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Mental disorders are much more common than most people think.  Most people are not prepared to handle learning that they or their loved one has a mental illness.  Empowering yourself with the knowledge to identify behaviors and thoughts that can indicate you or someone's mental health is suffering can make all the difference. Mental health professionals are available to help.  You can also visit our in-person or online support groups to seek help if you are not ready to talk to a professional.  Remember there is help available. 

Warning Signs and Symptoms

Pay attention to sudden changes in thoughts and behaviors. Also keep in mind that the onset of several of the symptoms below, and not just any one change, indicates a problem that should be assessed. The symptoms below should not be due to recent substance use or another medical condition.

Do you recognize any of these symptoms?

  • Change in energy level and sleep patterns

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

  • Noticeable restlessness or irritability

  • Change in appetite, eating habits or weight

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Consider leveraging an online screening tool.  Here are links to a few:

To learn more about symptoms that are related to specific mental illnesses, please view our mental health conditions page or view an exhaustive list here.

If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately.  Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance.

All information is sourced via Mental Health America Website.


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