There are many different common mental health issues that people may experience. Understanding these common mental health issues can help you start the road to healing. While there are many different mental health issues that you may be experiencing, it’s important to work with a Therapist or other mental health professional to get a diagnosis.
One in Five adults experience symptoms of mental illness.
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues. Depression can affect people of all ages. Depression can include symptoms of low self esteem, loss of interest, general sadness, guilt, and minor to no self-worth (1).
Sleeping habits and eating habits may also be affected. Daily routines and patterns may erode and change. This change can be slow and gradual or sudden and can lead to exhaustion.
Depression can be long term or recurring. It can affect many different aspects of your life and be a large part of your mental health. Depression can be dangerous and should be treated by a therapist.
Depression can go hand in hand with anxiety and are normally coexisting conditions. Anxiety comes in the form of anxious thoughts or ruminations, fears that may or may not be rooted in objective reality and physical symptoms like panic attacks, insomnia, shallow breathing and a host of somatic symptoms. Anxiety is highly treatable.
Managing your symptoms is important when confronting your anxiety. You may have anxiety in certain situations or general anxiety. Working with a therapist to understand your triggers and help to manage your symptoms can dramatically improve your life (2).
Trauma and PTSD
While everyone has their struggles in life, those that have experienced trauma have had experiences in their lives that may change them. These changes and symptoms from the trauma can lead to loss of sleep, nightmares and severe anxiety (3),
PTSD symptoms are normally grouped into four different types (2,3). The four groups are: changes in physical and emotional reactions, negative changes in thinking and mood, avoidance, and intrusive memories. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include: recurrent, unwanted memories or nightmares of the incident, reliving the event or flashbacks, emotional distress, avoidance of places, people, or activities that may trigger memories of the traumatic event, hopelessness, and negative thoughts about yourself, people, or the world around you.
Addiction is a disease with mental health complications. While each person’s battle with addiction is unique, there are common symptoms that you may experience. These symptoms can include the inability to stop, use and abuse of substances, obsession, taking risks, and taking large doses of substances (1,3). Symptoms can also include physical symptoms. Withdrawal can also increase psychological symptoms also.
Working with a therapist in addition to your other support team can help you to manage your symptoms and build coping strategies. The consequences of your addiction can be difficult to deal with. A therapist can help you to process your feelings and incorporate your addiction into your complete mental health approach.
There are many different mental health conditions in addition to the ones we detailed here. Speaking with a therapist can help you to understand your mental health conditions and move toward a diagnosis. A therapist is a great partner to help you heal, understand yourself better, and set you up for success.