Being aware of changes can help you to detect warning signs of mental health issues. Noticing differences as soon as they start can lead to everyone benefiting from earlier help. Talk with a counselor about your concerns.
Letting Go of Personal Care
Sometimes a change in an individual’s appearance can be a signal. This may be especially true if someone you love, who has always taken care of themselves, no longer bathes, grooms, or dresses in a fashion you are familiar with. This may be an indicator of a larger problem. Don’t assume it is a choice, the changes in personal care may be due to a larger issue, one that leaves the person unable to follow the routine they have followed for years.
Plus, if someone is unhappy with their appearance it can negatively impact how they feel about themselves. Staying clean and grooming are important aspects to living a healthy life.
Withdrawing as a Warning Sign of a Mental Health Issue
It is common for people suffering to withdrawal and it can be a symptom of a mental health issue. If you notice yourself not being excited by healthy activities you enjoyed in the past, or if you see someone you love avoiding their standard social commitments, speak up. Because if you are no longer feeling joy, you might have issues you need to talk through. And, if an older adult you love begins to leave their game nights behind, it may be because they are having trouble following the games due to memory issues.
Ignoring friends and family can also be linked to a change in mood. A noticeable shift in disposition is also a warning sign. For example, is someone goes from decades of an easygoing attitude to daily anxiety, there is a larger problem. Particularly if a mood shift lasts from days into weeks and then months. There are risks involved with social isolation, don’t ignore it.
Memory Loss and Memory Issues
Too often memory issues are thought to be a standard part of the process of getting older. If your gut tells you something is wrong, trust your gut. If there are signs of memory loss—having trouble concentrating or being unable to see to monthly bills—take them seriously.
There are many medical issues than can lead to memory issues. Some of these conditions include tumors, thyroid problems, alcohol abuse, prescription side effects and poor nutrition.
When considering the level of memory loss, keep in mind that it might take time to discover what the problem is or if there is a problem at all. Forgetting one word is much different than being unable to follow a conversation, for example.
Speak with a professional about any concerns you have about the warning signs of mental health issues. They can assess the situation and alleviate your concerns or, if there is an issue, help you find the right path to better day-to-day living.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.