Mental and physical health are closely connected, and just like physical health, mental health plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. Mental health influences how we think, feel and behave. It also helps determine how we manage stress, relate to others and make healthy choices. Mental health can change over time and is dependent on numerous factors.
When it comes to mental health, it can be challenging to ask for help or know whether you should pursue treatment. The only way to understand if you need mental health treatment is to speak with a professional, but these four signs may give you a good idea if you need additional support.
These signs do not constitute a comprehensive list and may not always indicate mental health problems.
Experiencing Sleep Problems
Many of us have experienced those awful nights where we cannot get to sleep, no matter how hard we try. But if sleepless nights become a common occurrence, your body may be trying to alert you to an internal problem.
According to WebMD, depression and insomnia are often related, as 80 percent of people with depression have trouble falling asleep. Lack of sleep may also suggest anxiety, post-traumatic stress or a manic episode related to bipolar disorder. Keep in mind that sleep deprivation will only worsen your symptoms. So if you have sleep problems, do not disregard them.
Noticing a Change in Appetite
Have your eating habits changed recently? If you find yourself eating inconsistently or eating more or less than usual, this difference in appetite could be related to a mental health problem.
WebMD states that anxiety triggers emotional and psychological changes to the body and can make you lose your appetite since it affects the stomach and digestive tract. Not eating can cause problematic symptoms like fatigue and unwanted weight loss. Stress can also cause a reduced or increased appetite. If you would like to learn about the impact of stress on the body and some tips to manage it, check out our blog, Stress Management.
Struggling With Relationships
Most interpersonal relationships have their ups and downs. However, if you feel disconnected, withdrawn or perhaps, more argumentative towards family members and friends, you may need mental health treatment.
Isolation, for example, is often a symptom of a substance use disorder. A substance use disorder (SUD) is a health condition that can mentally, physically and emotionally affect an individual. According to MayoClinic, a substance use disorder can cause someone to change their behavior, avoid social gatherings and not meet obligations at home or work. If you suspect you have a substance use disorder, you should seek professional treatment as soon as possible.
Each mental health condition has signs and symptoms, and the signs of worsening mental health can look different for everyone. However, if you continually find yourself feeling “off,” do not spend each day suffering. There is no shame in seeking help, as there are many types of mental health treatment available. You can learn about the treatment options here at Seneca Health Services in our blog, Different Types of Mental Health Treatments.
If you find that your feelings are escalating into thoughts of self-harm or suicide, and you need immediate help, we also offer crisis services. We provide crisis services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Our community engagement coordinators are familiar with the warning signs of many behavioral health challenges and provide prevention assistance for those struggling with suicidal ideations, severe substance use disorders and more. Initial crisis services are free and confidential.
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We provide a holistic approach to substance use and mental health treatment at Seneca Health Services. Our professional staff of psychiatrists, physician extenders, psychologists, therapists, nurses, case managers and other professional staff are dedicated to improving our patients’ health. People come to us for mental health assistance for many reasons, including anxiety, behavioral problems, personal tragedy, depression, difficulty dealing with stress, substance use disorders and more.
At Seneca Health Services, we personalize our patients’ care, so they receive adequate treatment. We listen and will not provide any more or any less than what you need. We also respect diversity and offer specialized services to address the needs of our patients. Seneca Health Services is always here for you, whenever you are ready.
If you need help or have questions about mental health treatment, please do not hesitate to contact the Seneca office nearest you or use the link provided here.
Greenbrier County, West Virginia: (304) 497-0500
Nicholas County, West Virginia: (304) 872-2659
Pocahontas County, West Virginia: (304) 799-6865
Webster County, West Virginia: (304) 847-5425