Mental health problems are real, painful and can be severe. They can lead to school failure, loss of friends, or family conflict. Some of the signs that may point to a possible problem are listed below.
Are you feeling
- very angry most of the time, cry a lot or overreact to things
- worthless or guilty a lot
- anxious or worried a lot more than other young people
- grief for a long time after a loss or death
- extremely fearful-have unexplained fears or more fears than most kids
- constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance
- frightened that your mind is controlled or is out of control.
Experiencing big changes, for example
- doing much worse in school
- lost interest in things you usually enjoyed
- unexplained changes in your sleeping or eating habits
- you avoid friends or family
- you are daydreaming a lot and can't get things done
- you feel life is too hard and suicide has crossed your mind
- you hear voices that cannot be explained.
You are limited by
- poor concentration; can't make decisions
- inability to sit still or focus attention
- worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something "bad"
- the need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day
- thoughts that race almost too fast to follow
- persistent nightmares.
If you would like to find out more on mental health or would like to have an informal discussion with someone visit a mental health contact.
Mental Health Warning Signs
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