Spotting the Signs of a Mental Health Disorder

The importance of identifying the Signs

Mental illness affects nearly 44 million individuals across the nation and is far more prevalent than some may realize. Sometimes, mental illness cannot be noticed by simply looking at a person which is why it is often referred to as the ‘silent illness’. Those who struggle with mental health issues endure intense feelings of depression, anxiety, and oftentimes, hopelessness. It’s important to detect the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder as, if it goes untreated, can be extremely hazardous to the individual’s life and wellbeing.

Since it can be difficult to detect the presence of mental illness in an individual, diagnosis goes upon various signs and symptoms coupled with individual assessments and evaluations. These are often conducted by a mental health specialist or psychiatrist.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be struggling with a mental health disorder, consider paying close attention to see if they suffer from any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Constant worry
  • Excessive fear
  • Anxiety
  • Avoiding social gatherings
  • Persistent low energy
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Very moody
  • Changes in performance at work/school
  • Aggression
  • A bad temper

If you notice any of these symptoms, a mental health issue may be present. It’s important to get a professional diagnosis if you believe that you or someone you know may be struggling with a mental health disorder.

Preventing Problems

Early detection of warning signs and diagnosing a mental health disorder can help the individual get assistance early on. Once a diagnostic test has been conducted on the individual, a proper treatment plan can be provided. Treatment can consist of a combination of therapy, mediation, and holistic means of recovery.

It’s important that the individual seek help for their mental health disorder early on as not getting help can lead the individual to abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol in order to cope with the symptoms. Treatment will help the individual better manage their symptoms which will give them a better quality of life while also knowing that their mental health disorder is under control.

Getting Help

Many individuals who struggle with a mental health disorder will also benefit from individualized counseling and support. Group therapy, as well as one-on-one therapy, is very beneficial for those seeking the help of a support network. Being surrounded by individuals who are going through similar struggles as yourself can help you realize that you are not alone in this battle.

There are over 200 mental health disorders that individuals can suffer from. If you feel as though you may be struggling, you must get a patient evaluation completed in order to determine whether or not you suffer from a mental health disorder.

Just as any disorder requires professional treatment in order to recover from, so do mental health disorders. Treatment can help you better cope and manage with the symptoms of your mental heal disorder so that you can carry on in your everyday life without the weight of these symptoms on your shoulders.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.