How to recognize the signs of mental disorders; psychiatrist offers advice | Health
Recognizing mental illnesses is not easy because they can manifest differently in different people and even people diagnosed with the same mental disorder can experience an entirely different set of symptoms. Some people function more normally while others may not be able to perform even their daily activities properly. But there are some common symptoms people should look out for when it comes to identifying signs of mental health issues. (Also read: Top Mental Health Disorders That Often Go Undiagnosed)
“Mental disorders can be incredibly complex and unique. They often manifest in different ways in different people. If you are struggling with a mental disorder, it is important to understand that you are not alone. There are millions other people who are struggling with the same. You can get help and support by contacting a therapist or a counselor,” says Dr. Chandni Tugnait is MD (Alternative Medicine), Psychotherapist, Life Coach , business coach, NLP expert, healer, founder and director – Passerelle de la Guérison.
Why not everyone has the same symptoms
While some people may show outward signs of mental distress, others may appear to be functioning normally. This can make it difficult to identify mental disorders.
Dr. Tugnait says there are common ways mental disorders can manifest.
– People with depression may withdraw from social activities, have trouble sleeping, or lose interest in things they used to enjoy.
– People with anxiety may have difficulty concentrating, may feel restless or agitated, and experience physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat or sweating.
– Some people may experience a change in their mood or energy level, while others may have difficulty concentrating or sleeping.
– Some may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, while others may become more withdrawn or isolate themselves from others.
– However, others can act in a way that does not resemble them.
Mental disorders can affect our daily functioning, our relationships, our work, or our handling of the most basic tasks. But some people with mental disorders can lead relatively normal lives, but others find that their disorder prevents them from functioning on a day-to-day basis.
“No matter how severe the disorder, mental disorders can negatively affect a person’s physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life,” says Dr. Tugnait.
The psychiatrist says there is a need to break down the stigma associated with mental disorders by trying to be more aware of them.
“There is no shame in getting help for a mental illness and it can make all the difference in quality of life. If you are showing symptoms of a mental disorder, please seek help. Getting treatment can make all the difference. It can help you feel better and live a fuller, happier life. If you know someone who needs help, support them in any way you can. Only by cultivating empathy can we hope to create a world that is more inclusive and supportive of people with mental disorders,” Dr. Tugnait concludes.
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