It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness so you have some idea of how to deal with it for yourself or even for others. You are able to give advice to other people who are dealing with these illnesses as well. Some of those signs may include:

  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Thinking about suicide

Mental health can also develop in young children which can be even more dangerous. Knowing the signs can help for you to understand what they are going through and how to take control of some situations. Some signs and symptoms could include:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Excessive worry or anxiety

This article includes information from NAMI and Forbes.com. 

I hope you can learn something as you read about mental health and take in some consideration for the people that are dealing with it.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes.