Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness? Even though mental health conditions are very normal, most people tend to neglect the early warning signs. Instead, poor mental health is diagnosed when people suffer from constant anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
Stating the obvious, early detection of warning signs can help you stay strong and live healthily. Otherwise, the symptoms can get worse and even lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Now the question is- What are these easily missed or neglected warning signs?
Let’s find out!
Fatigue Without Any Specific Reason
The first and most missout symptom is unexplainable fatigue. Do you often feel exhausted even if you rest all day and do nothing at all? If Yes, it could be due to deteriorating mental health.
To explain it further, let’s take an example.
Suppose you are frequently experiencing some intrusive thoughts. On top of that, if you are acting upon thoughts out of compulsions, it will drain your energy.
Then, you have to be attentive at school/work and deal with your everyday tasks. All this can cause a lot of exhaustion, while you’ll still don’t understand any particular reason behind it.
So, if you are actually experiencing this, you must consult somebody, take a break and try to figure out the root cause of fatigue.
Random Physical Pain
Your mental and physical health goes hand in hand. When you are unknowingly stressed or anxious, it can cause a change in digestion, upset stomach, body aches, etc.
In fact, studies have shown that 50% of people with chronic pain also have symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therefore, it is essential that you DO NOT neglect your physical pain.
Also, no matter what, eat well to help your body get the required nutrients. In addition to this, you can also try to get real vitamins and magnesium supplements to relieve stress. Magnesium is also known for regulating serotonin levels and offsets the effects of calcium which helps in reducing pain.
Desire To Achieve Perfection
Another minor, thus commonly overlooked symptom is the constant desire to do everything perfectly. Usually, people presume perfectionism as one way to achieve life goals. However, that’s not always the case.
For instance, if a person has an anxiety disorder, they will have the constant and more frequent urge to achieve perfection in every area, i.e., school, work, appearance, weight, or even eating habits.
While it is good to work on self-improvement. It is necessary to create a balance between self-improvement and attaining perfection. Otherwise, it might also lead to obsession.
So, if you often find yourself obsessing over things that need to be done perfectly, now you know that you need to take care of yourself.
To Sum It All Up!
All these are the early signs of deteriorating mental health that many people miss out on. Understand that, even if known, the symptoms of the poor mental condition are not the same for every person. There are numerous internal factors as well as surrounding factors that shape someones’ mental health. Thus, it is of utmost crucial to pay attention to these signs and seek help.