As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I had an idea to write a letter each day to a person, or group of people that have had an impact on my own personal health. The first portion of the month has been delayed, however I hope that I will catch up and there will be a daily post. Thank You for taking the time to read these and I appreciate any comments or support you can provide on each post.
Please remember that if you are struggling with your health, both physical or mental, there may be some triggers in these letters-please seek support if you find these letters trigger any distress. Look after yourself!!
Letter 24 – What Makes Mental Health Worse? Some warning signs with some help from the internet.
Today I decided to be daring and go to ‘Dr Google’ and simply search ‘What makes mental health worse’ – I was interested to see what similarities I may have to others.
I came across this page on www.psychologytoday.com that provides their 5 ‘warning signs of Mental Health Risk’ and I found that I can relate to all 5. Now everyone is different of course but Psychology Today listed the below warning signs;
- A Change in Personality. If someone is acting like a very different person, or not acting or feeling like themself, this is a warning sign.
This is a big one for people with mental health conditions. Please keep a watchful eye on yourself, or for those you care for. To look for any changes in personality.
- Uncharacteristic Anxiety, Anger, or Moodiness.
My moods are all over the place and it does not take much for me to feel angry, however, a lot of it is with reason but unfortunately, I cannot go into it. I don’t get PMS due to my PCOS and amenorrhea so PMS has never been an issue. But on occasions, my anxiety flares up quite badly with no reason what so ever, sometimes there is the slightest thing that sets me off and then it is a downhill slope from there, but I have not been able to identify the exact reason for my anxiety – this frustrates some people.
- Social Withdrawal and Isolation.
I very rarely leave the house, I like to shop at night when there are very few people in the shop, I use scan as you shop and I hate it when there is a problem and I have to call someone over or have a random check on my shopping. I do not go out or go to parties and the thought of being seen by people from work during work time makes me feel worse, another reason why I shop at night (If I can afford it) I feel bad that I am at home all day when they have to go to work.
- Lack of Self-Care or Risky Behaviors.
Mental Health definitely brings lack of self-care and risky behaviours for me, however, the risky behaviours are very mild. I hate how I do not look after myself as much as I should because of my mental health, washing, getting dressed and eating/exercise can be near impossible. (You may find it disgusting but it is the reality).
- A Sense of Hopelessness or Feeling Overwhelmed.
This is definitely something I have been feeling lately. The work situation and not working does not help, however being at work was equally overwhelming.
Like I said above, this isn’t the case and each individual has their own unique warning signs. Identifying them can be hard and they are not set in stone – things change!!