There are many aspects of mental illness, though we like to focus on the “positive” factors of mental illness sometimes, there are outcomes that negatively effect everyone who suffers from a mental illness. There are common symptoms, but this post will focus on symptoms one may not automatically think of when thinking about mental illness.
First, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be very emotional. They lash out in anger and they tend to cry a lot. To someone who isn’t suffering it may seem like they are crying over nothing, but to them it is a load of stress and anxiety that has built up and being released when they cry.
Secondly, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be forgetful. From keys, to appointments that have been scheduled for months. People who are suffering from a mental illness forget many things, many individuals write tasks down and depend on lists to remember things to do.
Third, people who suffer from mental illnesses show a significant amount of guilt. From feeling guilty for letting friends and family down, to being guilty for not being enough, the reasons of guilt are endless.
Fourth, many people who suffer from mental illnesses tend to show a decrease in their personal hygiene levels. People who are dealing with anxiety and depression can barely scrape up the motivation to get out of bed, much less getting themselves ready. Many individuals who suffer from mental illnesses tend to not shower for a few days in a row and often women will go without makeup.
If you or someone you know is showing any of these symptoms, be sure to offer a helping hand and encourage talking to a professional.
Keep On, Keeping On.
Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18
Case Management Intern
Destination Greatness, PLLC
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