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Most common types of mental health issues

The purpose of this guide is to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues. Left untreated, these issues can become debilitating and even life-threatening. If you feel that you may be experiencing these issues or find yourself concerned for a friend or peer, it is important to take action now.

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Depression is a common but serious illness that leaves you feeling despondent and helpless, completely detached from the world. It can interfere with your life, making important everyday tasks such as working, studying, sleeping, and eating difficult. Depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain likely caused by a combination of genetics, and biological, psychological, and environmental factors. 

Symptoms

  • Physical Well-being Symptoms: Changes in sleep habits, whether sleeping more or — more frequently — difficulty sleeping. Appetite changes, including either a loss of appetite or overeating
  • Emotional Symptoms: Sadness, feelings of being overwhelmed, feelings of hopelessness, and feelings of powerlessness
  • Thinking Symptoms: Seeing a glass ‘half-empty,’ having trouble concentrating and paying attention, resulting in difficulty in reading and completing work tasks

Recognizing the Signs

  • Have you experienced extreme sadness or hopelessness?
  • Does your family have a history of depression?
  • Have you turned to heavy drinking or drug use to relieve feelings of hopelessness?
  • Have you experienced invasive thoughts of death or suicide?

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Low levels of stress and anxiety are a part of most people’s lives. In turn, experiencing these feelings does not necessarily mean that you have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders occur when anxiety interferes with your daily life, halting your ability to function, and causing an immense amount of stress and fear. 

Symptoms

  • Feelings of stress and apprehension
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fearfulness
  • Sweating and dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Headaches
  • Frequent upset stomach or diarrhea

Recognizing the Signs

  • Have experienced a tragic event and do not develop healthy coping habits
  • Appear to live in constant fear of failure, academically or socially
  • Are uncomfortable and extremely anxious in social atmospheres
  • Have trouble concentrating or seem to have a blank mind
  • Seem plagued with guilt or stress
  • Have visible panic attacks

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Millions of college students — both women and men alike — develop eating disorders during their college years. The vast majority don’t seek help or don’t realize the extent of their problem. Eating disorders are extreme behaviors, emotions, and attitudes that revolve around food and weight perceptions. These disorders cause serious mental and physical problems that can result in life-threatening issues when left untreated.

Symptoms 

  • Distorted or poor body image
  • Excessive exercise
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Dehydration
  • Feeling like eating is out of control
  • Fear of eating in public
  • Constantly making excuses for eating habits

Recognizing the Signs

  • Is your friend skipping meals or only eating small portions?
  • Is your friend suddenly uninterested in foods they once loved?
  • Is your friend limiting their meals to foods very low in calories?
  • Is your friend taking diet pills excessively or medication that suppresses hunger, such as Adderall or Ritalin?
  • Does your friend disappear suddenly to the restroom after meals?
  • Are your friend’s teeth noticeably stained?
  • Are they using mints after trips to the bathroom or perfume to mask the smell of vomit?

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Suicide is the act of deliberately taking one’s own life. Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and despair can build when students don’t take steps to cope with stressors. Suicide affects everyone, including a victim’s friends and family.

Suicidal thoughts often stem from a preexisting mental condition. Depression, which causes distorted thinking, can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts. Feeling completely overwhelmed and helpless from anxiety may also lead you down this path. Mental illnesses left untreated can have dire conclusions.

Symptoms

  • Speech: Suicidal people may talk about feeling trapped, feeling as if they are a burden to others, that they have no reason to go on, and may discuss suicide.
  • Mood: Individuals suffering from suicidal ideation may display a variety of moods, including anxiety, irritability, loss of interest in things activities and objects they enjoyed before, humiliation, rage, and depression.
  • Behavior: People considering suicide may exhibit specific behaviors including giving away possessions they once prized, withdrawing from friends and family, inexplicably visiting people to tell them goodbye, searching online for means of committing suicide, sleeping poorly or too often, behaving recklessly, displaying aggression, and increasing their use of drugs and alcohol.

What Should You Do if You Start to Notice Suicidal Behavior in Your Friend?

  1. Ask them directly: “Are you considering killing yourself?” This may seem blunt. 
  2. Make safety a priority: If they answer positively to step one, ask them if they have a plan. While it may not be easy, removing lethal objects and items in the dorm or home.
  3. Be there for them: Sometimes the most you can do for someone is simply to be there for them when they need you. Be there for them and listen to what they have to say. Acknowledge and talk to them about the realities of suicide. 
  4. Give them the tools to help themselves
  5. Remain in contact: When and if a crisis occurs or after a suicidal individual is discharged, staying in contact makes a big difference and can potentially save the life of an at-risk person.

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Students who are experiencing symptoms related to inattention and hyperactivity in multiple settings in a way that is interfering with their ability to be successful in school, work, and/or with peers may be struggling with ADHD.

Symptoms 

Inattention 

  • Difficulty with giving close attention Difficulty holding attention
  • Difficulty listening
  • Difficulty following through on tasks
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Difficulty maintaining attention for extended period
  • Tendency to lose things
  • Easily distracted

Hyperactivity 

  • Fidgeting
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Feeling restless
  • Difficulty with talking excessively or blurting things out; 
  • Trouble with waiting turn or interrupting

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Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances.

Symptoms

  • Acne
  • Headaches 
  • Chronic pain
  • Frequent sickness 
  • Decreased energy and insomnia 
  • Digestive issues 
  • Appetite changes
  • Depression
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating 

Stress is something that most people will experience at one point or another. There are many ways to help relieve stress, such as practicing mindfulness, exercising and doing yoga.

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Panic attacks often come on quickly and without warning and cause people to feel as though they are going to go crazy or are about to die.

Symptoms 

  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Feelings of numbness or tingling
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Fear of losing control and fear of dying

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Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well on a regular basis. Whether they are caused by a health problem or by too much stress, sleep disorders are becoming increasingly common.

Symptoms 

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Strong urge to take naps during the day
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Depression

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