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Recognizing Symptoms

Only trained professionals can diagnose mental illness and addiction behavior; however, there are some signs that will indicate that someone might be struggling with symptoms of mental illness or addiction:

Adults:

  • Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Confusion
  • Long periods being sad or irritated
  • Unusual fear, anxiety and worry
  • Moods of extreme highs and lows
  • Withdrawal
  • Unexplained physical problems
  • Difficulty sleeping and changes in eating habits
  • Suicidal
  • Inability to cope with life's problems

Youth/Teens:

  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Suicidal
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Negative attitude
  • Inability to cope with life's problems
  • Rebellious toward authority, skipping school and in trouble with law enforcement
  • Unexplained physical problems
  • Intense focus on physical weight

Children:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tantrums
  • Aggressive behavior/disobedience
  • Chronic nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Poor grades and changes in attitudes toward education

Obtained From WebMD

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