Health

Signs and symptoms of mental and behavioral health vary for each individual and their diagnosis.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety often overlap. Problems with sleep, irritability, and difficulty concentrating are typical indicators and signs. Some symtpoms of depression include loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies, feeling empty, hopeless, or pessimistic. With anxiety, it is not unusual to feel restless, on edge, dread, or panic, as well as muscle tension, a racing heart, teeth grinding, and fatigue. Call or contact us at Diversus Health to speak to our professionals to book an appointment.

Irritability is a feeling of agitation that is likely to conjure frustration and easy upsets. Causes of stress and irritability include anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, low blood sugar, respiratory disorders, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, drug use, alcoholism, nicotine withdrawal, and caffeine withdrawal. Feelings that may accompany stress and irritability include sweating, racing heart, fast breathing, confusion, and anger.

A mood swing is a common concept used to describe rapidly and intensely fluctuating emotions. Rapid mood changes can involve a roller coaster of feelings of happiness and contentment to anger, irritability, and even depression. Mood swings may refer to minor daily mood changes or to significant mood changes as seen with disorders such as major depression or bipolar depression. Other conditions with symptoms of rapid mood swings include schizophrenia, ADHD, dementia, and thyroid conditions.

Common signs of mental health issues in adults, teens, and children can include excessive worry or fear. Young children can develop mental health conditions as they are still learning to identify and talk about their thoughts and emotions. Obvious symptoms in children are typically behavioral and may include frequent nightmares, or avoidance of school or going to bed at night. To learn more, contact us at Diversus Health to connect with one of our professional providers.

An inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and slower reaction times. Poor diet can aggravate, and even lead to, stress and depression. Under stress or when depressed, people tend to eat too much or too little, which can worsen the cycle. We are here to help you overcome the struggle of changing eating habits that contribute to your mental health challenges. Contact us at Diversus Health to speak to our professionals for more information.

Social isolation may be associated with other symptoms and sign including social withdrawal, a lack of interest in daily activities, boredom, a loss of interest in personal hygiene, poor eating and nutrition habits, home environment in disrepair, keeping excessive clutter or hoarding, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, and accelerated cognitive decline. Social isolation can also result from stress, illness, chronic conditions, or aging. Contact us at Diversus Health to book an appointment.

Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include repetitive use of the drug regularly, increased dosage to get the same effects, maintaining supply of the drug or spending money on substances without being able to afford it, missing obligations and work responsibilities, stealing, driving under the influence of the substance, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using, or failing to quit when ready. Book an appointment to work with our professionals and start your recovery today.

Psychological trauma is a response to a highly stressful event, such as an accident, a natural disaster, war, or other incidents. Trauma can cause a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms that vary for each individual. Signs of trauma response include denial, anger, fear, sadness, shame, confusion, anxiety, depression, numbness, guilt, hopelessness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Physical symptoms include headaches, digestive problems, fatigue, rapid heart rate, sweating, and feeling jumpy.

About 50% to 75% of those considering suicide will signal a warning to a friend or relative. Although, not everyone will say so, and not everyone who threatens will follow through with suicide. Every threat of suicide should be taken seriously. Signs include excessive sadness or moodiness, sleep problems, withdrawal from social activities and groups, changes in personality or appearance, and a recent trauma or life crisis, as well as making preparations and dangerous or self-harmful behavior.

It is typical to notice emotional outbursts as a symptom of mental health issues, including excessive anger before, during, or after an episode. Other emotional signals include irritability, frustration, anxiety, rage, stress, feeling overwhelmed or guilty. Explosive anger involves repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, voilent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation. Road rage, domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, or other temper tantrums may be signs.

Sleep problems correlate to a number of health problems, including mental health impacts. A lack of consistent sleep is linked to risk factors developing more serious mental illness and affective disorders. Inconsistent sleep can contribute to intensified anxiety states and more complicated post-traumatic stress disorder. Poor quality sleep can increase risks related to cause of accidents, as well as hightened suicidal ideation. Contact us at Diversus Health to speak to a professional today.

Paranoia is the feeling that you are being threatened in some way, such as people watching you or acting against you, without proof. Signs and symptoms of paranoia often include defensiveness, hostility, aggression, and being easily offended. Believing you are always right and having trouble relaxing or letting your guard down. Not being able to compromise, forgive, or accept criticism, as well as not being able to trust or confide in others. Hallucinations can be related to paranoid thoughts.

Some symptoms of speech disorder include stuttering, apraxia, and dysarthria. Stress, excitement, or frustration can cause stuttering to become more severe, followed by rapid blinking, lip tremors, tension in the face and shoulders. Dysarthria occurs when damage to the brain causes muscle weakness in a person's face, lips, tongue, throat, or chest. This could cause additional symptoms like slurred speech, mumbling, speaking too slowly or too quickly, soft or quiet speech, or difficulty moving the mouth or tongue.

Thoughts about homicide may result from other illnesses such as delirium and psychosis accompanied by substance-induced psychosis, schizophrenia, or other personality disorders. Associated risk factors include a history of violence, thoughts of committing harm, poor impulse control and an inability to delay gratification, loss of reality, delusional beliefs or command hallucinations, the belief that other people wish to harm him or her, the perception of rejection or humiliation at the hands of others.

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