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How to recognize mental health problems in yourself & others

May 11th, 2021

How is everyone doing this week? I hope y’all are staying healthy and happy! I am staying busy with all things work and sneaking in a few hours of self-care in the form of relaxing from my on-the-go schedule. Last week we identified what mental health looks like and some common mental health problems. This week we will learn to recognize problems in yourself and others. By recognizing these warning signs, you are able to seek help and be on the way to better mental health sooner.

*Mental health is a pretty heavy topic, but I will do my best to keep it light and provide helpful and practical tips to maintain good mental health each week this month. Maintaining good mental health is a vital component to self-care. As someone who has struggled at times with mental health, let me warn you that this is a sensitive and sometimes difficult topic to discuss. I promise to be as transparent as possible and give you solid information, but I am not a mental health professional.

Signs of mental health issues, in most cases, are subtle and can be managed with quick action including seeking professional help. What are those signs, you ask? I will cover the most common. In adults the warning signs can be emotional, thought and behavior driven. Let’s start with the emotional driven warning signs including but not limited to unexplained feelings of sadness, extreme mood swings, excessive fears or worries, and extreme guilt. Thought driven warning signs include confused thinking, reduced ability to concentrate, detachment from reality, trouble understanding situations/others, and even suicidal thoughts. Behavior driven warning signs include withdrawal from family and friends, alcohol/drug abuse, major changes in eating habits and changes in libido.

Want to prevent the early signs and symptoms from progressing into a more serious mental health situation? Education and counseling may be components to your treatment plan. Counseling can come in many forms and from many different resources. To find the option that works best for you, you can do a google search, ask a friend, ask a pastor, or send me a message. I promise you are not the only one dealing with these problems and help is available to you.

Whether this is the first-time or you are a loyal subscriber, I am so glad you tuned in this week for my blog! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week ~ Lacey

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