What’s an obvious sign that someone is struggling with mental health?

What’s an obvious sign that someone is struggling with mental health?

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  1. withdrawing socially, losing interest in stuff they used to like, poor hygiene, weight loss or weight gain, insomnia or oversleeping, if they seem sort of “slowed” like they’re in a fog

  2. I’m assuming you’re looking for subtler signs than someone being completely out of touch with reality.

    Sleeping way too much or too little, showing little to no interest in things they used to enjoy, always making excuses to avoid social situations, overwhelming appetite/ lack of appetite, making and canceling plans, sudden swings in personality – just one of these things on its own isn’t really a concern but when you put a few together, it can definitely be an indicator of underlying issues.

  3. Try to watch them at a party, or any social event. If they’re smiling and laughing with people but then as soon as the person thinks they’re not being observed, they go from looking happy (smiling and laughing), to looking like they’re at a funeral, that’s a pretty good sign. It’s called masking.

  4. Disorientation in both time (what day/date/time it is) and space (where are we/where belong things), being in an irrationally good or bad mood considering circumstances, suddenly making groundbreaking decisions lightheartedly (buy a new car, quit relationships, etc.) while this is not a typical character trait.

    Those are signs for manic-depressive people sliding into a manic episode.

    For the other way around, it’s lack of Initiative, unwillingness/lack of power to make decisions, not getting out of bed for like ever, questioning anything that’s been good before up to being so critical that suicidal thoughts may occur is the depressive side of it.

    But since mental health is a very broad topic, this will of course vary widely from illness to illness and from person to person.

  5. erratic and uncoordinated, looking down a lot or at nothing, always tries to talk about irrelevant things in convos, appear too uptight and withdrawn.

  6. When I was ‘functioning’ but having mental health issues, my tell was that I often ran out of gas – literally: I can’t tell you how many times I emptied my car’s tank to the point that I had to walk to a gas station to get gas. I also caused that car’s engine to seize because I didn’t get the oil changed.

    Why? Because the thought of stopping at a gas station or going to a mechanic to get my car taken care of was too much for me to handle. I could talk to coworkers; I talked to friends if they called me. But talking to a stranger? Nope. (This was in New Jersey, where a station attendant had to pump your gas for you, so every tank of gas meant interacting with someone.)

    Is that obvious? Maybe. I suppose that inability to interact with others can manifest in other ways: not going out to buy their groceries, not getting a hair cut, not seeing medical professionals about their health.

  7. If they seem lazy to an ok point, they’re lazy. If they’re lazy to the point of not eating, not wanting to get out of bed or do everyday tasks everyone does like take a shower or talk, there’s a problem

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