'ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH'
SIGNS OF 'ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH'
TO LOOK OUT FOR
'Adverse Mental Health' Symptoms and Illnesses.
Experiencing ‘adverse mental health’ problems are common, so it is important to remember that you are not alone and there are many strategies and organisations that can help you.
Asking for help is good, as it opens the space for support, communication and connection with others. People with ‘adverse mental health’ problems can get better, and many recover from the adverse effects of these symptoms and conditions completely. (*10)
WHAT CAN TRIGGER ‘ADVERSE MENTAL HEALTH’?
There are many factors that can contribute to ‘adverse mental health’ problems including but not limited to: biological factors (genes or brain chemistry), family history of ‘adverse mental health’, negative life experiences such as abuse or trauma, circumstances beyond one’s control such as economic volatility or a health pandemic, which greatly increases stress and anxiety in humans, and the general feeling of ‘loss of control’. Over the course of one’s life, triggers to ‘adverse mental health’ may happen from childhood and adolescence, through to adulthood. On that basis, being aware of what ‘adverse mental health’ is and what to do to treat the symptoms quickly and effectively is crucial to stop the ‘adverse mental health’ developing into something more severe.
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Looking out for the signs of ‘adverse mental health’ is important, to manage the symptoms as quickly as possible and work on strategies that cultivate ‘positive mental health’. Early warning signs may include feelings or behaviours from the list below:
Experiencing low or no energy.
Over-eating or not eating at all.
Over-sleeping or sleeping too little.
Withdrawing from people and activities.
Feeling no interest and numb towards things.
Feeling helpless or hopeless.
Feeling confused, forgetful, angry, worried or scared, more than usual.
Frequently yelling or fighting with family and friends.
Using substances like smoking, drinking or drugs to escape.
Experiencing severe mood swings.
Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head.
Struggling to perform normal daily tasks.
Having thoughts of harming yourself or others.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these early signs of ‘adverse mental health’ please ASK FOR HELP. The sooner you get the support you need and begin working on strategies to develop mental strength, resilience, confidence and ‘positive mental health’, the better it is for you and those around you.