Frequently Asked Questions
What are common signs and symptoms of mental illness?
Symptoms may vary depending on the mental illness, age of individual, and/or environmental conditions, however some common signs and symptoms of mental illness may include one or more of the following:
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Homicidal thoughts
- Anger or irritability
- Posing a threat to others
- Loneliness, isolation or withdrawal
- Feelings of helplessness or despair
- Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
- Aggressive behavior
- Tearfulness or crying spells
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in personality such as person is acting like a very different person, or not acting or feeling like themselves
- Lack of self-care or engaging in risky behaviors
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time, but when there are ongoing signs and symptoms that cause stress and affect your ability to function, an evaluation with a mental health professional can help you determine what is going on and recommend a course of treatment to get you back on track. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy.
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms or other symptoms, please ask for help from your physician or a mental health provider.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency contact 911 immediately for assistance.