Know the Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition
Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy.
Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Avoiding friends and social activities
- Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
- An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance
- Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
Where To Get Help
Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step. For more resources, ask your primary care doctor, or check out NAMI.org.
To find out what services are available in your community, call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI (6264).
If you or someone you know needs help now, text NAMI to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Receiving A Diagnosis
Knowing warning signs can help let you know if you need to speak to a professional. For many people, getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in a treatment plan.
There’s no “one size fits all” treatment. Treatment options can include medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education.
Remember that you are not alone. For more resources and to learn more about warning signs of a mental condition, visit: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms