Mental illnesses are more common than we think, 1 in 5 people may suffer from some kind of mental illness at least once in their lives in the United States only. The number is serious in children and women.Most people never realize that they or someone around them might be suffering from mental illness. Most people believe that there is someone else, a person who looks abnormal usually have a mental disorder.
Unlike a common belief, mental illnesses are more common and widespread than anyone can think. According to an estimate, 54 million Americans suffer from some kind of mental disorder and the number is increasing every year.According to studies of the epidemiology of mental illness, in coming next year leading cause of disability in the human will be due to HIV and depression. More than 2 million Americans suffering from schizophrenia disorders.
How to deal with someone having a mental disorder?
Most families are not prepared to cope with a situation where their loved one is diagnosed mental illness. It can be a physical and emotional pain for the whole family to live with someone having a mental illness.
How to identify that your loved one is having a mental illness?
If you think or feel someone in your family, friends or colleagues are having following symptoms, they might be having a mental illness.
In children (Pre-Adolescents/ Older children):
- Substance use in older children
- Inability to cope with everyday problem
- Problem in concentration
- Changes in sleep cycle/ eating habits
- Pain in body or tiredness
- Changes in ability to manage home or study tasks
- Intense fear
- Wild mood swings
- Inability to follow any instruction
- Suicidal thoughts
Symptoms in younger children:
- Poor grades, problems in studying despite strong efforts
- Changes in sleep cycle or eating habits
- Anxiety, denial of authority and intense fear (nightmares)
- Tantrums, sudden mood swings
In Adults, Young Adults, and Adolescents:
- Extreme tiredness
- Sadness, depression, irritability
- Confused thinking/ problem in concentration
- Fears, anxiety, and worries
- Social withdrawal for no reason
- Problem in having good sleep
- Poor appetite
- Strange thoughts, delusions/illusions/hallucination (seeing things that aren’t present)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Pain in body
- Substance use
If you find these symptoms, set it your priority to send or take that person to a doctor and also learn how to deal with someone having a mental illness.