COVID-19: Signs Of Mental Illness You Should Never Ignore

With all the unfortunate things about the pandemic that have been going around you lately, did you ever remember the last time you felt sad and anxious? Can you recall the last moment where you feel scared and off? If those emotional issues are still lingering with you, it might mean something much more profound. Thus, you must take extra effort in identifying the signs that trigger your mental illness.

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Things To Look Out For:

You might be experiencing a mental health problem when you have feelings of sadness for almost two weeks. Perhaps you can argue that all individuals feel sad, especially at times of this global health crisis. Therefore, it shouldn’t have to be an issue. One time or another, there is the possibility that you can easily shrug it off and be happy again. That is because the usual feelings of sadness get better with time. However, the abnormally intense sadness that somehow lasts for two weeks is a significant sign of depression. It should not be taken lightly when you can no longer snap out of it, and sadness affects your physical aspects.

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Other signs of having a mental condition are your unexplained mood swings. If you often feel the sudden swift on your mood and pretty much do not know why perhaps there is something wrong with your brain function. But note that positive mood swings such as joy or love are considered normal since there is a stable release of hormones. However, if you experience a dramatic mood swing that instantly affects your energy and behavior, it can be a bipolar disorder.  That is if it has nothing to do with what’s going on around in your life. Some of these uncontrolled emotions are sadness, anger, and extreme excitement or euphoria.

If your worry and anxiety about this pandemic reached the uncontrollable level, it might be a sign of anxiety disorder. It is the inability to shut off the negative thoughts you have in mind. Some other mental disorder symptoms are the inability to sleep, rising thoughts, unexplained body pains, and sudden irritation. Sometimes these signs may feel too normal.  But if you ever felt this way for at least six months, it would be better to talk to a mental health professional about your symptoms.

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In times like this, where all individuals are socially distancing themselves from others, it becomes a great way to avoid the spread of the virus. Besides, as of now, that is the only thing everyone can do to flatten the curve of the outbreak. But when you somehow lose interest with other people and always make excuses not to connect with them in any form, it can also be a sign of mental illness. When you start to withdraw yourself from other people or embrace the idea of isolation, it can mean either you are dealing with depression, social anxiety, or psychotic disorder.

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Another sign of mental illness is the difficulty of dealing with typical situations in life. Understandably, it is very challenging to deal with things right now due to the global health crisis. There is too much uncertainty that you can’t get enough. However, when you continuously experience being stuck in an awful situation all the time, and you can’t seem to do anything, one that hurts your ability to function. It can be a sign of depression or anxiety. It shows that what you are experiencing is more than just a rough patch that makes you unable to sustain mental, emotional, and even physical stability. If you can identify these symptoms, please seek professional advice.