By Anne Ndungu, Counsellor and Life Coach
I know understanding mental health and the condition is very opaque but necessary, especially in this evolving world.
With the many suicides and domestic violence incidences, people need to be sensitized to mental health.
How do l know someone close to me has a mental condition? Well we have several mental conditions and l will name a few, they include Anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias. Depression bipolar and other mood disorders. Eating disorders.
Now all these symptoms are very common and include and are not limited to the persistent feeling of sadness or interest with that. …….it’s important that major depression can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, energy level, concentration daily behaviour or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
People may experience mood disorders, anxiety, apathy general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings or sadness. Behavioural agitation excessive crying, irritability, restlessness or social isolation. Sleep early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia or restless sleep.
Whole body, excessive hunger, fatigue and loss of appetite. Cognitive lack of concentration or slowness in activity. Weight gain or loss.
Have you noted that suicide or harm to others is common to in all symptoms? How do you know someone is suicidal? Well, generally the person tends to:-
Talk about dying or wanting to die
Talk about feeling empty
Mentioning strong feelings of guilt and shame.
Talk about not having a reason to live or that others would be better off without them.
Social withdrawal and isolation
Giving away personal items and wrapping up loose ends
Saying goodbye to friends and family.
Please be your neighbour, friend and loved one keeper. Remember it’s okay not to be okay. Let’s talk boldly about these issues and reduce the stigma that way we will save a life if not lives.
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