Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the affected person's personality, thought processes or social interactions.
Everyone has good days...even good years and bad years...but you should be concerned when the signs of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or bipolar disorder make it difficult to carry out the tasks of everyday life. Challenging emotions can arise in any situation, from work to relationships, and you want to act before they seriously interfere with your ability to function.
Mental Health: Signs of Depression
You determine depression by two measures. One is by the time and one is by the severity...impact on function. When you have severe symptoms that last at least two weeks and are interfering with fundamental basic functions, it falls into the realm of clinical depression.
There are many symptoms of depression, but most common among people with clinical depression.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is on the extreme end of the anxiety symptoms.
People with OCD are so anxious, they have intrusive thoughts that are irrational, and they cannot get the thoughts out of their head. Therefore, what they do is develop behaviors to cope with the anxiety. These behaviors or rituals may be so time-consuming that a person cannot get anywhere on time, and may even prevent a person from working.
A person with bipolar disorder is someone who has severe mood swings. During the depressed period, the signs of depression appear, but people with bipolar disorder also experience a manic period during which they may have much or many energy and positive feelings about themselves.
Signs of mania are:
Scary right? After reading the following above many of us can relate to some of these symptoms, whether it's close to home that involves a family member or close friend, or maybe it's you. Honestly, I too share some of these indicators.
Where do we get these behaviors?
First let me say, I am no certified clinical psychologist, doctor or mental health counselor, I only hold a Bachelor Degree in Theology & Religious Studies... but based upon experience and an objective scientific, rationale, I perceive (in my opinion) most of our behaviors are hereditary, meaning past on from our mom, dad, or one of our past ancestors.
Sometimes, it rubs off on us by and through other people, where we adopt their behaviors and habits (good or bad), or might be triggered through a past experience or trauma. Sometimes it could be the type of drugs we use or the side-effects of medication or a mixture of both. Now, from the Theologian side, some of these influences could be binding demonic spirits, but that's another study.
Whatever the case, it is very important that we have knowledge about these type behaviors (both from a scientific and spiritual perspective) as it helps us to be more empathetic towards others as well understanding. The least, we will know how to help ourselves first before helping another.
Growing up as a child I've often heard the phrase, "what you don't know can't hurt you." That was a lie! As we get older we realize that many of the old phrases were very deceptive. Trust me when I say,
"What you don't know CAN indeed hurt you."
For example: working in criminal defense sector, the phrase is often heard, "ignorance of the law is no excuse to break them..."
This article is just a small snippet of the many types of behaviors out there. Research them and learn all you need to know. It may save your life, or another's.
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