Mental health is an important issue. And, often, simply learning about them can get those afflicted to recognize symptoms or find treatment. To be sure, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but these are among the most common mental health problems that people face today.
Make no mistake about it, feeling angry is sometimes normal. To some degree, people can get angry for a lot of reasons, and it isn’t typically a cause for concern. But anger can be a problem when it becomes out of your control, which will of course result in the people around you to get harmed, in one way or another.
If you often experience uncontrollable anger, and you often react to bad situations aggressively and, to some degree, violently, then this might be a cause for concern and you might want to get treatment and support. Also, directing your anger inward and practicing self-harm is another sign that your anger is of the pathological variety, for which treatment and support might be necessary.
Anxiety and Panic
Anxiety is basically the feeling of being worried or afraid about something or some event that will come to pass. It is, to a huge degree, the body’s normal response to threat and uncertainty. Especially when there’s a situation in our lives that is stressful, it’s normal to feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety.
But anxiety becomes a cause for concern when it starts to become debilitating. In other words, when anxiety reaches such a degree that it stops you from living a normal and happy life, then this could mean that you have a mental condition. Anxiety also becomes a cause for concern if you experience it regularly, in the form of a panic attack.
This is a disorder that affects one’s mood. While everyone’s moods will, to some degree, naturally vary from time to time, bipolar disorder is different. It is basically a condition that causes intense mood swings, such that one could be happy one moment and extremely sad the next, seemingly for no reason. It can, to some degree, strike unexpectedly for some people, or be a regular thing for others.
The psychological effects of these mood swings can vary, but they typically affect a sufferer’s sleep pattern, judgment, behavior, and ability to focus.
Borderline Personality Disorder
As the name suggests, it is a personality disorder. It is not easy to diagnose in individuals, but, typically, one who is afflicted with a borderline personality disorder will have a difficult time in his relationships, thinking, and behavior. Even the sense of identity can, to a huge degree, be a mess to someone with BPD.
BPD sufferers are also typically overly sensitive, can overreact to the most trivial things, and will have a difficult time calming down.
Everyone will feel down and depressed from time to time, and this isn’t typically a cause for concern. But when feelings of sadness and loss happen too frequently for no apparent reason, or if such feelings last for extended periods, affecting one’s ability to live a fruitful life, then could be a form of clinical or severe depression.
Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders
Many people, for one reason or another, experience some kind of dissociation in their lives. To dissociate means to be disconnected or divorced from the people, things, or situations around you. It is in fact among the many ways that the mind copes with stress, such as after a traumatic event. Dissociation can also be a response or a side-effect of certain drugs, like alcohol, cannabis, or some other kind of medication.
Prolonged periods of dissociation that renders one incapable of living a normal life, however, might already be a sign of a mental disorder.
Basically, if one’s relationship with food is getting in the way of how they are supposed to be living their life, then one has an eating problem.
The common misconception about eating problems is that they are solely about food. However, food is only one aspect. Typically, the sufferer uses food as a means to escape another problem that they, to some degree, find hard to face or overcome.
Hypomania or Mania
Hypomania means overactive behavior. Someone experiencing hypomania is experiencing a mood state that is elevated beyond normal. Hypomania isn’t typically a cause for concern unless it gets to the point where it starts disrupting one’s day-to-day activities.
Mania, on the other hand, is a more severe form of this that lasts for an extended period of time and significantly impacts one’s ability to function.
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