Mental Health Warning Signs

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Mental Health Disorder


Many people who struggle with diagnosable mental health disorders may not recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition. There can be several things that individually may not be indicative of a particular disorder, but when taken into context with other signs and symptoms may be cause for concern.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), common signs of mental illness include:

  • Excessive feelings of sadness
  • Extreme worrying
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Uncontrollable mood changes (often described as extreme “highs” (euphoria) and “lows”)
  • Social isolation
  • Insomnia
  • Drug or alcohol use disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unexplained illnesses

If you or a loved one experience one or more of these symptoms, you need to seek treatment. Left untreated mental health conditions can be made worse and lead to problems at work, in school, and with relationships.

Mental Health in Adolescents

It may surprise many people, but mental health conditions often start at a very early age. Signs and symptoms of a diagnosable mental health disorder may be apparent well before adulthood. If your child is exhibiting concerning symptoms or has a sudden change in their behavior or school performance, you should consult with a medical professional.

Seeking Treatment

Seeking treatment for mental health conditions has never been easier. There are now more options than ever. Treatment may include several steps including drug and alcohol monitoring, individual and group counseling, and other tools to help you manage the condition. It is important to seek treatment early and to continue treatment until released by a professional.