Signs of mental health problems – What are the behavioral changes that fall under this category? What would you see as the symptoms of someone’s mental illness?

Hi everyone, welcome back to my place. Here we talk about all things Lifestyle and Wellness. I hope 2021 is treating you well so far.

I have talked about a few important topics related to mental wellness here. This includes maintaining mental wellbeing, the importance of language in mental health conversations, the impact of anxiety on our skin and hair among them all. 

Today, I thought of talking about the stages where it begins. Or, to put it more clearly – what are the symptoms and signs of mental health problems? 

I have said it before, I’d say it again – Mental health is individual.

With regards to the above statement – the signs and symptoms cannot be totally categorized for it. As per the feeling and situation of the person – the symptoms and signs of mental health problems vary and depend from person to person.

WHO recently shared that India has a long way to go in concern to mental health. It lacks a mental workforce with a huge shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists.

Some global statistics say that 1 in every 6 Americans between the age of 6-17 has experienced a mental health condition. 

Mental health statistics in the UK states that 1 in every 6 people experiences a common mental health problem. 

Even though the signs of mental health issues are recognizable, they are unique to every person. However, these signs don’t occur in a single change. It is usually a combination of different signs that helps to diagnose a mental health concern.


1. Signs of mental health problem – Anxiety

Anxiety is a lot more common as a sign of life today. Each of us suffers from it from time to time. The level of anxiety surely varies for every individual. But, it isn’t something to hide or ignore. Feeling anxious about circumstances and other people’s judgement about us is completely normal.

But sometimes people don’t need solutions, they need someone to hear them. So, the next time you find someone in the same place – just be an ear to them. That’s all.   

2. Feeling depressed and unhappy

Have you ever had a friend suddenly cornering themselves and losing interest in things they once loved? When they are sad for no reason when they find their surroundings irritable all the time. They begin to lose motivation and all they want is to be alone. No energy to do anything and no excitement about life as it used to, tired all the time. 

These are some early signs of depression. What one can do for someone going through it is to be there for them and seek professional help. 

3. Sleeping problems

Not sleeping at all or oversleeping – they can be signs of mental health problems as well. It is important to recognize the sleeping pattern of a person to understand their state of mental health. There are a lot of people who suffer from insomnia or sleep way too much than the advised time span of 7-9 hours.

While insomnia can be an indicator of anxiety, sleeping too much or too little may point towards depression or sleeping disorder.

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4. Substance Abuse

A person drinking too much or turning into alcohol or drugs to cope up with their emotions and feelings – this can be a sincere sign of mental health issue.

Instead of taking the person out of their difficult phase, these rathe contribute and add up to the mental health problems of the individual. 

5. Signs of mental health problems – Quite or withdrawn

What may come across as some minor change in the behavior can relatively contribute to the depressive thoughts of the sufferer. These thoughts propagate the person to stay alone. They feel like there’s no one for them. No one to trust, no one to speak to, and above all no one to rely on.  

The urge to stay alone and withdraw oneself from one’s family and friends goes stronger day by day.

6. Feeling guilty or worthless

A person tries something. They fail. They move on. However, it becomes a sign of mental health problems when the person holds on to the failure. It is a sign of depression when one clings to the failures and concludes it with thoughts like “I’m a failure”, “I’m worthless” or “I’m good for nothing”, etc.

They need help if they are regularly blaming or criticizing themselves. This can even go to the extend of suicidal thoughts.   

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7. Having suicidal thoughts

The feeling of failure and worthlessness can instigate a person to end their life. Failure is a part of life. But sometimes, the reaction of others to our failure can bring people to question their whole existence.

It can lead them on the verge of ending their life. The feeling of seeing oneself as worthless can be suicidal and it needs urgent help.

8. Extreme mood changes

Moods are meant to change. They are never constant. All of us have different moods for different situations. Our reactions to situations can differ as well. But, quick, sudden or dramatic changes in mood can be a sign of mental health problems.

Emotional outbursts, extreme reactions to petty things, or frequent aggressive reactions to situations are some of the indicators as well. 

9. Signs of mental health issues – Difficulty to concentrate

Another important sign of mental health problems is lack of concentration. Coping with stress and not being able to work consistently often is a result of mental health illness. Hence, it is a matter of concern.  

We are heavily surrounded by technology. Therefore, distractions are somewhat meant to happen. But, when if it goes out of self-control and focusing on things seems like a giant mountain, it surely shouldn’t be ignored. 



Symptoms and signs of mental health problems are usually in front of us. We do see our family members or friends struggling with them. But, due to less awareness about them, we tend to ignore them.

It all comes down to becoming more aware and eradicating the stigma around mental health. The sufferer doesn’t share it easily due to the fear of judgement. It is you and me and us – together- who has to work on it every day with small steps.

I believe I am doing my part by writing about it. Hence I’d like to know, what are you doing or what do you think you can do to bring a change in mental health conversations?

Do share your answers in the comments below. I’d love to read your views. Feel free to drop your websites or businesses if needed. More the people know about it, the more we get closer to the eradication of this stigma and understanding the signs of mental health problems.

You can reach out to me on my Instagram or LinkedIn to connect. I shall see you next week, with a new topic.










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