Worried about someone's mental health? - Signs
What are the signs that my relative might need help?
We all go through stressful events from to time that can change our normal behaviour. Short-term changes to behaviour are common. We may feel more stressed, angry or sad. These feelings are not always a sign of mental illness.
But changes in behaviour can be a sign that your relative is developing a mental illness. You may notice that they start to behave differently. You may see a change over a short time or over a number of months.
Below are some common changes to look out for. Your relative may:
- be anxious,
- be irritable,
- try to start arguments,
- have mood swings,
- self harm,
- sleep too much or too little,
- not want to be around other people,
- be less able to cope with work or studies,
- have concentration problems
- have memory problems
- eat more or less, or
- have suicidal thoughts.
The changes in your relative’s behavior may be easier to spot if your relative develops psychosis. Psychosis is a medical term. It means that your relative may hear or see things that aren’t there. It can also include unusual beliefs that you and other people don’t share. If your relative has psychosis they might:
- focus on odd ideas or beliefs,
- be suspicious and paranoid. Such as thinking people are talking about them,
- believe that friends or family members want to harm them,
- think that the TV is talking to them,
- believe they are on a special mission or have special powers,
- not talk to anyone or not want to leave their room for days,
- have problems concentrating or remembering things, or
- stop eating, washing or dressing properly.
You can find more information about ‘Psychosis’ here.
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