There are people dealing with mental illnesses across the globe, some diagnosed and others unaware. About 42.5 million adults here in the United States suffer from some kind of mental illness.

If you are someone who feels there may be something going on with your mental health you should take the time to go see someone about it. Your issues will never go away if there is something underlying causing them. Below you will find a list of things that should be seen as red flags when it comes to whether or not your mental health is in danger. You can work through just about anything with the right treatment, there is always hope.

As I mentioned earlier, many people suffer from different kinds of mental illnesses, so you are never alone in this. While it is not widely talked about just yet it is still a very real issue. There is nothing wrong with taking the necessary steps to get the help you need.

18 Signs You Need to Put Yourself First and Get Your Mental Health Checked Out:

1. You experience strong feelings of anger that will not go away.

Anger is a strong feeling but it is also one that we must work through. Being pissed off 24/7 is not healthy. There has to be something driving this anger.

2. You become socially withdrawn.

There are lots of different mental illnesses and most of them tend to cut us off from the people around us. We stop wanting to go out and do things. We become a shell of who we once were.

3. You are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Suicidal thoughts are always cause for alarm. If you are thinking about killing yourself and really considering it please don’t. Get the help that you need, if you are not sure where to start you can call or text the suicide hotline and speak with someone who will be able to point you in the right direction.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 from anywhere in the US.

4. You are experiencing excessive fear or worries.

Anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and other things of the sort are not fun to deal with. If you are experiencing excessive fear or worry you should know that it doesn’t have to be this way. This is treatable, there are tons of different conventional and alternative treatments for anxiety.

5. You feel discontent in general constantly.

Nothing makes you happy anymore. Everything feels like a chore. Life is even a chore.

6. You go through rapid shifts in feeling.

Mood swings are a good indicator that something is wrong within. We don’t just jump from extremely happy to upset and crying over nothing. Something serious is going on.

7. You experience persistent nightmares.

Persistent nightmares can essentially ruin our lives. If we go on allowing them to rule our sleep we will become exhausted and afraid. Figuring out why these nightmares are occurring will benefit you greatly and help you to overcome them.

8. You go through dramatic changes in your sleeping habits.

This could mean sleeping more or sleeping less. It all varies from person to person. Dramatic changes in our sleeping patterns have dramatic impacts on our lives as well.

9. You go through dramatic changes in your eating habits.

If you all of a sudden lose your appetite or cannot stop eating, in general, the problem could be on a mental level. We are all different and we all handle things in different manners. For some overindulging is the answer.

10. You are just going with the flow.

Your life is not really much of a life anymore. You just go through the motions day in and day out. Nothing has meaning anymore.

11. You feel like you are experiencing too much ‘pain.’

You know that the burden you are holding within is too much for one person. You feel like you are going to explode. Share that pain with someone else, lessen your burden.

12. You lose the desire to participate in things you used to love.

Your hobbies and things you used to love are not fun anymore. Nothing matters now, everything is meaningless. You just don’t feel like doing anything.

13. You struggle to concentrate.

When we have a lot going on mentally it can slow down our concentration. If you are experiencing brain fog there is a reason for it. You may be dealing with something you don’t even realize.

14. You see or hear things that other people cannot.

Delusions and hallucinations are common in several different forms of mental illnesses. That being said, you can overcome these hallucinations. They do not have to hold power over you. Do not let fear control you.

15. You experience unexplainable physical ailments.

You are going through pain physically that cannot be explained. No matter what you try it is still there. This might be because your pain is stemming from a mental issue that you are not aware of. Even depression has physical symptoms like back pain and joint pain.

16. You struggle to cope with your problems.

If you are unable to deal with your problems a little therapy might do you some good. We all have problems in life and whether or not we want to we all have to learn to cope. Struggling to get through things is no way to live.

17. You are tired all of the time.

Many mental illnesses cause fatigue and things of the sort. Those with depression often struggle to even get out of bed. Mental illness plenty of physical symptoms. Nothing is ever ‘all in your head.’

18. You feel empty.

You feel like nothing matters anymore. Life and the people around you are nothing. This kind of emptiness always has a reason behind it.

If you are experiencing any of the things above you might just benefit a great deal from talking to someone. Taking care of your mental health is important. Be there for yourself in all possible ways.

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