Mental illness symptoms vary depending on the particular disorder, the individual in question and many other circumstances. It’s not uncommon that two people coping with the same condition will display the same symptoms to varying degrees or different symptoms entirely. As mental health issues can affect behavior, mood, cognitive function and emotions each individual will be impacted uniquely.

There are however some common symptoms that can be early indicators of mental health issues developing but these may vary depending on the condition.

  • Feeling unhappy or melancholy
  • Confusion, disorientation or impaired judgment
  • Difficulties with memory
  • Extreme changes in mood between highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and social activities
  • Significant changes in eating habits and appetite
  • Excessive feelings of worry, fear or guilt
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusional thoughts
  • Reduced mobility or rigidity of muscles
  • Involuntary and uncontrollable muscle movement
  • Loss of control of the bladder
  • Suicidal thoughts

This is by no means an exhaustive list of symptoms but they are early warning signs that something has caused a change to an individual’s behavior or mood.

If you or a loved one is displaying signs of a metal health problem it’s important to consult your doctor who may well refer you to a mental health specialist. Whilst not all mental health conditions are treatable most are manageable with the right care and support and those affected by progressive conditions can continue to live satisfying and rewarding lives.

If your loved one is showing signs of a mental disorder it can be extremely daunting to have to try and discuss this with them. However an open and honest discussion where you express concerns is the best way to broach the subject. You can encourage them to see a professional, make appointments on their behalf and even accompany them to show your support.