If you have a sore throat, swollen glands, and a fever you would quickly realize the need to see your doctor. It is easy to tell your doctor about your symptoms of strep throat, a stomach bug, or any common condition because most of us are familiar with the symptoms. However, not everyone knows the symptoms of mental conditions. It’s easy to overlook early mental health symptoms, much easier than overlooking a cough or fever. It is important to be aware of signs and symptoms of mental health conditions so you know when it is appropriate to seek additional help. At Oregon Health Direct Primary Care, we consider mental health to be as essential as any other aspect of your medical health.
Early treatment of mental disorders is important, and it begins with identifying your early symptoms. The sooner you can receive help, the quicker you can get to understanding and resolution.
Below is a list of concerning behaviors that you may be experiencing or beginning to notice in yourself or a loved one. It is important to understand, any of these symptoms or behaviors could be a normal reaction to life stressors; however, if normal daily activities are changing and personality changes are noted, it is time to bring this up with your doctor.
These are meant for your guidance and a place to begin a conversation with your primary care doctor. Additionally, if you do not have any of the symptoms below doesn’t mean you can’t seek help from friends, family or a professional resource regarding any concerns you have.
The following is an adapted list of mental health disorder symptoms from Mental Health America (MHA):
- Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
- Feelings of extreme highs and lows
- Excessive fears, worries, and anxieties
- Social withdrawal
- Suicidal thoughts
- Denial of obvious problems
- Confused thinking
- Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Strong feelings of anger
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
- Numerous unexplained physical ailments
- Substance abuse
Keeping your doctor informed of any of the above symptoms, or anything that is concerning you, is essential to maintaining your overall health. As a primary physician, Dr. Mathai believes in treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms. He can work with you on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and self-care, and get you in contact with a mental health specialist when needed. We at Oregon Health DPC take into account all your healthcare needs, ensuring that you and your loved ones get the correct level of care needed at all times.