Do I Have This? Part 1
MOST COMMON MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS (These are LEGIT definitions from experts, not us)
***We can’t diagnose you (trust us, you don’t want us too) but we do have some info that can help you if you’re wondering whether or not you may need to seek professional assistance.
PART I (Anxiety – Eating Disorders)
- Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling the worry
- Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
Mania symptoms include periods of elevated mood or irritability. When experiencing a manic episode, a patient often has high energy levels with reduced need for sleep. Less often, people may experience psychosis. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, low energy, low motivation, or loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
- Bipolar I (Hypermania <-> Mild to Moderate Depression)
- Bipolar II (Hypomania <-> Moderate to Severe Depression)
- Rapid Cycling (4 or more mania <-> depression episodes in 1 year)
- Cyclothymia (mildest form of hypomania <-> depression)
Depression (aka Unipolar Disorder)
- Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping.
- Fatigue and lack of energy.
- A dramatic change in appetite resulting in change in weight (gain or loss)
- Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt.
- Inability to concentrate, think clearly, or make decisions.
- Agitation, restlessness, and irritability.
- Inactivity and withdrawal from typical pleasurable activities.
- Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- The physical signs and symptoms also includes emotional and behavior issues related to an unrealistic perception of body weight and an extremely strong fear of gaining weight or becoming fatAnorexia – Physical signs and symptoms of anorexia may include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Thin appearance
- Abnormal blood counts
- Dizziness or fainting
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers
- Hair that thins, breaks or falls out
- Soft, downy hair covering the body
- Absence of menstruation
- Dry or yellowish skin
- Intolerance of cold
- Irregular heart rhythms
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of arms or legs
- Being preoccupied with your body shape and weight
- Living in fear of gaining weight
- Feeling that you can’t control your eating behavior
- Eating until the point of discomfort or pain
- Eating much more food in a binge episode than in a normal meal or snack
- Forcing yourself to vomit or exercise too much to keep from gaining weight after bingeing
- Misusing laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating
- Restricting calories or avoiding certain foods between binges
- Using dietary supplements or herbal products excessively for weight loss
Source: Mayo Clinic