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3 Early Warning Signs of A Mental Illness

Spot And Manage Early If You Are About To Become The Victim Of A Mental Illness

Som Dutt ☯
Psychology Simplified
6 min readJun 5, 2024


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Each year, almost 44 million Americans suffer from one or more types of mental health disorders. But most of us believe that we are physically and mentally fit. Our body is susceptible to many mental health disorders.

Most of the time start seeing some early signs of mental health disorders, but because of our busy schedules, we keep ignoring them.

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”
― Juliette Lewis

When I was a kid, my father had a motorbike. After a few years of continuous use, the bike started showing some signs that it needed repair.

My father has his washing machine repair workshop and during the peak session of his work, he used to repair at least 2–3 washing machines in a single day. For that, he has to visit from one company to another to repair them on the bike.

After months of continuous use of the bike, it started showing more signs that it needed urgent repair. But my dad had no other easy option of transport.

Therefore, he kept using the bike instead of taking it to the repair shop. He started ignoring each sign and tried to adjust to its bad performance.

Even the bike was consuming more petrol. He had a fear that if he took the bike to a repair shop, he would not know how many hours or days it would take to repair it. He did not want to lose his clients and new leads.

But one day, the bike stopped working. Then he has to take the bike urgently to the repair shop. But the saddest part was, the bike stopped working when my dad needed it the most.

“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”
― Steve Maraboli,
Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Humans are like that, we often try to ignore early signs of our mental illness until it starts hampering our cognitive performances. But in most cases, we go and meet the therapist, and consultant when those signs become worse.

Almost most of the mental health conditions can be fixed with some lifestyle changes but if we keep ignoring early signs we can make them worse and beyond our control to manage them.

In this, post, we will try to make you understand the early signs of mental health conditions so that you can sport and manage them on time.

“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”
― Jasmine Warga,
My Heart and Other Black Holes

1. Sleep Or Appetite Changes

Your body may suddenly start behaving weirdly. Your sleep pattern gets disturbed. You can start sleeping more or less. You need to put in extra effort just to get a better night’s sleep.

Due to stress and anxiety, you can stay up late. This change in sleep can show a well-organized pattern. You can also start feeling tired most of the time.

“I think the idea of a ‘mental health day’ is something completely invented by people who have no clue what it’s like to have bad mental health. the idea that your mind can be aired out in twenty-four hours is kind of like saying heart disease can be cured if you eat the right breakfast cereal. mental health days only exist for people who have the luxury of saying ‘i don’t want to deal with things today’ and then can take the whole day off, while the rest of us are stuck fighting the fights we always fight, with no one really caring one way or another, unless we choose to bring a gun to school or ruin the morning announcements with a suicide.”
― David Levithan,
Will Grayson, Will Grayson

You will drastically see a change in your eating patterns. You can start becoming fat or you can start losing weight. You may feel some changes in your hormones.

You can feel an increase or decrease in your appetite. Your snacking time and frequency will increase.

These changes are more frequent than normal and you will find that you are facing difficulties in managing and controlling them.

2. Withdrawal

You will see a sudden taste in people. Suddenly you start disliking people and human interactions. You do not want to meet your old and new friends.

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”
― John Green,
Turtles All the Way Down

You are not interested in going to college and at your work. You are forcefully pushing yourself to do your job. You are not interested in fulfilling your responsibilities.

You try to stay at home when possible. Even you have started ignoring meetings with your relatives and parents.

People find it hard to reach out to you. You are not shy or introverted but this can be a sure sign that your mental health is not ok.

“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”
― Matt Haig,
Reasons to Stay Alive

3. Problems Thinking And Drop In Functioning

You will suddenly see a change in your thinking pattern. You are not very motivated in your work. You find it hard to concentrate on work, college, and important tasks.

Your memory power will start decreasing. You often forget your things at your home or workplace. You are confused most of the time.

“About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.”
― Carl Gustav Jung

You start making terrible decisions. Your choices have not remained good at all. You can start facing negative thoughts more often.

You will stop taking care of yourself. You do not want to take a bath at any time. You are more prone to substance abuse. Maybe you will start drinking and smoking more. You start quitting participating in gym, sports, and other hobbies.

You start creating problems in the life of your partner. You may start fighting with him or her more often. You may begin disbelieving in love. You may start diverting from the promises that you have given to your partner.

“Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for its consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But…you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumor.”
― Patrick Ness,
The Rest of Us Just Live Here

You may stop caring about her or him. You still love him, but you do not want to put in the same effort as you did earlier in the relationship.

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