Mental health well-being is influenced by a multitude of factors. Most of us face stressors everyday. Hopefully, with adequate coping skills, we are able to manage life’s challenges. Nevertheless, if things become overwhelming, a deviation from normal behavior and thinking often leads to distress. The presence of some form of abnormal behavior may not be unusual. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of their own mental state, and while they may benefit from help, they feel no compulsion to receive it. If there is a significant change in your well-being, consider whether or not an assessment can be helpful. Here is a list of signs and symptoms to look for and talk with your Psychiatrist about.

1. Persistent feelings of lack of motivation, apathy, and lost interest in normal social outlets
2. Feelings of detachment or disconnection from one’s environment and community
3. Unexplained changes in cognition, memory, or concentration
4. Erratic changes in behavior
5. Dramatic shifts in mood
6. Dramatic changes in sleep, eating behavior, and sexual functioning
7. Changes in logical thinking
8. Exaggerated fears or suspicions
9. Feeling easily overwhelmed, with a tendency towards avoidance
10. Changes in functioning: occupational, educational, personal, or social.
11. Reckless or self-injurious behaviors
12. Disregard for one’s welfare and/or the welfare of others
13. Problems with excessive alcohol or illicit drug use.