Warning Signs of Mental Illness

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We all have different moods on different days, but some changes deserve special attention. Treatment for mental illness is most effective when it's started early according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) which lists these warning signs of mental illness:

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· Dramatic personality change
· Inability to cope with daily problems and duties
· Grandiose or strange ideas
· Excessive anxiety
· Long-term depression and apathy
· Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
· Thinking of or talking about suicide
· Extreme highs and lows
· Alcohol or drug abuse
· Excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

(Health Information Library, APA, 12/30/10)

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