Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mental Health 

Mental health is as important as physical health . When  we have stomach ache or any other discomfort in our body , we consult professionals to get out of the discomfort . when we have low mood for a considerable period of time , feel irritable , agitated for a long time we hesitate to consult  a professional . we take things for granted till the situations worsens to a great level . When we see our adolescent child's behaviour has considerably changed - the school performance has deteriorated , gets easily irritated over small issues , appetite has become poor , loosing weight , sleeping or dozing in the day time yet we find parents overlook these symptoms ! We do not think of seeking help till  serious problems crop up ! reason behind this is partly our lack of knowledge  about Mental health and partly we hesitate to consult a Mental Health professional  because of the stigma in our society .

Mental Health Warning Signs !
Mental Health problems can be real , painful and severe !
Some of the signs that may point to a possible problem are listed below.
  • poor concentration; can't make decisions
  • Restlessness - inability to sit still or focus attention
  • overreact to things , irritable A persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than would be expected for the individual's stage of development
  • Excessive worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something "bad"
  • Repetitive Rituals like the need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day
  • Talking about committing suicide
  • Drastic changes in behavior
  • unexplained changes in your sleeping or eating habits.. too much apetite or poor apetite
  • you avoid friends or family... whereas liked to mix up with friends previously 
  • you are daydreaming a lot and can't get things done
  • very angry most of the time, cry a lot or overreact to things
  • worthless or guilt feeling 
  • anxious or worried a lot more than other  people
  • grief for a long time after a loss or death 
  • extremely fearful-have unexplained fears or more fears than other people
  • constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance... complaints of stomach aches , nausea , dizziness, chest pain or discomfort , feeling of choking 
  • frightened that your mind is controlled or is out of hear voices that cannot be explained... voices giving you instructions .

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health problems can help you and others to get the care they need on the right time . Here are some of the signs are mentioned that may be reason for seeking help from a Mental Health professional. 

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