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What are symptoms of mental illness?

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There are many different mental illnesses, and their symptoms vary. Some common symptoms include:

If you’ve had symptoms like these, talk to your doctor or a counselor to find out what’s going on and what would help you.

  • Problems with thinking (like being confused, suspicious, or unusually angry or sad)
  • Keeping to themselves
  • Mood swings
  • Relationship problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Feeling low on hope; not enjoying things that they used to like
  • Thoughts of suicide or harming themselves or others
  • Sleep problems (too much or too little)

From: Mental Illness Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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