Mental Health & Family Practice

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Early Warning Signs Of Mental Health Illnesses


Mental Health issues can begin at any age and at any time that effect your loved ones. We don’t always know how to detect the early warning signs of mental issues taking shape in our friends or families. This guide can help provide insights into detecting mental illness warning signs.


1. Difficulty Concentrating 

Trouble focusing leads to poor performance, A person may seem constantly distracted or uninterested in the activity presented to them.


2. Substance Abuse

Signs of substance abuse,  alcoholism, and/or drug addiction can be related to mental health problems and issues. 


3. Drastic weight changes

Signs of mental illness include; overeating, demonstrating a loss of appetite, vomiting, or using laxatives.


4. Intense Emotions

Consent feelings of overwhelming fear or worry.  A constant state of anxiety that does not have a clear, discernible source.


5. Mood changes

Feelings of sadness or withdrawal, ongoing anger or irritability, severe mood swings, isolation, avoiding activities that were previously enjoyed.


6. Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of mental illness that some people experience are chronic headaches, stomachaches, and other types of aches.


7. Physical Harm

Self-injurious behavior such as cutting, giving away cherished possessions, reckless behavior that could lead to injury very easily, and thoughts or talk of suicide.


8. Behavior Changes

Drastic changes in behavior include acting up, fighting, use of weapons, isolation, poor sleeping patterns,  threats, and harm to others or oneself.

Signs Of Mental Health Illnesses

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How You Can Help Your Loved Ones

Once you have detected early warning signs of mental health issues in your loved ones, you must act in a timely manner. You can take any of these steps to help support your friend or family members experiencing any mental health issues.


Reach Out & Respond

  • Share your concerns with a designated mental health professional,  friends, or family member.
  • Provide examples of behavior that concerns you. Listen and ask questions.
  • De-stigmatize the issue, and emphasize your desire to support.

Work With Families & Friends


  • Facilitate improved communication between family, friends, co-workers, or place of work
  • Encourage family and friends to provide feedback or insight.
  • Partner with loved ones to set goals,  and aim to meet them.