Mental health affects a person's behavior, emotions and thought process. There are a myriad of factors that can lead to mental illness. Left untreated, mental health disorders sometimes lead to physical health problems.
Signs and Symptoms
The causes of mental illness vary, as do the signs and symptoms of each specific type of mental health disorder. The overt signs and symptoms of mental illness can include:
Sometimes, the patient is unable to recognize the severity of their symptoms and a significant other must intervene and initiate a healthcare evaluation and treatment plan.
Risk Factors to Developing Mental Illness
There are many different factors that can increase a person's risk of developing a mental illness. Being aware of inherited and environmental influences is important.
Negative Effects of Mental Health
Long-term mental illness sometimes results in physical health problems. Left untreated, mental health issues can manifest into the following symptoms:
What else can happen as a result of a mental illness? Such diseases affect many social aspects of a patient's life. Here are the areas most negatively affected:
It is important to seek advice and treatment of any new or chronic medical condition from your primary care physician. Mental illness and the accompanying physical symptoms will not resolve without an appropriate treatment plan.