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What Are Visible Signs of Mental Health Challenges?




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Mental health is something that’s difficult to understand for someone who hasn’t experienced it because it isn’t as visible as other illnesses. However, this doesn’t take away from the realness of it and how it affects numerous people around the world every day. Unless you pay attention, it can be hard to tell when you or someone else is suffering from the many mental health illnesses out there. Some of them include schizophrenia, eating disorders or anxiety. Tackling them as early and quickly as possible is a way to stop the destruction some of these illnesses can cause. Although the signs aren’t always visible, here are some you may be able to identify. 
Substance Abuse 
It isn’t uncommon to find that people who struggle with mental health challenges turn to substance abuse. It could be as a result of trying to avoid the problem, numb themselves or make it go away. However, substance abuse often makes the situation progressively worse, so it’s best to deal with the source of the issue first and foremost. 
Signs of substance abuse are: 
  • Bloodshot eyes 
  • Drastic weight changes
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Lethargy 
For those who do notice these signs, its often a good idea to seek professional help. Look for rehab centers that accept AHCCCS so that your treatment can be appropriately paid for by insurance. A failure to do so could lead to further health challenges that are harder to overcome. 
Suicidal Thoughts 
Another visible sign of mental health challenges is suicidal thoughts. These can often occur when struggling with depression and anxiety. Another trigger for these thoughts could be life-changing events like losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or financial challenges that seem irreparable. 
Signs to look out for are: 
  • Talking openly about wanting to die 
  • Talking about self-harm 
  • Buying a gun or knife 
However, there are helplines that you can call if experiencing suicidal thoughts so that you can speak to a professional who may be able to help you get through it and trace the source of such thoughts. 
Behavourial Changes 
When someone is struggling with a change in mental health, you may notice some behavioural changes. Some of these changes include: 
  • A change in social circles 
  • Irritability 
  • Depression 
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • A change in eating habits 
Other signs to watch for are: 
  • Noticing extreme mood changes 
  • Excessive anger
  • Trouble relating with people

​Challenges Sleeping 
Getting enough sleep is recommended for good physical and mental health. The recommended amount is 7-9 hours every night, but people who struggle with mental health often end up sleeping too little or too much. It could be that you’re battling with insomnia as a result of anxiety or find that you’re sleeping too much because of depression and sadness. Seeing a health professional is best, so they can help with finding a solution.
It can be difficult when you or anybody you know is dealing with mental health challenges. However, it is possible to heal and manage such illnesses and still live a quality life. The first step is to be able to identify the illness and reach out to get the help you need.

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