Mental health conditions are NOT caused by personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. They ARE medical conditions that can impact a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect a person's ability to relate to others or function on a daily basis.
After 15 years of being a member of NAMI, I'm still learning. Do you know the warning signs to look for? Here are just a few: DEPRESSION - feeling sad or withdrawn or unmotivated for more than two weeks, RISK-TAKING - Out of control, risky behaviors, FEAR - Sudden, overwhelming fear for no reason, WEIGHT CHANGE - Significant weight loss or gain, MOOD SWINGS - Severe mood swings causing problems in relationships, SUBSTANCE ABUSE - Excessive use of alcohol or drugs, BEHAVIOR - Drastic change in behavior, personality or sleeping habits, LACK OF FOCUS - Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still.
If you or a loved one is experiencing warning signs of mental health conditions, talk to someone, a healthcare provider, a friend, a local support group. Call your local NAMI for more resources.