Fundamental Warning Signs of Mental Illness

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As a medical provider it's not always easy to identify behavioral health symptoms from your patients. Busy schedules, time constraints, and/or patients not clearly understanding or communicating their mental health symptoms are all contributing factors to why a person may not ask for help.

Signs & symptoms to watch for in your patients:

  • Reported or observed periods of long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Reports or observed extremely high and low moods
  • Reported or observed excessive fear, worry, or anxiety
  • Reported or observed social withdrawal
  • Reported or observed dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Observed decomposition of hygiene
  • Reported detachment from reality (delusions), 
  • Reported paranoia (feelings/thoughts that someone is “out to get them”, watching them, talking about them)
  • Reported or observed auditory or visual hallucinations (hearing or seeing things others do not; some individuals report seeing shadows, tracers; hearing commanding voices)
  • Reported inability or difficulty in coping with daily problems or stress
  • Reported trouble with understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Reported or observed problems with alcohol or drug use (history of substance abuse from individual and/or family)
  • Reported major changes in eating habits
  • Reported sex drive changes
  • Reported or observed excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Reported suicidal ideations or history of SI and/or attempts
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