Top Signs of declining your mental health

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Top Signs of declining your mental health

Sure, everyone has a bad day, strange thoughts or strong surges of emotion. Of course, that doesn’t have to mean anything at all. But what if the mood has been imbalanced for a long time or you hardly recognize yourself and your behavior or that of a person close to you? Maybe they are signs that someone is not doing so well mentally and it would be better to take a closer look at the matter and not ignore it.

You should know these warning signs:

1. Sleep problems
Do you toss and turn at night and can’t close your eyes? Are your thoughts circling and you would just like to switch off? Our sleep is closely related to our (mental) health – so it can help to improve it, or it can be a sign that things aren’t going so well mentally. For example, if you just can’t fall asleep even though you’re really really tired.

2. Appetite changes
Have you been struggling to eat a bite for a while, or could you scoop up anything that gets in your way? Changes in appetite can also be an indication of psychological shifts and should be taken seriously.

3. Not in the mood for anything
If you can’t find the energy or enthusiasm for the things you usually enjoy and are regularly canceling plans, take this as a possible red flag.

Of course, it is important to know your limitations and capacities. These symptoms often only last a few days and then go away on their own. However, if this is not the case, it makes sense to take action sooner rather than later and talk to someone about it.

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4. The sex drive decreases
Especially in the case of depressive moods, the lack of interest in everyday life can also extend to the bedroom. If you’ve been feeling too exhausted for sex for a while, or suddenly feel terribly unattractive, or don’t want to feel your partner touching you, that could also be a reason to take a closer look.

On the contrary, it can also happen that you experience a sharp increase in sex drive and suddenly you can’t get enough (possible sign of a manic episode). Changes in either direction can be a sign of mental illness and should not be ignored.

5. Emotional Sensitivity
If you’re usually not upset by anything, but recently you’ve found yourself crying over little things or constantly on the verge of losing your temper, this could also be a sign of deteriorating mental health.

Keep monitoring your mood and don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your thoughts and feelings.

6. You feel like a burden
Depressed thoughts tell us that we are a burden and should just quietly get out of everyone’s lives. Maybe you cancel more and more plans and retreat into self-imposed exile. It’s more important than ever to surround yourself with understanding people, especially when you’re feeling mentally unwell.

“People who support us and listen carefully are very important,” explains Dr. Kousoulis. But it’s just as important for loved ones to find a balance between the help they can offer and knowing their limitations when someone needs immediate professional help.

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