Why are people so reluctant to address their mental needs? Why do we feel afraid to admit that we need help?
We all have something to deal with. Nobody is an exemption to the tough times that life throws. But even happy moments can bring stress to our lives like marriage, a new baby or a new job.
In other words, every day, we are facing risks of hurting our mental health. But how do we know when things are already taking a toll on our mental health?
If you have any of these five symptoms for more than a few weeks, then it’s time to embrace the fact that you are stressed and that it’s already time a mental checkup:
1 Patient to Grouchy
Have your smiles suddenly turned into frowns? Were you normally the optimistic and jolly member of the gang but lately find yourself blowing up over small things or arguing more with friends or family?
It could be a sign of some mental or emotional issues. More often than not, it turns out to be a state of depression or anxiety. This isn’t the same as a minor mood change. If your overall patience level with other people drops, pay attention and consult a mental health practitioner.
Many Pinoys, most especially those who juggle 2 jobs or school and a job, don’t get enough sleep. But they just assume they need to roll with it. That's not healthy.
Studies found out that people who suffer from sleep problems experience a drastic change in their daily lives. Lack of proper rest affects the activity of the brain and when it’s already too much, the mind gives up functioning properly and this leads to stress and mental problems. Paranoia is one.
So if you think there’s something keeping you from sleeping, then it’s time to seek professional help.
3 Transition from Social to Anti-social
When you suddenly start avoiding people and stop interacting with anyone, it could be a sign of depression.
The separation from the world is different from what introverts go through. Introverts still enjoy interacting with people, only that they wish to celebrate themselves more often than bonding with others.
Depressed people are different. They wish to shut themselves out from the world. They already feel alone so they wish to really be alone. Even checking social media is hard for them. Sometimes they still browse through the platforms, but they’d find all reasons to feel miserable with every post they see so eventually, they’d rather stay away from social media too.
4 Eating Disorder
There are times, like holidays, where people tend to overeat. But long-term overeating or constantly reaching for foods high in fat and sugar could be a sign of stress or emotional eating.
Studies have it that short-term stress may cause a loss of appetite, while long-term stress increases the hormone cortisol, which raises appetite.
5 Always Anxious
People suffering from mental health disorders lose their peace of mind hence leading to loss of rest and developing the feeling of anxiousness.
If you’re always wound up with a racing mind, it could be a symptom of anxiety. Unlike depression that often comes and goes, anxiety can become a constant -- and easily overlooked -- part of life. People can live with it for years without noticing its ties to mental health.
Anxiety often shows up in physical symptoms - headaches, tight shoulders, upset stomach, and breathing problems - which can cause the focus to be on physical rather than mental causes.
These are some of the simplest and early signs of several mental health problems. So if you feel like you have them or see these symptoms on others, encourage yourself and others to see professionl mental health practitioners.
But where should you get help in the Philippines?
Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Whether you’re looking to cope with a specific mental health problem, handle your emotions better, or simply to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of ways to take control of your mental health—starting today.
According to GMA News, "News To Go," program director of The One Algon Place Foundation Cel Gonzales said that “mental health issues, especially among the young, has become more prevalent these days. Unfortunately, there are only 700 licensed mental health workers, leading to a ratio of about two specialists for every 100,000 individuals.”
Here are 8 clinics in the Philippines that give free mental health assessment:
Remember guys, It's OK to Get Help!
Have a sound mind and happiness will follow. Don’t be afraid to embrace the situations. Save lives by sharing this to others whom you feel might need help.