Mental disorders can change your life forever, and they may not be tied to any specific event. Something like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have a root cause, but something like schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may seem to manifest at random. This often happens earlier in life, but some cases appear in adults who never dreamed that they would have to deal with such a challenge in their personal and professional life.
As with many disorders and diseases, early identification is often very helpful. It gives you a chance to meet with medical professionals and discuss your options. When you see warning signs in your own life, you know it’s time to take action.
Every case is unique
The following are some common warning signs of many different mental disorders. However, please remember that every case is unique. Some people have many symptoms, while others have none. Others think they see symptoms and wind up without the disorder they assumed those symptoms pointed to. Working with a professional medical and legal team is the best way forward. With that in mind, here are a few potential symptoms to watch for:
- Mood swings
- Emotional changes
- Difficulty functioning at work or school
- Changes to sleep schedules
- Changes to appetite
- Becoming more withdrawn and less social
- Having difficulty thinking, especially about complex issues
- Feeling disconnected from those around you
- Experiencing over-stimulation
- Feeling nervous
- Engaging in new and unusual behavior
- Thinking illogically
It’s often hard to notice all of these changes yourself. Those thinking illogically may believe that their thoughts are rational. This is why it’s so important to listen to those close to you who have your best interests at heart. They can tell you when they’re seeing major changes and they’re concerned about the underlying conditions that may be leading to those changes.
Exploring your options
If you do go to the doctor and get a diagnosis, you may quickly start thinking about your future and what this means for your career. It’s important to explore all of your options, including the use of disability benefits.