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  • Nilofar Vora

Common behaviors associated with mental illness


People often experience problems with their mental health. However, a mental health issue can convert into a mental disease when symptoms make you stressed and prevent you from performing daily tasks. By becoming aware of the early warning signals and acting accordingly, rapid treatment can be ensured. Early intervention can lessen the severity of disease and the disruption of basic functioning and quality of life.


Key behavioral changes include-

  1. Sleep or appetite changes – Dramatic changes in hunger and sleep, or a deterioration in personal hygiene, are examples of key behavioral changes.

  2. Sudden swings in mood, feeling sad or irritated easily.

  3. Recent social retreats and a loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities are examples of withdrawal.

  4. Drop in functioning – A sudden decline in functioning at work, school, or in social situations, such as quitting a sport, receiving a poor grade, or having trouble doing routine chores.

  5. Thinking issues – Difficult to explain issues with focus, memory, logical thought, and speech.

  6. Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, scents, or touches; avoidance of circumstances that are too stimulating.

  7. Apathy is the absence of initiative or motivation to engage in any action.

  8. Feeling detached — A general sense of being cut off from one's surroundings or oneself.

  9. Illogical thinking: Extraordinary or irrational notions of one's capacity for perceiving hidden truths or controlling the course of events; the "magical" or illogical thinking that characterizes childhood in an adult.

  10. Fear of others, suspicion of others, or a very uneasy sensation.

  11. Odd, untypical, or unique behavior is referred to as unusual behavior.

  12. Changes at school or at work include rising absenteeism, declining performance, and difficulties forming close bonds with classmates and coworkers.

  13. Suicidal thoughts: Requires quick intervention from a medical professional.


How to Find Help

Don't be reluctant to ask for assistance if you or someone you know needs it. Finding out as much as you can about mental health is a crucial first step. Discuss in an honest and direct manner if anyone exhibits symptoms of mental illness.

Visit a mental health professional or your primary care physician. A healthcare professional can assist in creating a treatment plan after diagnosis, which may involve medication, therapy, or other lifestyle modifications.

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