You’ve been avoiding going to the doctor, hoping things will get better as time goes on. Stop waiting.
There are mental health symptoms that you should not ignore, because if you wait too long, you may have a bigger issue to deal with down the road. Here are six mental health-related symptoms you should not ignore.
Too much sleep
Sleep is essential for regulating our emotions. If you are getting too much sleep, you might feel as if you run out of time during your day or you miss important functions because you’re barely awake (or even sleep through them). Sleeping too much is often a symptom of depression; it can also be related to other medical issues. If you are sleeping more than 8 hours a night and you do not feel rested, follow up with a doctor.
Not sleeping enough
Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, not feeling rested when you wake up? This is also a common symptom of depression and anxiety issues. Not sleeping enough can also be related to sleep apnea and hormonal imbalances. Don’t wait to talk with a medical professional if you are not getting enough sleep.
A racing heart
Talk with a doctor immediately if you feel as though you are having a heart attack — it might be one. While it also could be a panic attack — which is also something you should attend to — don’t take any chances!
A stomach ache can be a symptom of stress or anxiety. Don’t ignore a lingering stomach ache. Many of the patients I have seen over the years who deal with chronic anxiety also have accompanying stomach issues. Many times when anxiety symptoms are treated effectively, stomach problems often decrease or go away completely.
Frequent stress and strain can produce headaches. If you develop headaches and are dealing with a great deal of stress or anxiety, seek the help of a professional. Learning proper stress-reducing techniques can often alleviate headaches.
Rapid changes in mood
Do you ever feel like you are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? If you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster, then getting help is in order. If you have several days in a row where you are not sleeping and then can’t get yourself out of bed, these are symptoms of a mental health issue that needs to be addressed.