The Five Signs of Emotional Distress




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One in five people suffer from mental health issues, but how can you tell when someone might need help? People rarely open up about these issues, and they may not even realize that they’re in trouble in the first place.


The Campaign to Change Direction recognized this problem, and identified five warning signs that someone may be suffering from emotional distress. Here’s what you should look out for.


Personality Change

A change in personality could be sudden or gradual, but if someone stops acting like themselves, start paying attention.


Agitated

People suffering from emotional distress may be uncharacteristically angry or irritated, and they may experience dramatic mood swings or lose their temper over small issues.


Isolated or Withdrawn

If someone starts pulling away from friends and family, and generally becomes less social, this may be a sign of emotional distress. They may even start missing work or important events.   


Poor Self-Care

Someone might stop showering or grooming themselves, eat poorly, or stop exercising. This could also include risky behavior, such as drug or alcohol abuse.


Hopelessness

This is a big warning sign, and can be more subtle than the others. If someone expresses feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and guilt, this could be a sign that they’re experiencing suicidal thoughts.  


If you or someone you know is showing these signs, learn how to find help. If you need immediate help, call the Suicide Hotline at (800)-273-8255 or the Domestic Violence Hotline at (800)-799-7233.

 



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