4 Signs of Mental Illness

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4 Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illness is becoming less stigmatized which is great news. People who would have been ashamed to get help years ago now feel more comfortable talking about. While society isn’t quite perfect yet in regards to the stigmatizing of mental illness – we’re a lot farther than we were.

With that being said, many people may still be living their lives with mental illness without even knowing it. Today we’ll be talking about the signs of mental illness. Hopefully, we can get people the help they need! There’s no shame in getting help for mental illness, and it can make for a happier and healthier life.

Personality Change

Personality changes such as being extremely quiet or withdrawn, changes in behavior that are abnormal and sudden changes and moods can all point towards mental illness. It could start out subtle, but if these changes are ongoing or become more pronounced it’s a telling sign that something is going on.

While a lot of these symptoms are considered normal on occasion such as occasionally becoming secluded or agitated due to daily stresses, the onset of these symptoms seemingly out of nowhere and often point to mental illnesses. If something doesn’t seem right, it’s important to talk to someone. That is the first step to getting the help that is needed.

Feeling Anxious

Again, occasionally feeling anxious or worried isn’t abnormal. We all get stresses in life that can bring on these symptoms, and it’s how our minds naturally react to these stresses. It’s when it starts interfering with daily life that it becomes a problem.

Anxiety can cause a slew of symptoms that can interfere with daily tasks, and even your health. For example, symptoms of anxiety can include heart palpitations, breathing problems and migraine-like symptoms. If you find yourself anxious or worried about things that are seemingly menial to other people it could point toward a mental illness.

Feeling a Constant State of Unhappiness

Many people who are fighting mental illnesses such as depression don’t even realize that they have it. Even though the feel guilty, depressed or go through long periods of self-loathing, they don’t think of it as a mental illness – they think it’s because they deserve it. However, this is not the case.

Depression is a terrible disease to have to fight, and it shouldn’t be one that has to be fought alone. If you or someone you know has lost interest in their hobbies, lacked motivation and energy or talk about being worthless or a failure, talk about it. The first step to fighting the disease is knowing that it doesn’t have to be fought alone. Help is out there.

Substance Abuse

When someone is abusing a substance, such as drinking or drugs, it could be a sign of mental illness. Many times, people start abusing these substances to ease their symptoms and fight their “demons”. Often times, they do this because they’re embarrassed to talk to a professional and would rather self-medicate.

However, this is a terrible solution. In fact, not only does this not help mental illness –it can actually make it worse. What seems like a coping mechanism for mental illness can end up becoming a major contributor which is why professional help is needed.


Mental illness is a terrible thing to have to live with. Luckily, help is out there for the people who need it. Identifying the mental illness is needed to start the journey to recovery. If you think you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness. Holy Cross can get them the help they need.

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