Symptoms of the most common mental health issues
Anxiety — Stress, fear and anxiety in individuals are normal. We have all experienced racing hearts and tense muscles, whether just before a test, while going to a job interview or when a car skids in bad weather. It’s when anxiety begins to interfere with your everyday life — when you experience these symptoms on a nearly constant basis — that it becomes a mental health issue and you should seek help. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States.
Depression — Many people have ups and downs in their moods; once again, this is normal. However, sadness or numbness may become your primary emotion and affect your basic functioning, day-to-day activities and relationships with others. When you feel overwhelmed and in a dark place, you may be depressed. This is the time to seek help.
General Mental Health
Many of these websites will provide information about mental disorders and symptoms.
- American Psychiatric Association: www.psychiatry.org/mental-health
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/
- National Alliance of Mental Illness: www.nami.org
- Federal government mental health resources: www.mentalhealth.gov
- Suicide prevention: www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx
- PsychCentral: www.psychcentral.com
- Psychology Today: www.psychologytoday.com
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